Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Foreign Cinema Restaurant

Last weekend Chris, Karen and I attended the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. Karen was good enough to let us stay at her house for the weekend. After the FFS on Sunday night, even though we had sampled every food under the sun all day we went to Foreign Cinema for a late dinner. Foreign Cinema is an eclectic restaurant/bar/theater located in the Mission district. The menu is California/Mediterranean inspired and changes daily. Foreign and independent films are shown out on their covered courtyard. Of course after walking around Moscone Center all day a cocktail was exactly what was called for. Plus we were also serve a complimentary Peach Mimosa. For dinner we decided to do family style and pick various items from the menu and share. Here is what we selected:
California Mixer, pork belly, lamb, squab on couscous with ginger raita
Kale Caesar with Machego, avocado and lime dressing

Moules Frites -crispy fries with mussels
Warm Brandade, house pickles and grilled bread
A brandade is salt cod mixed with bread and olive oil and seasonings.
Dinner was delicious the stand out for me was the kale ceasar. I've never had kale raw. It was baby kale leaves so they were pretty tender. The lime dressing was a winner.
We all had a good time and it was nice to be able to relax with good friends. I would definitely go back again. The restaurant has a lively vibe without being too loud. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We did not watch the movie, I think Harold and Maude was playing that night..for those of you who remember that quirky movie of the 70's.
2534 Mission St
San Francisco CA
415 648-7600

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