|Modern, semi-pretentious restaurant at the fifth floor of the Palomar Hotel. The food is generally quite good. Stratospheric bar prices like everything else including the $3.50 espresso shots made from their old school, two-group La San Marco at the bar. One of the few S.F. establishments that use La Columbe beans, and they swear by them. The barista once filled the Bernardaud cup to the absolute limit, leaving only a thin, pale film of crema to distiguish it from drip coffee. More recently, they serve a more modest-sized cup with a decent mottled, congealed crema with white heat spots - and it's a dramatic improvement. It isn't as watery as before, but its potency doesn't veer too far from a drip-coffee roast flavor. Instead of an ashy, hot, and sour flavor reminiscient of a Chinese soup, it's now a mild-mannered but modestly efficient espresso.