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Major Contrast--Michael Mina's and Compton Place

sololebow | Jan 17, 200507:19 PM

I came to SF for my annual restaurant tour from the East Coast. On my first night, Michael Mina's restaurant in the St. Francis Hotel was horrendous. My guest and I were laughing at the hordes of waiters and other unidentified staff who were literally running into each other. Their timing was way off in that they would not coordinate the delivery of the food for both our courses. We ordered the tasting menu and wine pairing where on one course they forgot the wine. And it just so happened that the army of staff was no where when I needed to tell them. When I did, they brought out an extra course that was not very good and did not coincide with the mix of food. Food was creative but not wonderful. The room was loud and I had heard very impressive. We were not impressed with the Art Deco type design. I would stay away for the high price.

Two nights later we went to Compton Place and it was the antithesis. Wonderful food, super service, classy and refined with a room that was perfect in its size and design. Just a superb experience that I will repeat next year.

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