Atlier Crenn

Overall Rating: 6.100

Address: 3127 Fillmore St.
Cross Street(s): Greenwich St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94123
Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
Phone: 415.440.0460
Hours: Tu-Sa 6pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Brutti Fullin Costruzioni (BFC srl)
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Guy Degrenne
Price: $5.00
Last Update: 06/20/2013
First Reviewed: 02/12/2011
Notes: None

Replacing the former Plumpjack restaurant, Chef Crenn packed her Michelin star up from Luce and started her personal, 40-seat restaurant here in early 2011. It's designed like a modern restaurant in Lisbon, and the food emphasizes small, potent tastes that might seem like an Atkins diet for the lack of carbohydrates. The service staff are a bit stiff. In the rear kitchen, they use a single-group BFC machine with beans from Sightglass (formerly from Roast Coffee Co.). They pull shots with a thin layer of medium brown crema. It can have whiter heat spots or be just thin and even. It's not an attractive espresso by any means, and the pour runs a little large. The flavor is somewhat flat - putting it in the territory of heavy drip coffee. With a thinner pour with the switch to Sightglass. The flavor is mostly mild herbs and spices: not at all what you'd expect from the brightness of Sightglass. Served in designer Guy Degrenne cups.