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La Suite...Report

grubber | Sep 30, 200401:47 PM

I went to La Suite last night, the new Jocelyn Bulow restaurant at Brannan and the Embarcadero (in the old Slanted Door space). It is a Provence brassieire.

The space has changed slightly, the bar extended and additional lighting. Outdoor seating looks to be available, but last night was far too chilly for anyone to consider it. Jocelyn was at the restaurant which was only half full when I arrived.

We were not too hungry so we decided to order one entree and two appetizers. We didn't order wine, but did have some bubbly and a cocktail.

Service was adequate and attentive, but like any young restaurant the menu and the wine list seemed to be a little foreign to the server. Prices for entree seemed high ($28 for rack of lamb seems about $4-5 too high).

Food: Sub-par. We ordered kobe beef tartare. This came to the table unmixed. The server mixed it. This dish worked with the egg, pepper, and paprika working together to get a nice flavor. The second appetizer was Mussels in Saffron. This dish failed. The mussels had very little saffron flavor, the safron/butter in the bottom of the bowl was waterey and the steamed mussels really had no exceptional flavor.

The final dish was a filet mignon, with a scalloped potato and mushroom. The potato and mushroom were nice. The filet was a dry disaster (despite my request for medium rare it came to medium/well.) Once again I have proven to myself that in S.F. you must order rare to get medium rare.

Total bill for martini, three dishes and a glass of bubbly was $100.

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