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Apr 20, 2008 09:32 AM

Has anyone tried the new Chez Papa Resto in the Mint Plaza?

We live downtown and are big fans of the original Chez Papa in Potrero. I just noticed they opened a new restaurant in the Mint Plaza and wondered if the food was as good as the original? I'm thinking the atmosphere is likely better at the original, but interested in opinions as it would be nice to have Chez Papa within walking distance. Thanks

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  1. Chez Papa Resto in the Mint Plaza is a bistro, a surprisingly good one. A lovely place to entertain friends (and be entertained).

    Our server recommended the soupe du jour, a pea soup made with the freshest peas. It was excellent.

    Dishes I liked -

    Labelle Farms foie gras with fig jam, sauteed pears and Banyuls (fine dining quality)
    Seared diver scallops with fava beans, pistou and pine nuts (ditto)

    A dish I could have liked more - milk fed veal sweetbreads with black trumpets, snap peas, spring garlic emulsion. Sweetbread texture wasn't quite perfect.

    The server recommended lavender creme brulee, vanilla sablet, which was all right. The flavor wasn't too sharp. Because the dessert arrived late (I hardly noticed) they comped it!

    Then they brought us glasses of muscat, gratuit... They were almost TOO nice, I guess it was the opening week.

    The bottom line. Food here is actually worth it.

    1. I've been there twice. First time, we went in for drinks and apps before a show, then went back post-show to share the cheese plate and dessert wine. Highly recommended on both counts. The cheese plate is a good size and cheese in peak condition. Lovely ambiance at night. My husband went back with a work crowd for an early business dinner the following week and took over the large communal table. Everyone loved it. I think I prefer it to the original - at night anyway.

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        Chez Papa Resto
        4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. Tried it last night and loved it. Sommelier was a lot of fun with a great recommendation and the food was as good if not better than the original. Also, while I love the charm of the original, this space is a bit more comfy (chair not bumped throughout dinner). Order the foie gras and pan fried filet (although friends had the halibut and scallops and both were GREAT as well). Nice addition to downtown dining. PS Debra - you were spot on - the cheese course was great and they even brought an extra little taste of one we were all fighting for.

          1. We went a few days after they opened. It was a warm Saturday around noon and most people were sitting outside. It was too hot for us so we ate inside where I could see the outdoor seating area. As others have said the food and service were nice, but I couldn't help noticing that the alleyway where the restaurant is located was constant with foot traffic because it is a city street, I suppose (Jessie Street). I think if I'd been eating outside that could have been distracting, somehow being a different feeling from eating at a sidewalk cafe in North Beach, for example, since the alley is so narrow.