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Desiree in the Presidio

Stanley Stephan | Aug 16, 200207:33 PM

Sort of has a "Desire Under the Elms" feel in the name.

Anyway, many thanks Limster. I finally tried it and this will definately be a place I return many times. It is just all get out charming. The picture below does it no justice.

This has, to me, a Chez Panisse feel in that the food is deceptively simple using top notch ingrediants.

I had a roast beef sandwich that had perfectly ripe and sweet striped marvel tomatoes.

The salad that I chose was roast zucchini with basil, pinenuts and parmesian. It was almost too pretty to eat. A half of green zucchini sliced thin length-wise, and reassembled. It was almost jewel like.

I didn't eat this at the restaurant. I took it home as part of the box lunch. What class. The three little oatmeal raisin cookies were in a cellophane bag tied with a gold satin ribbon. Even the carboard box was beautiful.

At the restaurant I had a bowl of the fresh tomato soup with curry. Green onions were sprinked on top for a lovely presentation. Everything fresh tomato soup should be with a subtle heat from the curry. I had a very nice glass of Riesling with this.

For a late night snack I took home a piece of a spectacular looking and tasting fresh peach tart.

The cafe is in the handsome Presidio building that houses the SF Film Institute. The recently renovated building is absolutely beautiful with it's stunning wood floors. Plenty of parking.

What a soothing relaxing place. It is like being in someone's cozy French Kitchen. I know when I need a peaceful place to retreat, I'll go to Desiree.



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