The Cavalier is the type of place you go to after a nice fox hunt to enjoy a hearty meal and a proper Pimm's Cup.
A step inside this hunting lodge themed restaurant and I was instantly charmed. It was cozy, yet sophisticated. During this visit, we were seated close to the bar area, which was a bit too crowded and loud for our preferences, but that didn't stop us from having a great experience. I'll have to request a more intimate seating arrangement next time.
The overall service at the restaurant was superb and our waiter was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The cocktails are excellent. When it comes to the food, it's bloody brilliant. It's almost like California and London had a love affair.
Tartare of Angus Ribeye ($18)
We started with a very rich ribeye tartare that graciously melted into our mouths, filling each bite with capers and a refreshing gentle spiciness from the horseradish. I would go back for this dish alone.
Roasted Beef Marrow Bones ($14)
I can never resist ordering bone marrow when I see it on a menu. These delightful garlicky marrow bones are served with thick buttered toasts and a lemony herb salsa verde. It was very rich, flavorful, and fatty.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage ($8)
Overall, a very nice vegetable side dish with hints of lemon and mint.
Grilled Sturgeon, Crispy Sweetbreads, Winter Greens, Brown Butter Jus ($28)
A lot of thought and creativity is put into this flavorful sturgeon dish. The crispy sweetbreads have a creamy flavor that will please any offal lover, along with its firm, tender and smooth texture. I only wish there was more. The winter greens and brown butter jus provided a great contrast.
The sturgeon was cooked two different ways: grilled and smoked. It was a wonderful way to highlight the star of the dish. The beautifully grilled sturgeon is meaty with a delicate mild taste. When it's cured and smoked, the texture changes to resemble bacon. Highly recommended.
Passion Fruit Eton Mess ($9)
You know that feeling when you've put too much cotton candy in your mouth and it sticks to your teeth? A bite through the crunchy meringue reveals the taste and texture of cotton candy as it solidifies. We enjoyed the taste of passion fruits and huckleberries. The serving size is perfect for one person. You will not want to share this tasty dessert with anyone.
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Thanks so much for a brilliant dinner, The Cavalier and Flavour!
VISITING The Cavalier
360 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103
BREAKFAST: Daily beginning at 7am
LUNCH: Mon - Fri from 11:30am to 2:30pm
MID-DAY BAR MENU: Daily from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
DINNER: Sun - Wed from 5:30pm to 10pm, Thur - Sat from 5:30pm to 11pm
WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sun - Sat from 10am to 2:30pm