I had lunch yesterday with two friends at Sociale, on Sacramento Street in Laurel Heights (SF). It's a cool spot, tucked away behind a couple of boutiques, and has a nice little courtyard for patio dining (though no umbrellas, which made us choose to sit inside).
We shared the caesar salad to start out, which was a great version of the classic, with a couple of anchovies draped over the top and great dressing, nad long, skinny breadsticks instead of croutons.
I had the "brick" chicken entree, which was half a chicken deboned and cooked on the grill under a weight with the skin left on. It was served with fresh sauteed spinach and delicious (though few) homemade, rectangular gnocchi. The chicken itself was truly delicious; very juicy and flavorful. My friend tasted it and said it was probably the best chicken she had ever had.
The other two entrees were papparedelle (house-made wide flat pasta noodles)with duck and wild mushrooms and peas, which was delicious and unusual, and a saffron orzo dish with prawns and roasted vegetables (like an Italian version of Paella). Both dishes were very good and not the usual run of the mill stuff.
For dessert we shares the trio of sorbets (blackberry cabernet, pear merlot, and meyer lemon) in a cookie cup with fresh berries, and the plate of house-made biscotti. Both were delicious and beautifully presented.
The cost, with 4 glasses of wine and 3 cappucinos, was just under $100. They dont take reservations for parties of less than 6, however, so at times it can be tough to get a table. We arrived around 1:15 and it was not much of a problem. No complaints over all, it was a great little hidden spot.