So I don't go out to eat much anymore and when I do, it tends to be places in my own neighborhood or my favorites but last night we were downtown and decided to give Cafe de la Presse a try. I had attended a work-related cocktail hour there in December, had enjoyed the appetizers & wines and really liked the service and atmosphere.
Last night we had a bottle of Spanish rose ($28), Michael had a shrimp/grapefruit/avocado salad with a tomato dressing ($12?), the beef bourguignon which comes gratin side ($21) and the chocolate mousse dessert ($7). I had the frisse salad with lardon & a poached egg ($12), the tomato/basil galette ($9) and the cheese plate for dessert ($12). The bill came to $98 before tip.
The service was good, the atmosphere was great, the food was hit & miss.
Great: my frisse salad was just like the ones I ate almost every day in Paris; the gratin was tasty, the broiled guyere topping took it to the next level!
Good: the beef bourguignon was quite nice; the shrimp/grapefruit salad was refreshing, tasty and the dressing quite good.
Forgettable-to-bad: there was nothing interesting about chocolatte mousse; the tomato/basil galette got soggy within seconds and was a total ordering error, I didn't realize it was a really just a pizza and I usually know better than to order out of season food (tomato/basil in January? What was I thinking?); the cheese plate was annoying, the cheeses were served too cold (one of my pet peeves) and the brie was seriously underripe which was so obvious, it pissed me off.
I would definitely go back when I'm craving an excellent frisse/lardon/poached egg salad but that's about it. In fact, this morning we looked at each other and said "ya know, we could have eaten at Metro on Divisadero (in our own hood) for less and enjoyed it more."
Bauer on Cafe de la Presse - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...
Cafe de la Presse
352 Grant Avenue (at Bush)
San Francisco (415) 398-2680
Breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m. daily; lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m daily (late afternoon menu 2:30-4:30 p.m.); dinner 5:30-10 p.m. nightly. Beer and wine. Reservations accepted for dinner. Credit cards accepted. Nearby lots; valet $12 an hour at Triton.
Daley on Metro Cafe - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...
Metro Cafe - http://www.metrocafesf.net/
311 Divisadero (between Oak and Page)
San Francisco (415) 552-0903
Dinner 5:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, until 9:30 Sunday. Brunch 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Reservations and credit cards accepted. Somewhat difficult street parking.