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Chez Papa for starters, sides (mini-dinner)

stomsf | Mar 1, 201008:47 AM

Stopped in at Chez Papa on Saturday after making ourselves dizzy at the iMax Avatar showing at the Metreon.

Walking in we were seated almost immediately though we had no reservation and it was 8 pm on a Saturday night. Decor was nice, though we were wondering what was up withthe shades over some of the black chandeliers and no shades on others -- overall it was a nice cozy feeling and we were looking forward tot he meal as the original Bistrot is just a few blocjs from our house on Potrero. The three of us decided on a light dinner so we ordered a few starters and sides, and of course a nice bottle of wine.

First up were the mushroom tart and the hamachi (I think) crudo. The mushroom tart was fantastic -- loved the entire dish, we all agreed this was a win. The crudo was nice and very fresh but the flavors were a little muddled to me -- I liked the citrus in the dish but it wasn't as bright as I would have expected.

Next we had the foie gras prepared two ways (seared and in a terrine) and two sides, the pommes frites and the potato and fennel gratin dauphine. The foie gras was good but the terrine was definitely superior to the seared, though the sauce that accompanied the seared hunk was very tasty on some bread as the whole table (prompted by my partner) mopped up the whole dish. The pommes frites were tasty and well spiced, though to me the aioli was a little bland; I expect an aioli to be pretty strong, and this was a mild mayonnaise to me. The big dissapointment was the potato gratin, we all agreed that though cooked well it was bland and not on par with the rest of the dishes.

Overall a nice diversion for a post movie/theater meal. Lots of date night people and medium parties also in attendence.

Chez Papa Resto
4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

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