Overall Rating: 6.100

Address: 2029 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 14th & Dolores Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.621.7000
Hours: Tu-Th 5pm-11pm; F-Sa 5pm-12am; Su 5pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 5.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mokarabia
Cup Manufacturer: Inker
Price: $3.75
Last Update: 07/15/2006
First Reviewed: 07/15/2006
Notes: None

This had been something of a 20-something hip nightspot for years. It's a large space with velvet curtains, shades pulled, and a lot of darkness to hide imperfections that four martinis couldn't. (Any place that intentionally fills the urinals in their men's room with ice is just a little off.) More recently, it changed chefs and announced plans for a major redesign. However, they still produce espresso using a two-group UNIC Twin at the center bar. They produce an espresso with a moderately pale, very thin crema. However, the flavor and body are surprisingly decent and almost interesting. There's an expected mild spice base but also an atypical caramel-like edge to the cup. Served in Mokarabia-logo Inker cups (and cappuccinos in Illy IPA cups).