Went to Pres a Vi with friends for brunch yesterday. I was not expecting much based on what I have read on chowhound, but my friends were eager to try it and I didn't want to be a stick in the mud.
Overall, I would say it was somewhere between ok and good. We split a bowl of squash bisque and each had entrees: one friend had huevos rancheros, one had the goat cheese omelette, and I had the crab cakes benedict. I didn't try my friends dishes but they seemed satisfied, if not elated, by them. The crab cakes benedict was fine, nothing special. The crab cakes were uneventful and they don't really stand up to benedict so that wasn't good. The eggs were poached perfectly. Serving on brioche instead of english muffins was interesting but the hollandaise was barely covering the top of the eggs, really not much at all. The potatoes were standard fare breakfast potatoes, disappointing and bland. It isn't THAT hard to cook potatoes well, is it? Does paprika make breakfast potatoes more interesting? I don't think so. The plate also came with a "breakfast pastry" so I chose an apple turnover. It was a tiny apple turnover but it was really good. Very flaky, perfect amount of sweetness, yum, I want to go back and order 3 or 4 sometimes (although at 2 bucks a pop that seems a little steep). Oh, the bisque was very good. It was topped with something I suspect was cream fraiche and I am pretty sure there were ground up walnuts in the cream fraiche - very tasty. They offer a "shot" or a "bowl". I had seen pictures of the shot on the web, so I was prepared but my friend asked about sizes and was told that the shot was literally a shot but that the bowl was a regular bowl. We ordered a bowl: the container may have been bowl shaped, but it was the volume of a "cup". I know this is a small plates restaurant, but when you order stuff that isn't small plates, then you expect it to be regular sized and our items really were not. So sizes were a little disappointing. I didn't leave hungry, but I did eat again within a couple of hours.
Our server was nice enough but a little awkward - it looked to me like it was his first job waiting tables (ie, carrying stuff, setting it on the table). Slight wait to place our order but otherwise no delays.
I was a little disgruntled with the parking situation. I was driving in the presidio and saw a small lot in front of what I thought was the building. There was a guard stand there and when I said I was looking for the restaurant, I was directed into the garage. Then I had to pay 5 bucks to get out - no validation! I felt I was lured into parking there, or maybe that the restaurant didn't care. I mean, 5 bucks in a busy neighborhood or on a weekend evening is one thing, but sunday at 1 pm when there are spaces to be found within a couple of blocks?
I looked at the wine menu but I wasn't in the mood to try them. The flights looked interesting, might be worth going back to try that sometime, but I don't think I will make this a destination restaurant.
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