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Great dinner experience at First Crush


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Great dinner experience at First Crush

Naomi B | Oct 6, 2003 05:18 PM

On Saturday evening my husband and I decided to use a gift certificate to First Crush restaurant. We did not have a reservation and arrived at about 9:30 - the restaurant was packed. After waiting about 5 minutes we were seated.

Their wine selection looks extensive and they have flight programs where you can sample 3 of their offerings, 1/3 glass each. We are not avid wine drinkers so we skipped this part.

A note on the ambiance - the place was energetic and had that city vibe - everyone was happy, out for the evening - lots of people on dates (or so it seemed). We were seated near the window giving us a view of all of the people walking by.

I decided to have an appetizer and salad as my main course. I had the Organic Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Salad ($8) - it was very good, the feta cheese was crumbly and creamy. I only wish that there were more tomatoes . . . I think there were only about 4 slices on the plate. The salad also included cucumbers and olives - all the flavors mixed well together. I also had the Seared Ahi Tuna ($13) - pan seared and served with sauteed tomatoes - they were generous with their pieces and the fish was very fresh.

Hubby had the Coq au Vin ($16.50) - very tender and juicy - and the serving size was perfect (sorry, I forgot what the cuts were, but I think it was a combination of dark and light meat)

For desert we had an s'more type of cake - a fluffy mouse with a marshmallow topping and a really good graham cracker crust (I'm big on crust). I forgot the name of it and their website (see link below) doesn't list their dessert menu.

Service was pleasant - our water glasses never went empty and while it was crowded and there were people waiting for tables, we didn't feel rushed.

I would definitely go back. Also looking forward to trying Hana-Zen which is located above First Crush - I've read reviews about them from fellow Chowhounders so I'm anxious to give them a try.

First Crush
101 Cyril Magnin
San Francisco (on the corner of Ellis and Cyril Magnin)


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