I’ve passed this cozy little neighborhood bistro on several walks from the Noe N Judah stop to the Castro. Every time I peered inside the windows, be it on a chilly evening illuminated by their candlelight, or a warmer afternoon, I kept telling myself, “I need to try this place.” It’s just. so. cute.
We had a reservation for 7:30 p.m. this Thursday but today at 3:00 p.m. I decided that I had to go today. Because as everyone that knows me knows, I am impatient and when I want something, I generally like it then and there. Luckily, getting in wasn’t a problem on a random Wednesday night, but upon arrival, I was shocked to see the restaurant was absolutely packed (bar too!) For a neighborhood French bistro tucked away in a residential neighborhood, I was pretty impressed. And then I thought, damn, of course I forget to bring my camera to one of the cutest restaurants I’ve been to in a while. At the end of the meal, my thoughts were, “Damn, of course I forget to bring my camera to one of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a while!” The lighting was perfect too. Ack. These things always happen. I always miss camera-worthy moments somehow. I never had any prom pictures–my film got lost.
Alas, it wasn’t prom and I can go back. Many, many times. We went big. Kir Royale, wine, tuna tartare and the almond-crusted barramundi (for me) and filet mignon (Matt). Did I mention the barramundi? It was the most delicious piece of fish I’ve tasted in…I don’t know, a long time. I’d compare it to dessert because you know a savory dish is good when you’re salivating in the same way for it as you do for a chocolate flourless cake. The mushrooms. The lobster reduction. The melt-in-your-mouth meatiness of the white fleshy fish. A-mazing. My bite of the fillet and scalloped potatoes wasn’t too bad either.. 😉
Finished off dinner with chocolate fondant and raspberry sauce and vanilla creme brulee with espresso and coffee. Come on, am I really going to eat an amazing meal and skimp by getting 1 dessert? Splitting creme brulee was not an option. I like my chocolate. All in all, amazing. Go there. Eat. Overeat. Tell me about it. Oh, and bring your camera–for me. Please. Good news is–I’m thisclose to getting my iPhone (it’s on backorder from AT&T) so hopefully, for future occasions when I forget my camera, I’ll remember my iPhone. 🙂