Our second night in San Francisco was a fun one. After a long day of conferences, we ended it with a meal alongside new acquaintances – great conversation and company. The Grand Café was not a choice in our Black Book, rather a recommendation from the hotel concierge, and well, just easy that it was right around the corner from where we were.
This French restaurant is definitely GRAND, with it's extremely high ceilings, 156 tables and elegant decor.
We started off with a bunch of appetizers to share. Artichauts Frits – fried baby artichokes with saffron bread sauce, Moules Marinière – Mediterranean mussels steamed in white wine, shallots, persillade and crème fraiche, and Assiette de Charcuterie – selection of house-cured meats.
For my main I decided to go with the Tartare de Boeuf (normally an app) and got it with a side of salty fries. The tartare was made with waygu steak, endive salad and crostini. Not the typical tartare I've had in the past, this one was not very meaty in flavour, creamy if I can say that and quite mild.
My husband's dish was very nice, Carre d'Agneau à la Forestière – roasted Sonoma rack of lamb crusted with mixed herbs, vegetable tian, wild mushrooms and pearl onion sauce.
Everything was good, service was efficient but serious. Great spot for a group our size (6) and easy to get a table. Prices range from $8 to $19 for apps and $26 to $33 for mains.