the Cavalier

last week, we were super good about eating in all week.  by friday, it was time to paint the town!

with no cravings in mind (surprisingly), SW asked if i would want to go to the Cavalier for some Brit-ISH pub food.  sure, why not?  I’d recently heard of this new restaurant, and thought it would be nice to try something a little different.

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360 Jessie Street
San Francisco  CA  94103

located within the Hotel Zetta

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The Cavalier is a new restaurant concept by Restaurateurs Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas and Chef Jennifer Puccio, owners and creators of the critically acclaimed restaurants Marlowe and Park Tavern. Both restaurants earned three stars from The San Francisco Chronicle in addition to being listed as one their lauded “Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants”.

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thanks to super close street parking, we arrived a bit early for our 8:45 reservation.  the restaurant was packed, all tables full and people throughout the bar area.  it was a nice night out, so we didn’t mind waiting a few minutes for our table.  as we’re standing near the entrance, the very kind hostess brings up two flutes of bubbly and thanks us for waiting.

oh really?  it hasn’t been that long?  but sure..we’ll take it!

when she returns to seat us at our table, she also mentions that she’ll have some little treats coming also.

hm..awesome.  more free stuff?? so far, so good! hah

we sit down to order, and there are several things that look tempting.  such as their:

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so, we order two to start.  our server tells us, he already has a couple on their way. nice!  this was eaten all in one swift bite, crunchy from the shallots, but then, all of a sudden, it became extremely sour.  it was definitely a surprise, since I wasn’t expecting it.  no mention of tart ingredients in the description!  i asked our server, and he said it was vinegar.  hm.  yes,  that definitely was vinegar alright!

onto the next app:

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i liked this app:  it had a lot of different flavors and textures, and its presentation looked cool.  one would normally expect to spread the contents in a the jar on a slice of bread or toast, but instead we used the cucumber slices which was refreshing, especially since i love cucumbers.

i didn’t know which ‘meat pie’ to choose from, they both sounded interesting:

Steak and Oyster Pie? or Wild Mushroom Pie?

our server said he would surprise me, and before he set my entree down, i could already smell the aroma of the truffle oil.  how did he know i liked truffle oil?? hah

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it looked different then what i expected it to look like.   i was expecting a regular looking pot pie.  the ‘crust’ was buttery and crispy, and the insides were a nice gooeyness of different mushrooms.

SW likes sausages and got:

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i don’t particular like sausages, he seemed to enjoy them!

a meal isn’t complete without sides..

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love both peas & beans, and all potatoes..especially when you add horseradish, everything tastes better!

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still trying to see if i can acquire a liking for bone marrow.  its still a bit tasteless to me, but i enjoyed smothering it all over the toast.

and also, a little more wine… 🙂

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overall, a pretty cool new spot.  the vibe was younger and had a pub look. only thing i wasn’t entirely in love with were all the stuffed game heads all over the walls.  SF doesn’t have very many Brit-ISH restaurants, so its certainly a welcomed new alternative.

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