The Cavalier 360 Jessie St./5th St., adjacent to Hotel Zetta, SoMa, (415) 321-6000. B-L-D daily; $$-$$$. Situated across from the landmark Old Mint, this clubby spot presents contemporary London.
Game heads decorate the wall of the high-ceilinged front bar, and posh banquettes invite relaxing in the back restaurant.
Even farther back is a hidden speakeasy with its bathroom decorated to look like the cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” album, but getting into that room is another story.
Appetizers include a sweet little Quail Egg Mayonnaise,
a tasty Hen Egg Hollandaise with ham and cheese soldiers,
the Duck Duck Scotch Egg with a colorful and tasty cherry chutney, and, straying from the egg theme, which I adored, addictive Crispy Brussels Chips, which I also adored.
At lunch the Spicy Crab and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches are a refined treat, but the Wild Mushroom Pie is a tasty option and the fat “Marlowe” Burger with cheddar and bacon is a sure thing.
Tea service brings on a proper cuppa served in a sweet blue individual tea pot, and desserts are the likes of sticky toffee pudding, peach crumble, and steamed pudding. Teas are Samovar, coffee is Stumptown, and cocktails, wines, and beers, but of course, are available, too.
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