ran into steak frites (9 e 16 st) the other night for a quick bite. Hadnt been there for around seven years. Then you could get a semi-decent steak and ok couscous. But this place has gone down hill. Fried shrimp app was ok--fresh, but tasteless. I had the Thursday special pork chop. A huge chop that was tasty round the edges, but it was dry-and again tasteless. The accompanying mashed pots were not creamy and the gravy was watery and
.again didn't taste of much. My husband had the steak frites. The steak was of poor quality, sinewy. And the fries were lukewarm (in both senses).
they pack them in here. we werent asked to share a table/s, but in fact did with people on both sides of us. The seating plan is similar to Les Halles. The only way of sitting down on the banquet side is for the table to be completely pulled out for you to get in. One of the advantages of having tables set apart is that you dont have to listen to others conversations. Another (that Id not considered) is that you dont have to witness the other persons food (untouched or half-eaten). In this case, one of my neighbors was having steak, and hers couldnt have been that great either, because multiple chewed pieces returned to her plate. (Horrid, I know, but it speaks volumes on the quality of the steaks!)
Also, like Les Halles it is very noisy here. But most importantly, *unlike* Les Halles, the food at Steak Frites is not their forté.
(ps: I did a search on SF, but it was hard to know for sure if its been discussed before. There seemed to hundreds of posts on "steak" and "frites". I did find one post by Tom Steele on the fries at SF last year when they were good. They dont seem to be so hot this year.)