Gallery Café

Overall Rating: 7.000


Address: 1200 Mason St.
Cross Street(s): Washington St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Phone: 415.296.9932
Hours: M-F 6:30am-7pm; Sa-Su 7:30am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: La Colombe Torrefaction
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 08/10/2007
First Reviewed: 08/10/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This café was once highly regarded before a recent ownership change, but we never got around to trying their espresso until recently. It's a sidewalk corner café located across of the SF Cable Car Museum. There is some outdoor seating along Mason and Washington Sts., and indoors there are several tables in a relatively quiet setting. Along Mason, there are interesting 'carve-outs' in the façade that house small tables surrounded by three sides of glass looking out over the street. There's also some counter seating where they have beer on tap. Ordering at the counter, you'll feel like you're towering over the staff due to their lowered service area - where they've hooked up a three-group La Spaziale. They sell La Colombe's Nizza medium roast here, and they are one of the few (but growing) La Colombe customers in the area. They pull espresso shots with a thinner layer of medium brown crema. Flavorwise, it has a slightly bitter edge, but it's predominantly herbal - a bit like cloves. And while they use a proper serving size and the cup doesn't taste 'diluted' per se, it has a lighter mouthfeel nonetheless.