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Had lunch today at Thermidor. Sad to report I can not recommend it. The portions were very small, poor quality food overall, overpriced and amateurish service. I had a chicken salad. The chicken was breaded (not shredded and poached as stated on the menu) and tasted as though it had been prepared the day before. The chicken was served cold over romaine and the meat was not tender. The wait staff tried but it was clear the facility did not have the feel of a place where people who were genuinely interested in the food but more interested in being seen in a cool modern environment. Though the concept and interior were both appreciated and well executed the overall experience was lackluster and unfulfilling. So, thumbs down and not returning. Too cold of an ambiance - no soul in the food/restaurant.

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Thermidor
8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. My experience at Thermidor was also mixed, which disappointed me, since the menu has a Mad Men mid-century vibe that I found interesting. I enjoyed the Lobster Thermidor, but found the Chicken Kiev dry and somewhat tasteless. To be sure, I can't say whether or not Chicken Kiev is supposed to taste that way, since I can't remember ever having previously had the dish. Nor, for that matter, can I recall seeing it on other menus in this city, though possibly it's out there and I just never paid attention.

    So my reaction to Thermidor is about the same as my reaction to Mint Plaza as a whole: I like the concept but there's something a little off about the execution.

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    Thermidor
    8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. Zero Zero had an hour-plus wait, so I used Opentable to see what was available nearby and ended up at Thermidor. The place was mostly full and pretty lively. Warm atmosphere except for the mid-century modern molded plastic swivel chairs, which people my age may associate with waiting rooms and airports. Comfortable, though.

      Started with a few hors d'œuvres (as they call them on the menu, $6.75 each). Potato chips with crème fraiche, smoked sable, and trout roe were good and fun. Pan-roasted brussels sprouts were great, bright and lemony with hints of chile and mint. Fried potatoes with aioli were tasty though a bit too much like home fries to be finger food (does this place serve brunch?)

      Steak tartare ($13) was pretty good though not as good as what I had at Moody's in Truckee.

      Crab newburg ($15) was good, a lighter, modern version of the dish, mostly crab.

      I tasted the eponymous lobster thermidor ($34), which was a dual prep, half thermidor and half steamed with drawn butter. Both were good though we agreed that you can't really beat the latter.

      For dessert we had fresh, hot cake donuts ($8.50). One was with chocolate sprinkles that melted, I didn't taste it, my companion said was reminiscent of an eclair. The other was with cinnamon sugar spiked with cayenne, it was so good we ordered two more.

      Service was friendly, good wines by the glass, interesting cocktails. I'd go back though given the particular slant of the menu probably not often.

      http://www.thermidorsf.com/menu/therm...

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      Thermidor
      8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Zero Zero
      826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107