La Bohème handcrafts each meal using only seasonal, local ingredients from organic farms to perfect each Francified bite. This upscale, Paris-inspired café and full patisserie serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to discerning taste buds, adding new pirouettes to classic dishes. Try beginning an evening with the Assiette de la Marée, a grouping of six local oysters with a tangy mignonette sauce ($12), or lunch elegantly on the popular Salade de Crabe, a fresh herb and organic lettuce salad with dungeness crab and an herby-citrus vinaigrette drizzled atop ($11). Crustacean lovers can order La Bohème's beloved lobster bisque ($8) and delve deeply into a glass of Tangent sauvignon blanc ($9), whereas terrestrial tasters can sink teeth into the Jarret de Veau et Son Gratin—veal osso bucco nestled up to delicate au gratin potatoes and ratatouille ($27).
On Mother’s Day, Fandorin dazzles taste buds with a five-course feast of fresh caviar, lobster soup, foie gras, and a bottle of champagne for each table. Palates warm up with lobster bisque and a savory shrimp puff before munching mixed greens sprinkled with fried brie and poached pears. Sturgeon caviar, smoked salmon, and Chilean sea bass arrive atop silver-dollar pancakes. Next up is a regal foie gras in pinot-noir raiment and a brioche roll crowned with juicy grilled peach. Crab cakes tango with a vivacious avocado aioli as filet-mignon stroganoff whispers sweet nothings to his porcini-polenta darling. The main course presents a plot twist, making guests choose between rack of lamb with rosemary-cabernet reduction or king salmon with dungenes crab crust, beurre blanc, and lobster mashed potatoes. Before the taste journey concludes, guests must sample tiramisu, napoleon cake, and sweet berry sabayon or else walk a plank made of bad report cards and embarrassing baby photos.
Soup is the ultimate meal for equal-opportunity foodies, because every slurp disseminates the blended flavors to each taste bud without prejudice. A selection of handmade bowl-fillers, sandwiches, breakfast treats, and salads won't leave diners wanting for variety. Signature soups (from $4.84) include non-dairy, gluten-free, spicy, low-fat, vegetarian, and low-carb choices. Mop up a piping-hot bowl of organic smoky split pea, tomato bisque, or Mexican chicken tortilla soup with a complimentary tear of sourdough bread to ease your stomach through mid-week working pains. Soups are served in three sizes from 12 oz. up to 32 oz. Customize your own roughage at one of the new custom-tossed salad bars at the 221 Montgomery Street, UC Berkeley, 1950 University Avenue, San Francisco Shopping Centre, 315 California Street, or 580 California Street locations. Order your choice of organic greens (romaine, mixed, or spinach), and one of the top-notch tossers will twirl in a variety of toppings, meats, and dressings for a truly personalized bite. View a complete list of possible options here. Not one to discriminate against meals, San Francisco Soup Company also gets the day started with morning tastes from fresh fruit yogurt parfaits to organic steel-cut oatmeal.
Sink into soft cushions beneath honeycomb chandeliers as you slip into the Sunday morning feastival. Menu selections include a prawn salad with chicories and tangerines ($15) or house-made brioche french toast with spiced apples and maple syrup fraiche ($11). Well past noon, gingerly ease into the day as you would with a too-warm hot tub with a sparkling pinot noir ($5) and goat cheese semifreddo with melon granite and peppercorn meringue ($9). Nectar Wine Lounge carries more than 600 bottles of wine, along with standard brunch sips such as mimosas ($7). Eating, sipping, and socializing all take place within a cozy, coolly lit lounge atmosphere with a drizzling of natural light from an overhead skylight.
After losing a sizeable amount of weight with his kitchen-made juices, Sal had the idea to open a café coupling his love of French culture with his new appreciation for the role of food in health. With the help of his son, he opened Deja Vu, where painted ivy sneaks around the edges of menus on walls the color of rich buttercream. On the menu, Sal’s original French inspiration shines through in crepes, and fruit and veggie smoothies made from organic ingredients stay true to his nutritional vision.
Low in sugar and ideal for cleansing, the drinks can also be amplified with multiple types of protein. Blenders purr, full of smoothies and juices made with kale, green apples, ginger, oranges, and even hints of parsley, all delivered fresh daily. Crepes are also a Deja Vu specialty, whether filled with bananas and chocolate-hazelnut spread, or ham, veggies, or warm chicken and pesto. Conversation about the weather or the weatherman’s constant weeping drift over warm corned-beef sandwiches, and shoots of steam blossom from fresh-brewed organic coffee.
Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop sits amid the bustle of downtown Millbrae’s shops and restaurants, its green wooden sign luring hungry pedestrians with the promise of gourmet sandwiches. Inside, chefs rise to expectations, layering thick slices of bread and crunchy rolls with deli meats, cheeses, and unexpected ingredients such as cranberry sauce, pesto, and marinara sauce. An arsenal of specialty sandwiches stands at the ready with attention-grabbing names such as Baby Hawk (pastrami, bacon, and swiss) or Tony Soprano (salami, ham, mortadella, and provolone), in lieu of lackluster titles such as “ham sub” or “some bread with some stuff in it."