Deli Pub Café

Overall Rating: 5.500


Address: 301 Cortland Ave.
Cross Street(s): Bocana St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.285.1631
Hours: M-F 9am-8pm; Sa-Su 10am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Carimali
Coffee Rating: 4.80
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Medicinal
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Pyrex
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 08/16/2003
First Reviewed: 08/16/2003
Notes: None

Review
Quiet, dark, non-descript café infiltrated by jungle-like plant overgrowth. It has the looks of a two-star European boutique hotel lobby, complete with sofa, piano, and goldfish tank. The menu includes wine, beer, sandwiches, and Middle Eastern food. Given their bar-in-a-Western-ghost-town feel, it's not clear how Imad Yaish has stayed in business since 1977. But there are infrequent visits by regulars. Worn wooden tables & benches with KCSM jazz on the radio. Using a very old Carimali Malvina machine, he produces a thin, medium brown crema in Pyrex drip coffee cups you could only find at garage sales in the 1970s. The flavor is woody and predominantly medicinal.