Les Amis

Overall Rating: 7.050

Address: 568 Sacramento St.
Cross Street(s): Montgomery St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.291.9145
Hours: M-F 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Conti
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Moschetti Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Steelite
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 09/25/2006
First Reviewed: 09/25/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

I'm almost tempted to call this restaurant part of a larger chain that also owns Gar�on, Chouchou, Plouf, Caf� Bastille, and B44. But each is different enough. There's a couple of small caf� tables for show out front, but here it's all about what's inside. The entrance is dominated by large red doors of this former firehouse. Inside there's low light and a romantic, even swanky, atmosphere. At your left when you walk in is the bar, which is home to their two-group Conti (this restaurant conglomerate deals almost exclusively with Moschetti). With it, they produce espresso with a thinner layer of an otherwise healthy-looking medium brown crema. With a flavor of some pepper and clove, served in a Steelite cup with an asymmetric saucer.