Left Bank Brasserie

Overall Rating: 6.850

Address: 635 Santa Cruz Ave.
Cross Street(s): Doyle St.
City, State ZIP: Menlo Park, CA 94403
Phone: 650.473.6543
Hours: Tu-Sa 11:30am-11pm; Su-Mo 11:30am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Noritake
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 04/22/2010
First Reviewed: 04/22/2010
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This local example of a small area chain of French brasseries has a lot of the required decor and imagery -- from the French café tables on the front sidewalk to the subway tile floors in the spacious interior. Using a three-group Mr. Espresso-labeled Faema Due at the front bar, they pull medium-sized shots with a darker-to-medium mottled brown crema of modest thickness. It has a full aroma and a flavor of cloves and herbal pungency. A surprisigly decent example of espresso in a French-themed restaurant.