Les Amis

Overall Rating: 7.050

Address: 568 Sacramento St.
Cross Street(s): Montgomery St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.291.9145
Hours: M-F 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Conti
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Moschetti Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Steelite
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 09/25/2006
First Reviewed: 09/25/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

I'm almost tempted to call this restaurant part of a larger chain that also owns Garçon, Chouchou, Plouf, Café Bastille, and B44. But each is different enough. There's a couple of small café tables for show out front, but here it's all about what's inside. The entrance is dominated by large red doors of this former firehouse. Inside there's low light and a romantic, even swanky, atmosphere. At your left when you walk in is the bar, which is home to their two-group Conti (this restaurant conglomerate deals almost exclusively with Moschetti). With it, they produce espresso with a thinner layer of an otherwise healthy-looking medium brown crema. With a flavor of some pepper and clove, served in a Steelite cup with an asymmetric saucer.