Overall Rating: 4.150

Address: 1075 Sutter St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Larkin & Hyde Sts., in the Hotel Carlton
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Tenderloin
Phone: 415.345.9547
Hours: Tu-Sa 6pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 3.30
Aroma: 3
Body: 5
Brightness: 4
Crema: 1
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: San Francisco Coffee Co
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 05/22/2010
First Reviewed: 05/22/2010
Notes: None

This unusual restaurant (even for the Bay Area) serves Yemeni fusion cuisine. It's located inside the Hotel Carlton as a rather simple rectangual dining room decorated with Arabic influences and seating among a few dozen tables. They use a two-group La Spaziale at the bar, and the portafilters are regularly left cooling in the drip tray. They serve it essentially without a crema save for scant evidence of a pale ring at the edges of the surface - this is a scary-stale bean supply. It even smells of scary-stale coffee. It's served almost as filter drip coffee, slightly high in a cheap Tuxton demitasse. And it has that Costco drip flavor of pepper and spice. A perfect example where a restaurant would be better off not bothering with an espresso service rather than funding this mess. And it's a grossly missed opportunity, given how much Yemen has offered the world of coffee.