A Brilliant California & British-Inspired Brasserie - The Cavalier Review (SoMa, San Francisco)

The Cavalier SF Review- Bites & Bourbon

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.

The Cavalier SF Review- Bites & Bourbon

This London-inspired brasserie is the third restaurant from the owners and creators of Marlowe and Park Tavern, Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas and Chef Jennifer Puccio. I won a photo contest thanks to Flavour, a new restaurant discovery app, so Patrick and I were able to enjoy dinner on the house.

The Cavalier SF Review- Bites & Bourbon

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.

The Food

The Cavalier SF Review- Bites & Bourbon

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. 

The Cavalier SF Review- Bites & Bourbon

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. 

The Cavalier SF Review- Bites & Bourbon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage ($8)

Overall, a very nice vegetable side dish with hints of lemon and mint. 

The Cavalier SF Review- Bites & Bourbon

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.

The Flavour App

If you haven't heard of Flavour yet, it's worth checking out as an alternative to Yelp. The design is sleek and elegant, easy to navigate. You can use Flavour to discover your city's best cuisine. It's curated by chefs, local experts, and publications to best represent a city's food scene. There are no stars, no sifting, just great spots. You can download the app here

Thanks so much for a brilliant dinner, The Cavalier and Flavour! 


VISITING The Cavalier

Location

360 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Website

thecavaliersf.com

Phone

(415) 321-6000

Hours

  • 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

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