Overall Rating: 6.050

Address: 888 Howard St.
Cross Street(s): 5th St., in the InterContinental Hotel
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.616.6566
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Steelite
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 03/01/2008
First Reviewed: 03/01/2008
Notes: None

Opening in Feb. 2008, this restaurant and the adjacent Bar 888 on the ground floor of the decidedly new money InterContinental Hotel is a joint effort between the wine families of Mondavi (Napa) and Frescobaldi (Tuscany) - the place is named after one of their joint wine labels. Bar 888 even sports a grappa bar of Marolo, Poli, Nardini, and, rumor has it, Nonino soon to come. (But it's still early and most everything is just display.) It has tall ceilings and a decidedly modern and upscale feel, despite the large windows facing billboards and the Burlington Coat Factory. Using a two-group UNIC Phoenix Twin in the kitchen, they pull shots of Illy espresso with minimal stripes of medium brown crema alternating with a bare liquid surface. It's saving grace, however, is that it is a properly short shot, so it packs some potency and lacks wateriness or bitterness. With the typical Illy flavor of wood and mild spices. Served in Rene Ozorio Infini cups.