I tried Desiree Cafe in the presidio yesterday for the first time. Rare indeed are the times when they are open and I have the time and mobility to get down there. I bought the following three sandwiches, a portion of each I ate immediately while the rest was reheated for dinner. Surprisingly, little changed in the quality between meals.
Grilled Saint George cheese with Escarole & Niman Ranch bacon ($6.25) was my least favorite. The bread was delicious: sour, heavily buttered, and grilled golden brown. But the ingredients were all overly mild; the sandwich just didn't have much flavor. I would not order again.
Grilled Turkey with fruit mustard and Swiss Chard ($6.50) was much better. The same bread as the bacon sandwich, with thinly sliced deli turkey, sweet and earthy dried cherries, and wilted chard. I would order this again.
I love egg salad. Give me hard boiled egg, mayo, salt, pepper, and plain white bread and I'll be a happy man. So I had to order the Egg salad with wild mushrooms and Truffle essence ($7.75). Excellent. This bread was toasted but not buttered or grilled like the rest. It came with huge pile of egg, a bit of mayo, and mild sauteed (mostly oysters, I think) mushrooms. And of course, the truffle essence was a great match with the rest. My girlfriend hates eggs in all preparations, yet I had to fight her off of eating my portion of the leftovers after she had already had hers. I would most certainly buy this again.
All a la carte sandwiches include a handful of edamame, which seemed a peculiar match.
I really wish this place was open on the weekends.