Overall Rating: 5.850

Address: 687 McAllister St.
Cross Street(s): Gough St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Phone: 415.673.9353
Hours: Tu-Th 5pm-9:30pm; F-Sa 5pm-11pm; Su 5pm-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 5
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 5.90
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Unknown
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $0.00
Last Update: 06/12/2010
First Reviewed: 06/12/2010
Notes: None

This Theater District restaurant seems to have actually improved over the years, even though it's focus has been more at the "value" end of restaurant positioning. The space is a bit awkward - an odd main dining area with a few dozen small tables plus rather bunker-like seating in the back that's more private (and has air conditioning on those rare warm SF days). They use a two-group Elektra machine at the bar. And while the staff seems aware of their coffee preparation suppliers, they are clearly unwilling to endorse it. While that reflects poorly on the restaurant, that reflects well on the staff - who will almost reluctantly serve you a rather large shot with an rough, medium brown crema with some larger bubbles and a white heat spot at the pour. It may not be served to the rim of the nameless ceramic demitasses they use here, but the pour size does thin out the body and flavor significantly. Flavorwise, it is a muted combination of some herbal pungency, mild spice, and wood. The staff claimed they use Mr. Espresso, who in turn say they've never done business with them. So your guess as to who supplies their coffee is as good as ours.