Bonjour, Chez Papa. Vous ete superbe!. Chez Papa has opened my eyes to what real french food is. From the appetizers to the closing muscato, my guest and I vowed to make this our new meet up spot. Where to begin?? Where to begin? While waiting for my guest, I decided to sit @ the fully stocked bar. The layout of the space was dark but suprisingly inviting. A tall community table beckoned a large group to "come & sip wine". I also, recognized a absinthe decanter that eventually found its way to the communal table for a sampling. I ordered the velvet pear cocktail(champagne, pear puree & vodka) and it was like biting into a crisp pear. In between sips, a well spoken gentlemen introduced himself as George. He was a man wearing many chapeaux: floor manager, comedian, server, sommelier, & all around Mr. Information. After being seated with my guest, George came over helping us filter through the menu. He spoke about the food as if it was a favored grandchild. I knew it was going to come out of the kitchen w/ loving preparation. Our server(MUCH LOVE TO AMY) promptly started talking menu with us w/ the same passion. We were served an amuse bouche that gave me second thoughts, since I have never been a fan of duck pate. Whatever their secret is, I would have eaten a barrel of it. It was complimented with a balsamic reduction, fresh mustard seeds & a sliver of pickled cauliflower. EXPLOSION OF TASTES! We moved on to a creative beet salad w/ cacao & fresh goat cheese. (dirt, dairy & crumbs that are a hit) Amy tried to persuade me to try the kobe beef tartar, but I was stubborn for the oxtail on mushroom risotto. I could have been happy finishing our meal with that! The risotto was insanely rich w/ smoked gouda blended in. The oxtail piece had just the right amount of fatty moistness. George came by & dropped a french pinot to pair that added many expressions to the bite of oxtail.(I did come to regret not ordering the kobe tartar as it was set down on an adjoining table & you could smell the light herbs joined into it from afar...AMY, I KNOW YOU WERE RIGHT TO SUGGEST IT! I will listen next time, I promise) My main dish was black cod(w/skin, very traditional)sitting on leeks & greens w/ a truffle emulsion. I told George, if he really wanted to be a pal, just get me a shaving of truffle from the chef, in which he walked away from the table chuckling loudly.(translation, NEVER!) My guest let Amy bring her what she thought would pair with her bouillabaisse order, which was a shot in the dark for her since she prefers big reds. A true Pinot Blanc (Les Prince Abbes, France 2007) was set on the table & was accepted readily. It was even & fragrant. Back to the bouillabaisse: clams, scallops, mussels, shrimp, fingerling potatoes, & green beans were set down & over her left shoulder another server appeared to douse the medley of fruit de mer w/ a creamy tomato based broth. The dish is exquisite and not overcooked. My guest hinted @ licking the dish when she was through. Dessert was painfully ordered. Before I had a chance to even look at the menu, one of the men bussing our table leaned in and seductively whispers, "You want the profiteroles.' I looked him in the eye & he repeated himself. I wasn't going to argue with someone so sure, he is 3 inches from my face speaking like a close lover. How could they top what had all ready been set down. I'll tell you how......profiteroles!! Not just any kind...light & flaky outer shelling, pistachio gelato(the bestest) & a pouring of homemade warm chocolate! THAT'S HOW! Then George comes out of nowhere with a muscato that screamed, "DRINK ME!" I really felt like I was in someone's home where french food is life not just something made. With George, Amy & the rest of the helpful staff I wanted to sit for more hours and pick their brains about everything. I know I will be back soon to sip wine with them. BON APETITE does not cover how well taken care of we were! Nous allons bientôt revenir, Chez Papa!
Chez Papa, Je T'aime.
"It was a clear black night, a clear white moon
Warren g was on the streets, trying to consume
Some skirts for the eve, so I can get some funk
Just rollin in my ride, chillin all alone"
I have no idea why I have the lyrics to Regulate in my head this morning but it really has nothing whatsoever to do with my evening at Chez Papa Resto. I woke up with a mild headache this morning but the meal last night was definitely worth it.
The decor is a little goth but I love the big windows and the space was perfectly cozy for a cold winter night. If you are on a date I definitely recommend asking for a corner table so you can casually rub knees with your boy without him thinking you were coming on too strong! I wasn't on a date so my dinner partner probably just thought I was crazy bumping into him under the table like that.
The menu has a good selection and all the apps sound tasty. We ended up sharing the Foie Gras Duo, Beet Salad and Kobe Tartare. All delicious. The tartare has really great flavors and the meat is so tender. I love seared foie gras but I actually preferred the terrine preparation of the duo. We split the steak frites for our main. They were super nice about splitting everything for us and I think the only complaint from us is that we're not down with our steak being served sliced.
Service is what really stands out here. They are attentive without being overbearing. I wasn't planning on drinking and only taking a sip of my friend's wine but they were nice enough to split one wine pour into two glasses so I could have my own...and they were very generous with the pours. All in all I had a great dinner and although I didn't see the bill I'm assuming it wasn't too outrageous since my friend didn't arch his eyebrows and give me a funny look after seeing the final damage.
Oh now I know why I think I have Regulate in my head. Even though the Mint Plaza is all nice and spiffy, it still is right plop in the middle of a sketchy hood. As we were leaving dinner a cop was outside the restaurant trying to restrain some girl who wasn't wearing any pants.
Great French Bistr. Great French food. They have a great wine list. When the weather is nice they have a really large outside dining area.
The service was fantastic; just the right balance of being attentive without interupting your meal. The waiter was very knowledgable and helpful. The restaurant also had some great drinks at happy hour prices (until 7:00).
I highly recommend this restaurant.
Great Food, desserts are to die for!. I had the lamb and it was very good. All the desserts are soooo good and the dessert wines were, as well. Great bar crowd and really fun place to eat...lots to look at. the wait staff are very attentive and they know their stuff.
Swanky brother to the popular Chez Papa Bistrot offers a French family dinner with a little more ritz.. Across from the Old U.S. Mint sits a little piece of Southern France sexily swathed in lush orange, glass and black velvet. In the lounge-like dining room, guests munch Provencal classics such as foie gras, goat cheese tarts, and braised lamb, washed down with international wines and stiff cocktails. On sunny days, those who desire their soupe du jour with a side of San Franciscan air may enjoy it out front in one of Mint Plaza's bright-orange chairs.
BEST FRENCH FOOD IN SF....
ONCE AGAIN CHEZ PAPA DID IT ...
THE NEW LOCATION ON JESSIE STREET IS AMAZING .....THE SERVICE IS VERY ATTENTIVE AND THE FOOD IS TO DIE FOR..
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