Last Friday, I tried Côté Sud on 18th street, in the Castro district. The experience was great and the prices are reasonable. The have a prix fixe menu for $25 that includes appetizer, main couse and dessert. Staff were friendy and quircky, just as you would find in Southern France.
I had their charcutierie course, the confit du canard and the chocolate mousse. The charcutierie consited of a few types of chorizo a piece of ham and some other meat. It wasn't bad, but I would probably order something else the next time. It just wasn't as 'exotic' as the charcutierie plates I have had in France or Italy. And there are plenty of other appetizers to choose from.
The confit was good, served on a bed of tiny, dark brown lentils, with bacon. As 'heavy' as this may sound, it was actually a very light dish. The mousse was good, but not the best I have had. Next time I will probably order their nougat (which they described as ice-cream-like) or the creame brulee.
While this is not the best French food I have had, it certainly is good, and a great value for the price.
The restaurant is nicely decorated, with warm colors and comfortable chairs and tables that are not too close together. I will be going back.
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