South Park Cafe

Overall Rating: 5.700


Address: 108 South Park Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 2nd & 3rd Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.495.7275
Hours: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 4
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 03/30/2006
First Reviewed: 03/30/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This French bistro was recently closed down for some time before its latest rebirth. They've been serving rustic French cuisine since 1985, and Gourmet Magazine called it "One of the best little French restaurants in San Francisco." It's still a rather accurate description for the food. The espresso has always been sketchy, but that is the très Français way. Several casual indoor tables and more on the sidewalk out front in good weather. Limited stool seating at the zinc-topped bar. They use what appears to be an old, unlabelled, garage sale two-group La Marzocco at the bar/cash register (beneath a decent selection of cognac, armagnac, and grappa), and they often leave portafilter handles cooling in the drip tray or lying on top of the machine. They grind their Peerless beans to order, using a plastic tamper, and pull espresso shots filled high in white, thick-walled Nuova Point cups with a medium brown, marbled crema. It has a thin body but dark color, and it comes with a sharper flavor combination of pepper and Folgers. With a thicker coffee grit on the bottom of the cup. Not unlike what I'd expect from a French bistro.