Report from Heirloom Cafe (Mission District, SF)
Heirloom Cafe is a great addition to the Mission and at times the food soars, but it can also be inconsistent.
We had an excellent burrata appetizer with melon, proscuitto and herbs. The cheese and meat were of top quality and the herbs and melon provided an intriguing compliment. The salmon and creamed corn was also tasty; the salmon was perfectly roasted and the sweetness of the corn worked very well with it. Gnocchi with Italian sausage featured wonderfully fluffy gnocchi and intensely spicy sausage. The downside with this dish is that these two wonderful ingredients seemed to compete with each other; the sweet corn and various seasonings helped bring the dish together but it still seemed a bit unbalanced.
Overall, The chef seems to really focus on providing interesting textures as well as flavors. While his ingredients and approach are squarely California cuisine, he clearly has his own perspective that is apparent in each dish.
The only clunker was the chocolate bread pudding dessert; it was tough and still cold in the center. While the chocolate was excellent there was not much else of interest. Our waitress said it was new to the menu. Hopefully it will either be revamped or disappear.
The wine list is interesting and I appreciate the decreased corkage charge for older vintages.
The service was charming and helpful, though there were some coordination issues with the kitchen.
Be advised the the restaurant is very loud -- even when not that crowded. I would not go there with a party larger than 4 people.
2500 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110