Chez Papa Resto

Overall Rating: 7.500

Address: 4 Mint Plaza
Cross Street(s): Near 5th & Mission Sts., in the Mint Plaza
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.546.4134
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F-Sa 11:30am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 7.50
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 07/31/2009
First Reviewed: 07/31/2009
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This nicer restaurant sister to their bistro has a few indoor tables in a modern setting. There's a bit of outdoor sidewalk seating under parasols as well. The interior is dark, but not like the photographic darkroom of a bathroom here. Using a two-group UNIC Phoenix Twin at the bar, they produce some of the best Illy espresso shots in the city. Honest, it makes us wonder if they did a special import of the stuff that Illy might otherwise reserve only for Europeans. It has a textured medium-to-dark brown crema. Served in Illy-logo IPA cups, it has a full and robust flavor and a solid body. It has a complex and more pungent flavor than the usual mild spice and wood most places get with Illy.