Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cafe de la Presse

Cafe De La Presse
Category: French
Neighborhoods: Union Square, Nob Hill

Price Range: $$

I have been here several times for Lunch, Bloody Mary's and Mimosas, and I have to say that I really dig this place. It is situated right off Union Square and it's a great spot to stop for Lunch during a day of shopping, or even just to meet a friend to catch up.

I love the Atmosphere and the Design of the Space with its Old World wood panel walls and Cafe chairs and tables. Not to mention that they have a great offering of international newspapers & magazines. It reminds me of my college year abroad in Marburg, Germany and the particular cafe that it reminds me of was a place there called Cafe News. Ah, looking back, they were some Good Times...
I have not had a chance to try Dinner here, but it is a definitely a Great Space during the day. It is situated right across the street from the Chinese Pagoda Gate entrance to Chinatown on Grant & Bush Streets, and if you get a table by the window, it's a great spot to People watch.

As for their Food, I l frequently get their 'Poulet Roti' which is a Roasted Organic Chicken au Jus & Frites. It is SO good! The Chicken is Crisp on the outside and deliciously Juicy on the inside. Perfectly prepared. The Frites are no joke either... I have also tried the 'Tartare de Saumon' - Salmon Tartare, Haricot Vert Salad, Pomme Gaufrette recently which I absolutely loved. The Combination of the Flavors & Textures of the ingredients together is really really good...

A definite Must-Try.

The Menu has a lot to offer as far as Parisian-style Bistro/Cafe Fare, such as Steak Frites, Salad Nicoise and Salad aux Petit Lardons.

One more thing that I have to tote is their Creme Brulee - the carmelized sugar on top is light & crisp and the Creme is perfectly Creamy & Smooth. Damn, it's good! One of the best creme brulees that I've ever had... Well Done.

Recently renovated, I just learned that the Restaurant came under Aqua management by Laurent Manrique, Jean Claude Persais & Charles Condy in the fall of 2005, which says something as far as the Food is concerned. Gotta remember to come back here for Brunch one of these days and put CDLP through the Raptor Brunch test (Eggs Benedict-style)...

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