South Park Cafe
One of my favorite squares in San Francisco is South Park. It’s very European in size and scale, in large part because British immigrant George Gordon, who longed for the elegant and stylish squares or crescent of London, designed it.
And what better way to enjoy its quiet ambience than dinning at the South Park Café, which is nestled overlooking the square. What I love about this bistro is that it’s warm and unfussy. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a tad grouchy with all these trendy restaurants popping up all around town, which require a battle plan in order to get a reservation.
The low down on South Park is that it’s simple, affordable and serves authentic French cuisine in a low-key atmosphere. This old classic neighborhood gem has the distinction of having had the now defunct Gourmet Magazine, the bible of all foodies, rate it as “one of the best little French restaurants in San Francisco”.
Monsieur Eric and I enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed the Salmon gravlaks and celery root remoulade and Ahi tuna tartare, with sherry vinegar, olive oil and garlic toast as appetizers. Both went remarkably well with our Grilled hanger steak with bordelaise sauce and pommes frites and a Roast rack of lamb, with gratin potatoes and basil.
There was no better way to top off the meal than to share a Poached pear in red wine sauce, accompanied with a heavy dollop of vanilla ice cream. Oh, la la! C’etait fabuleux!
108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107 415-495-7275 www.southparkcafe.com