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Earlier this month I visited Noeteca for the first time. The hall was decked with boughs of holly and all manner of holiday lights and decoration, including wrapping the white pipes overhead with red candy cane stripes. We had a table for two, set on the diagonal in the back corner. I appreciated the hooks for hanging my purse and jacket.
Soup of the day was mushroom barley ($4.95/bowl), a deeply resonant version served with a grilled cheese mini-sandwich. Tarte Flambée ($10.50) was another rich dish. Less bacon and more creme fraiche would make it better (yeah, I know, who ever asks for less bacon?) but it was still satisfying nonetheless. George's Salad ($10) turned out to be an enormous portion of commodity quality mixed greens with a crazy amount of toasted walnuts, grapes, tasteless grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and caramelized onions tossed with a tasty vinaigrette. To drink, a glass of Cremant de Loire rosé that did not move me.
Those three dishes were more than two people could finish. Yet we saved room for dessert, sticky toffee pudding ($7), served warm and sauced with buttery toffee and dressed up with some fresh berries and whipped cream.
We found the food good though not great. The service was extremely warm and friendly though and if I lived in the neighborhood, I'm sure I'd find myself here often for a glass of wine and a bite.
1551 Dolores St.
San Francisco, CA
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