- Melanie Wong Aug 19, 2009 11:04 AM
Dropped into Urban Bread on Friday to try the sublime ice creams and sorbets from Flash Freeze. Learned that Naked Lunch, a pop-up lunch counter in Enrico's (North Beach) would open on Monday. The team is ex-Cafe Majestic (the ones who resigned en masse).
Who's tried it?
3901 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Two ice creams and three sorbets were available and tasted. They're filled and frozen into little plastic cups and there's some stock for sampling. Not cheap at $3.50 per, but quite unique. I'd have to check what's in my freezer for the exact flavors, but here's what I think they were: carrot ice cream, carmel something (cardamom?) ice cream, blackberry thyme sorbet, plum sage sorbet, and rhubarb lemon verbena sorbet. I might have switched the thyme and sage fruit matches. They're just a degree high in sweetness for me, but I liked them all very much. The ice creams are extremely rich, made with good ingredients including eggs. One problem is that the plastic cups are brittle when cold, and I dropped one trying to put it into the freezer at home. It cracked and made a hole, so I had to eat it right away. (g)
The flavors change all the time, apparently. This was my first time into Urban Bread, and it was nearly closing time so not much on the shelves and I was in a hurry so didn't linger to browse. The staffer said it's doing a good breakfast and lunch cafe business.
Enjoyed a superb "cold cuts" sammy from this new joint on Friday. Snake Rivers "Kobe" tri-tip seared super rare, and sliced ultra thin, with some delicious orange heirloom tomato, lettuce and horseradish aioli on an ACME torpedo roll. Superb. I'll def be hitting this place often.
New Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11.30am - 2.00pm (from website)
Next Sun 12/13/09 from 1-5pm Ian Begg and Naked Lunch will host a tasting with Berkeley's Broc Cellars winery to celebrate the winery's new "Naturale" wine series & all food and beverage for the entire afternoon will go for a flat rate of $15! (sfeater)