I need to try Esperanto!
I’m a fan of Lolo, but they always seem slammed on the evenings. I’ll keep that in mind when we have a later movie or better yet, I may make a reservation for lunchtime
This past Saturday night we went to Heirloom Café on Folsom. At 8:30 we snagged a two-top for 9 PM on Opentable. There was also a communal table and bar seating when we arrived.
We order the gnocchi and pretty much all the appetizers, which @mariacarmen advocated for doing in another thread. The food is straightforward and seasonal-- at another time of my life I might consider it too boring or reproducible at home, but it was exactly what we were looking for. I’d feel comfortable bringing family here and can see why NYtimes recommended them in their 36 Hours column.
Early girl tomato soup was garnished with creme fraiche, and was served with grilled Josey Baker bread. Tomato flavor was central and benefited from a sparse use of other ingredients— richness from a hint of butter, and depth from onions and thyme.
The smoked trout and cress salad was lightly supplied with a horseradish dressing, and chunks of avocado gave the impression of more creaminess without toning things down.
Bruschetta repeated Josey baker bread, this time with burrata, jimmy nardello peppers (not too hot), and grilled eggplant, the one component for which laziness would prevent me from replicating at home.
Of the other dishes we tried, gnocchi was my favorite-- structured, not dense, excellent.