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Aug 26, 2007 10:17 AM

SF - Monte Cristo Cafe Closed


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

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  1. 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

      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

          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.

      1. That Web site seems to be dead.

        Change in ownership or just a makeover / relaunch?

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

        2. 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. 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.