Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cafe des Amis - Dixie Restaurant

Had a great time at Cafe des Amis Brasserie on Union Street in the Marina/Cow Hollow section of San Francisco. We enjoyed some drinks and light snacks with a couple of friends before heading over to the new Dixie Restaurant in the Presidio. Both restaurants are quite enjoyable for different reasons.

Oysters by the Dozen
Moscow Mule
At the Brasserie we started out with a dozen of fresh plump oysters which were quite delicious. Added to that we had strong, and I mean strong vodka gimlets up with cheese stuffed olives. We also had a couple of Moscow Mules. Kinda sweet but strong.

Brasserie tables
We started by sitting at the bar and since the day was a rare beautiful sunny day in SF, we then moved to a sidewalk table and watched the parade of pretty people move down Union Street. Beautiful cars too, we counted just about as many Ferraris as we had seen parading in London near Harrod's. It was a happening afternoon in Cow Hollow.

Dixie Entrance
After tearing ourselves away from our sidewalk table we headed over to the new Dixie Restaurant in the old Letterman Hospital building. The Dixie is on the ground floor with beautiful views of the old presidio grounds and the Palace of Fine arts in the Marina. They’re really doing a fine, high quality job with the Presidio rehab.

Pork Belly
The Dixie has the trappings of a Southern plantation and its menu is a complete success, marrying meat-and-starch with fresh produce and a light, artistic touch... Mmm. 
Quail and Waffles

Roast Duck
We loved the duck course and especially liked the deep fried pork belly. Also liked the fried quail and roasted garlic waffles. Crispy roast duck too.
Choclate Olive Oil Cake
For dessert the Chocolate Olive Oil Cake w/Chocolate Mousse and Lemon Ice Cream was unbelievable. Very tasty.

Both the Cafe des Amis in Cow Hollow and Dixie in the Presidio are quite good, San Francisco style.

 We shall Return, highly recommended!

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