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Kokkari - report

Celery | Jun 8, 2003 01:42 PM

Add me to the list of those who like Kokkari.

We had a lovely lunch at Kokkari a few weeks ago while my mom & stepdad were in town to celebrate their anniversary.

It was one of those warm May days so all the huge windows were open, so you got the feel of outdoor dining. Went in around 12:30 without reservations, no problem. We were seated in the lovely back room in a corner booth so the noise level wasn't bad.

We ate relatively light since it was warm and so we'd have room for desserts. The fried smelts were greatly enjoyed, Lee said he could see having a beer and just snacking on those. The greek spreads platter was also a hit.

Everyone was very happy with their chosen entrees: seared tuna sandwich, grilled lamb sandwich, octopus salad and what's listed on my receipt as a chicken pita but I seem to remember was more of a
spanikopita-type filo pie. The wood oven pizza was tempting too, but decided this first visit to try the more Greek items.

That left just enough room to share desserts - all of which sounded tempting but we picked four (and cleaned the plates with maybe a spoonful left of the sorbet):

Yiaourti sorbet - yogurt sorbet and strawberry-mint granita with rosemary and mint shortbread

Yiaourti me Meli - greek yogurt with walnuts and honey (Lee polished this off, despite not being a yogurt fan)

Sokolata me kafe - greek coffee mousse, chocolate-hazelnut biscotti tuile and spiced whipped cream (my coffee and chocolate obsessed stepdad's favorite)

Keik me ahladi - anjou pear and sour cream cake with ginger creme fraiche and candied almonds -

All in all a lovely spot, friendly, helpful service (when the waiter overheard my mom mention jokingly that they needed one of those little metal table crumber-things, he brought one out for her from their supply), good food. Will definately add this to my list of celebration restaurants. Or even keep in mind for appetizers and drinks. Their bar looked like a lovely spot to do some relaxing.

For lunch, prices were around $15 for entrees, $10 for appetizers, $8 for desserts.

Kokkari
200 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 981-0983

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