Jennifer Yin, 9/9/08
Since most of the critics have dedicated this week's column space to year-end wraps (see listage below), it's predictably a light day on the review circuit. Up first, we have Amanda Gold flying solo in the Chron and giving pretty SoMa Thai spot Basil Canteen some deserved ink:
Other than the ordering snafu, service is professional if a little slow, which was surprising given that the restaurant wasn't too busy on any of our visits. But with the majority of dishes under $12, Basil Canteen is shaping up to join its siblings as a recession-friendly place that, because of the posh surroundings and well-conceived menu, can feel like a night out on the town.Despite some misses, it's a well-conceived menu and the pork dumplings get high marks, along with the atmosphere of the former Public. Final grade: two stars. [Chron]
Paul Reidinger finally makes his way to the "architecturally compelling" Anchor & Hope: "If there is something almost European in the troika's architectural sense — an instinct to preserve old buildings and their memory of the past by polishing and refitting them to modern standards — the Rosenthals' food continues to transcend categories.... now Anchor and Hope gives us a version of that SF classic, the seafood house." [SFBG]
THE ELSEWHERE: The EBX finds comfort food at Berkeley's Mixing Bowl, SF Station does dining in the dark at Opaque, Mapplr loves the neighborhood bistro vibe at L'Ardoise, the Bunrabs have already been to Humphry Slocombe for grown-up ice cream, and lest we forget, the SF Mag cover story is dedicated to Sebo and the Sens review has three stars for Sebastopol's Restaurant Eloise.