Overall Rating: 7.100

Address: 2331 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 19th & 20th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.956.5528
Hours: Tu-Th 5:30pm-10:30pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-11pm; Su 5:30pm-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 12/11/2009
First Reviewed: 12/11/2009
Notes: None

If this restaurant feels like it's been done several times before in this town, it has. The name is Italian for mirror - and it seems like a mirror image of Horatius (Portuguese cuisine) or Foreign Cinema (French), complete with tall ceilings and subtitled movies at the back and the ubiquitous table of 12+ filled exclusively with Asian-Americans. Yet the food quality here is on the so-so side - despite the built-in enoteca. In late 2009 they had burrata cheese appetizer on the menu, which was completely overdone by SF restaurants by 2007. Using a two-group La Spaziale at the bar (in the sidewalk window, in fact), they serve a properly short shot with a healthy, congealed medium brown crema. It has a balanced flavor of spice, pepper, and tobacco smoke. It's actually surprisingly quite good for a restaurant espresso. The owners here clearly cut many corners, but what should have been a weak espresso was salvaged by a competent and caring barista.