Portuguese week at Horatius (SF)
Did a quick run through of newly opened Horatius Market Gallery & Bistro this afternoon. It's on Kansas across the street from the culinary school. For the Portuguese mavens out there, this week it's featuring Portuguese food products. I tasted a Portuguese olive oil and my friend bought a Portuguese cookbook.
The shelves are rather sparsely stocked now and there's a lot of floor space. As fitting a "gallery", it is quite attractive. The bistro looked busy at late lunch time. i did eye the pastries, and some are made in-house, others are supplied by Patisserie Philippe. Coffee is Ritual.
350 Kansas Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
I was in there like 15 minutes tops, so I hope we hear from others who check it out. I did enjoy the samples of chocolates (these weren't from Portugal). Oh, and there's a small wine bar. I recognized the labels from Robert Sinskey on the bottles on top of the counter, but again, didn't take the time to investigate further.
re: Melanie Wong
We went there for lunch yesterday. We saw no sign of Portuguese week on the menu except for the bacalhau and the tuna salad - which we tried and had a lot to complain about. :(
While I truly hope they do well with this venture I also feel they need to make some bigger improvements in the kitchen and floor services.
No Portuguese style espresso drinks offered but at least it's Ritual style goodness. This might have been one of my first encounters with automatic brewed Ritual. I was impressed it wasn't french pressed.
Go there for coffee, fancy sodas, and california and french style baked goods. I'm not sure about the rest.