rex cafe

tues 27 nov 12:43

i’ve been here a few times for brunch with Amir several years ago, when i was visiting from NY. (maybe 2001) and i remember i applicated for a job here once upon a time. (which musta been in 2002)

last night for dinner i went to Rex Cafe on upper Polk.

apparently there’s a new chef in town. he’s from La Folie, just across the street. and he’s kind of a big deal, i guess. if i paid attention to such things, i’d probably be really impressed.

decor-wise, white table cloths have been added. a nice touch.

started with duck paté. delicious, without being to oily, fatty, butter laden. it had a port gelee glaze on top, which complemented it nicely.

next up was some sort of raviolo (because it was a one huge single piece, not multiple pieces), stuffed with chicken and goat cheese, finished off with a pecan remoulade (?) reduction (?) whatever. it was tasty.

dessert was a chocolate pot de creme or whatever, in an enormous cappuccino cup, coupled with a fried peanut butter/banana sammich. yes! Elvis would be proud.

i enjoyed it.

clientele seems to be mostly local marina/cow hollow/russian hill folk. thirtysomethings having a relaxing meal wearing fleece, while tap tap tapping on their CrackBerrys. or meeting up with other couples, also wearing fleece.

bar clientele all seemed to be regulars. i could tell by the way they all talked to each other, and the bartendress. they all know each other, and i think they’ve been going there for years, treating it as a local watering hole, rather than a restaurant.

it’s a strange juxtaposition between the bar clientele and the restaurant clientele. it’s like they’re at 2 different places.

doesn’t matter though. the food’s pretty good.

there’s also a prixe fixe menu from 5:30-7:30

and happy hour starting at 5 (?)



[where: 2323 Polk st, San Francisco, CA 94109]


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