Amber India

Overall Rating: 4.900

Address: 25 Yerba Buena Ln.
Cross Street(s): Nr Market St., btwn 3rd & 4th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.777.0500
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F 11:30am-10:30pm; Sa 12pm-10:30pm; Su 12pm-10
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 4.60
Aroma: 4
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Syracuse
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 08/07/2008
First Reviewed: 08/07/2008
Notes: None

This outlet of a small Bay Area high-end Indian restaurant chain has two levels: a modern upstairs bar, and a plush downstairs dining area. But with all Indian restaurants in the area, the lunch buffet stereotype is observed. Entering the kitchen on the lower level, they user a single-group Mr. Espresso-supplied Faema E98 A/1 to pull shots from Mr. Espresso pods. The resulting shot has a thin film of a rather whitish crema, poured somewhat high in a Syracuse bone china cup. Because of its size, it's a bit watery. But worse, the shot flavor betrays the age of the coffee - and the preparation method. It tastes like stale, pre-ground coffee packed in an espresso pod.