Thursday, August 18, 2016

San Francisco: Cafe de la Presse


Cafe de la Presse  352 Grant Ave./Bush St., Financial District.  This corner just might be the sunniest spot in the city, and outdoor sidewalk-side tables here are enticing on nice days.
sidewalk seating at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
sidewalk seating at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

Also on the west side of the cafe, large windows offering views of the sidewalk make the interior room the place to be for breakfast.  Dine then on housemade croissants and lattes as well as waffles, pancakes, and oatmeal.
almond croissant and latte at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
almond croissant and latte at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

Lunch brings on a refreshing Nicoise salad, a good-old-American hamburger, and a classic croque monsieur.
croque monsieur at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
croque monsieur at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

For dinner, the sunken main dining room in the back on the east side becomes a comfortable place to enjoy a Very French brasserie dinner.  It features a brick wall, high ceiling with turning fans, and wood banquettes along either wall.
sunken dining room at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
sunken dining room at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

The establishment’s changing menu, which is the same for all dining spaces, might include a warm fingerling potato salad topped with goat cheese and olive tapenade, grilled sea bass with mashed potatoes made delicious with a sauce Vierge, and for dessert if you’re really lucky, Ile Flottante (Floating Island)—the lightest-ever meringue floating in vanilla crème Anglaise.  Recently I enjoyed a Salade de Laitue consisting of crispy romaine lettuce with hazelnut oil-Dijon mustard dressing;
salade de laitue at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
salade de laitue at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

a Steak Frites with a flavorful Bordelaise sauce, caramelized onions, and a pile of crispy French fries that were way better than McD’s;
steak frites at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
steak frites at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

plus a mildly disappointing Croissant Pudding with chocolate and toffee sauce, caramelized hazelnuts, and vanilla gelato (the bread was too compressed).
croissant pudding at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
croissant pudding at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

My companion had a tender and juicy, long-cooked, falling-off-the-bone Poulet au Citron Confit that was infused with flavor and served with braised summer vegetables and lemongrass sauce.
poulet au citron confit at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
poulet au citron confit at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

Our delicious wine was a smooth 2014 Erath Pinot Noir from Oregon.  Additional noteworthy items on the menu include Duck Foie Gras (which I was surprised to see), escargots, mussels, and a burger.  Special three- and four-course fixed-price menus are also available.  It is enjoyable to have a drink at the impressive horseshoe-shaped alder-wood bar, and 15 wines are poured by the glass.
bar at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
bar at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

International newspapers and magazines are displayed along a wall and for sale.
magazine stand at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
magazine stand at Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California

The surrounding neighborhood is filled with French cafes and has become popular with French visitors, and the ornate gate leading into Chinatown is just across the street. 
Chinatown gate seen from Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
Chinatown gate seen from Cafe de la Presse in San Francisco, California
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6 comments:

  1. Had no idea there was a French neighbourhood in San Francisco. I'll definitely have to check out the restaurant and area. I can't believe you didn't have French wine too!

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  2. The food at Cafe de la Presse looks wonderful. I'd love to sit at an outdoor table and have an almond croissant (my favorite) and a cup of cocoa.

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  3. My daughter and her family has just moved to San Francisco so I expect to go there at least once a year from now on. This is useful! I wonder which crabs and garlic noodles place is the best???

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  4. We'll have to check out Cafe de la Presse next time we're in S.F. We love French food and it looks simply marvelous!

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