Jeanne D'Arc, cuisine traditionnelle

Jeanne D’Arc, cuisine traditionnelle

February 3, 2011  |  food & drink, san francisco  |  No Comments

This family-owned restaurant, located inside the Cornell Hotel, is a real gem. A big French flag is flowing above the entrance, and a pretty staircase with stained glass windows and old pictures leads you to the restaurant. The Jeanne D’Arc themed decor surely will enchant you. Portraits, pictures, and artifacts line alcoves, corners and walls. The owners, who are from Orléans in Western France, have put a lot of care and love in the space, that they’ve made into a small museum. There is nothing like it in San Francisco. It feels authentic and transports you to another era, to the city of Orléans, where Jeanne D’Arc became a symbol of incredible bravery.

The food is traditional French, from la Loire region. Everything I ordered tasted superb and satisfying. The Velouté campagnard (cream of fresh garden veggies) was chunky and fresh. The Canard du Connetable de Montmorency (roast duck breast with a cherry sauce) left a perfect mix of salted and sweet taste on the palate. The Soufflé au Grand Marnier (orange liqueur soufflé) is a restaurant specialty, and is to die for.

  • Cornelle Hotel de France
  • 715 Bush Street, San Francisco
  • Reservations: (415) 421-3154


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Bistro Central Parc

Bistro Central Parc

February 3, 2011  |  food & drink, san francisco  |  No Comments

This is one joyful restaurant. Located in the Panhandle, at the corner of Central and Grove Street, this secluded spot draws a young and distinguished crowd. The decor is minimalist, and the layout displays a huge bar and open kitchen. A simple black chalkboard on the wall (ardoise) and a Fanny film poster are the only signs that the place is French… of course only if you didn’t know who the owner is. Jacques, who is there to greet his guests every night, has been in the San Francisco restaurant scene for a very long time, and he has a lot of fans.

The food is prepared with love. I ordered Gallette de Pomme de Terre (warm brie on potato pancake, mizuna salad) that tasted light and flavorful. When I heard that the chef was from Marseille, I had to have the Bouillabaisse. It had a nice consistency and golden color. The Volcan au Chocolat was amazing! When I bit into it, a huge lava of chocolate made its way out. The plates are nicely decorated, the staff speaks French, and the service is fast and efficient.

  • Bistro Central Parc
  • 560 Central Avenue, San Francisco
  • (415) 931-7272

Dinner: Wednesday-Sunday | Brunch: Saturday-Sunday

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Amélie

Amélie

February 3, 2011  |  food & drink, san francisco  |  No Comments

Amélie is a hugely successful wine bar where you can hear French every night of the week. The concept is a bar/lounge, where drinking good wine is fun, enjoyable and affordable. “Here wine is for everyone,” says Germain, a co-owner. “I wanted to transform the image of wine from being boring and elitist to being fun and affordable.” On most nights beautiful people, regulars, and friends gather at Amélie to socialize with huge glasses of wine, deriving pleasure from idle time, good company, and joyful ambiance.

The clientele is international. The staff is European and courteous, and it hasn’t changed in years. “Having the same staff is a French touch and a very important aspect,” says Germain. “In France people expect to see familiar faces in their favorite places.” This is why Amélie has become a sort of gathering space for a lot of young French people who come to say hello to each other and share some good laughs.

The stellar décor makes everyone feel good and happy (Art/Design). It is a sensual place, and music is crucial to the scene. European tunes with jazzy tones play softly in the background. The Victor Hugo’s poem on the ceiling has a personal and sentimental value for Germain, whose grandfather used to read to him “La Légende des Siècles” when he was a child. Ever since, he dreamed of opening his own bar. He developed a palate for wine from working in restaurants and bars in the Vallée du Rhone, where he is from.

Amélie also offers delicious food to dazzle your senses and accompany your drinks. You can ask for a table in the back to enjoy a light meal of an extensive variety of cheeses, charcuterie, raviolis, salads, and small pizzas. And don’t forget to end the night with a chocolate plate — a selection of dark and white truffles.

Contact:

  • Amélie Le Bar à Vin
  • 1754 Polk Street, San Francisco
  • Visit website!


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