7 Pleasures

Overall Rating: 3.600


Address: 554 Commercial St.
Cross Street(s): At Liedesdorff St., near Montgomery & Washington Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.391.7362
Hours: M-F 8am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 2.40
Aroma: 4
Body: 1
Brightness: 2
Crema: 1
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 07/10/2007
First Reviewed: 07/10/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Located in one of the most cursed retail food locations in downtown SF: in just the past few years it has been home to Standing Room Only, Trans Cafe, and Banana Best. It's a quiet corner café, with sidewalk seating outside, just south of the TransAmerica Pyramid. The Russian owners have decided on a schizophrenic menu - in part, trying to sustain the loyalties of the prior Thai food customers here. (Not surprisingly, the best options are Russian food, such as their pelmeni.) Using a two-group La Spaziale at a faux-zinc bar at the front entrance, they pull espresso shots filled to the rim of Lavazza-branded cups. There's no crema and your typical drip coffee is stronger than this espresso. Flooded. It may only be weeks before the next place replaces it.