Mikey Three Stars makes a return trip to Cafe Majestic, the stately hotel restaurant he had previously three-starred when rising star Ian Begg was there. Turns out Begg's replacement, the talented Louis Maldonado, has kept the Majestic kitchen firing on all cylinders:
Like Begg's, [Maldonado's] combinations are intricate and out of the ordinary, and the prices are good for the surroundings and quality of ingredients .. even with a few disappointments, Cafe Majestic adds up to a refined dining experience. Maldonado is a chef that deserves an audience. I hope he gets it.The last line, of course, is a reference to the sparse crowds in the canine-laden dining room, leading Biggity Bauer to make a plea of sorts for the worthwhile restaurant: "...the word needs to get out again." In the end, despite some service missteps, he determines that Cafe Majestic is in good hands and it keeps its three stars. [Chron]
The secondary review in the food section this week is by Miriam Morgan, who is also in the Pacific Heights vicinity, dropping a standard 2.5 stars on Sociale: "The accessible Italian-inspired menu, crafted by executive chef and co-owner Tia Harrison, extends the warmth and delight ... While the results based on a recent Update visit may not be uniformly successful, there are plenty of hits to keep diners more than satisfied." [Chron]
Matthew Stafford takes the spotlight at the Weekly today, hitting up everyone's favorite tiny seafood gem, Bar Crudo: "While the setting is casual and friendly, with an old San Francisco oyster-bar vibe and a corresponding dedication to absolute freshness, the platters are anything but simple ... The place belongs to the longstanding San Francisco tradition of the cozy, simple hangout that serves unexpectedly delectable food." [SFW]
Paul Reidinger is the first reviewer to file a piece from the Castro's still-new Cafe Mystique. It's a handsome space, with plenty of Moroccan-influenced flair: "None of these flourishes seems at all pretentious, since the cooking on the whole remains earthy and friendly. You can get a grilled cheese sandwich ($9), for instance, and it comes with really good fries." [SFBG]
THE ELSEWHERE AND THE BLOGS: Stafford pulls double duty at the EBX in his review of Oakland's Spice Monkey, the MIJ does sushi with a Marin view at the overlooked Ginza, the CoCo Times discovers a pho joint in Dublin at Pho Asian Bistro, Beer & Nosh approves of Phat Philly in the Mission, Serious Eats finds seriously good Indonesian food at Golden Mar in Santa Clara, Lady Hopstress gets even hotter at Spices, Mapplr stops by Pagolac and last but certainly not least, the Sunday Chron review had a deuce for the new Pizzeria Delfina.
[Photo via Cafe Majestic]