Jardinière

Overall Rating: 5.900


Address: 300 Grove St.
Cross Street(s): Franklin St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: 415.861.5555
Hours: Su-W 5pm-10:30pm; Th-Sa 5pm-11:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 5.30
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 06/16/2007
First Reviewed: 09/24/2004
Notes: None

Review
Fine dining decor on two levels with an open atrium over the center bar. If you're dining in the theater district, this is about as upscale as they get - though the prices are steep. They proudly serve Fair Trade Equator Estate coffee. Using a Rancilio machine, they pour espresso to the top of their nondescript cylindrical cups. Despite the volume of the pour, their espresso is not overextracted. A weak (though darker brown and patterned) crema that dissipates quickly, but a good pungent flavor of tobacco and tar with a slightly bitter edge. Decent for restaurant espresso, but it still lacks body, a fuller crema, and a richer flavor profile to be called "good" in general.