Clementine Restaurant

Overall Rating: 4.500

Address: 126 Clement St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 2nd & 3rd Aves.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
Phone: 415.3870408
Hours: M-Th 5:30pm-10pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Essika
Coffee Rating: 4.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 6
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Moschetti Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 07/21/2007
First Reviewed: 07/21/2007
Notes: None

A popular French bistro in the Inner Richmond. White tablecloths, French accents, and food that - while good - seems rough around the edges for SF bistro standards. Using a two-group Conti Essika SK/2 at bar, they pull espresso shots with a thin, blonde crema. It's poured to a rather high volume and tastes of a drowned ashiness in the classically French style. When I asked the staff about their coffee, asking if it was Moschetti (the machine was a giveaway), they first responded with, "Oh, it's a French roast with robusta...", etc. Finally, the third person to answer me confessed what I suspected all along: the coffee is not from France but rather Vallejo.