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SF - Monte Cristo Cafe Closed

rworange Aug 26, 2007 10:17 AM


New Southern Mediterranean restaurant caled Sens planned to open in Sept. Chef Michael Dotson formerly of Kokkari, Evvia & Plumpjack

  1. bernalgirl Aug 26, 2007 03:24 PM

    Before we got a chance to try it, sadly, as it sounded perfect for a query I posted a few weeks ago. I can't imagine the name helped, I was always reminded of the restaurant near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.

    Always sad when a good business closes.

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    1. re: bernalgirl
      lamlex Aug 27, 2007 10:04 AM

      Don't be sorry that you didn't get to MC. I went there a number of times for business lunches, cocktails, etc. and was extremely disappointed every time.

      I look forward to something better from the restaurant that is going to open in that space.

      1. re: lamlex
        brokergal Aug 29, 2007 01:35 PM

        Couldn't agree more.

        1. re: lamlex
          Robert Lauriston Aug 29, 2007 01:44 PM

          I had several good meals there in the past 2-3 years, but every time I went it was a different menu with a different chef, so I was always dubious about recommending it. Really seemed like they needed new owners with a strong vision.

      2. Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2007 02:46 PM

        That Web site seems to be dead.

        Change in ownership or just a makeover / relaunch?

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          rworange Aug 27, 2007 05:23 PM

          You're right. It worked yesterday. Don't know more than what I gleaned off the old website.

        2. Robert Lauriston Aug 29, 2007 11:58 AM

          Chron has some info today: chef Michael Dotson, pastry chef Shuna Lydon, North African, Greek and Turkish influences, local / sustainable, opening late next month.


          This place is coming full circle--Splendido, the first restaurant to open in the space after Pat Kuleto's circa-1990 makeover, started with a strongly Greek-influenced pan-Mediterranean menu before heading in a more strictly Italian direction.

          1. Robert Lauriston Sep 20, 2007 12:18 PM

            Saw a sign that Sens opens October 1. Probably a firm date since the restaurant inherited all of its permits etc. from MCC.


            FWIW the Chron reported yesterday that Anthony Lemortellec, former chef of MCC, is now at Plouf.


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