Sens Restaurant

Overall Rating: 5.050

Address: 4 Embarcadero Center
Cross Street(s): Market St., at the Promenade (3rd floor) level
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.362.0645
Hours: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sa 5pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Saeco
Coffee Rating: 5.30
Aroma: 6
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Fortessa
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 04/14/2010
First Reviewed: 10/08/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Formerly Splendido, and a variety of other nameless restaurants that have once resided in this location, this is the latest incarnation of the decent food/odd location/often empty restaurant formula. A large space with both extensive indoor and outdoor (Embarcadero Center patio) seating, they recently replaced their espresso machine with a giant, single-group Saeco in the kitchen. Now instead of producing espresso shots from Caff´┐Ż Roma beans (as still advertised on their dessert menus), they've switched to Lavazza pods. The resulting shot has a mottled light brown crema that's thin on thickness and even thinner on consistency. The shot also doesn't have too much of a flavor beyond boring drip coffee mild pepper and spices. Served in Fortessa Vitraluxe cups. Sometimes it can have more body and flavor, but it's surprisingly erratic for coffee pods.