TDN met on October 25, a simply gorgeous, warm fall evening in San Francisco. H&M hosted the Club at Café Jacqueline in San Francisco's North Beach. Off the beaten path of Columbus and Washington Square, this small, charming restaurant faces Grant. We were pretty much the first table seated for the evening, right by the front door. Long-stemmed roses adorned our table from two vases.
Service, as befitting a place that specializes in soufflés, was lackadaisical. Nevertheless, we eventually managed to order our salads (we sampled both the spinach-bacon-pine nuts and the spinach-goat cheese selections). JS went for the French onion soup. The salads, dressed in a light mustard vinaigrette, were outstanding, while the soup was just OK. Our first courses were accompanied by a 2002 Allimant-Laugner Pinot Blanc. After the salads, we shared three substantive entrée soufflés (JJ loved the chanterelle mushroom special, while the leeks-and-spinach and the fruits de mer with scallops and shrimp were also outstanding). All entrée soufflés included Gruyere cheese. We accompanied our entrée soufflés with a 1997 Losen Bockstanz Riesling Aulese (a little sweet). We topped off the dinner with two dessert soufflés: strawberry and chocolate. Coffee service was slow, arriving after we had finished dessert. Overall, a wonderful, and long, dinner.