Café Chez Maman

Overall Rating: 5.900

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 803 Cortland Ave.
Cross Street(s): Ellsworth St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.824.2674
Hours: M-Su 11:30am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Glass
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 10/08/2005
First Reviewed: 10/08/2005
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Owner Jocelyn Bulow is opening a series of sisters to the original Potrero Hill bistro, and this one, while only 36 seats, is twice the size of the original. This bistro replaced the unfortunately unsuccessful Palatino in August 2005. In its place they bring a lot of French attitude and inexpensive crêpes in addition to typical bistro fare. They serve espresso from a two-group La Spaziale in the kitchen. Interestingly, they serve it in a shotglass placed on an Illy/IPA saucer - so you can clearly see the 2mm thick layer of pale crema that dissipates quickly. It has a very mild flavor of spice and a little wood - that benign Illy flavor of perfectly prepared yet old coffee - but it is tastefully done. Very little aroma. [CLOSED: Replaced by Tinderbox restaurant by 2007.]