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Nov 25, 2011 11:33 AM


had a very enjoyable dinner at Plouf last night for Thanksgiving. we had early reservations, 5:30, and by the time we left at 7:30 the place was packed. it was the only restaurant open in Belden Place, and a warm, bright beacon it was. Festive as always, we enjoyed moules Plouf - pastis, cream, shallots, roasted garlic chilis and fines herbes - heady with garlic, the pastis was very suble. we ordered extra frites (i think their frites might be my favorite in the City, now that Jeanty at Jacks is gone - perfectly salted and crispy) and bread to sop up the delicious sauce. i had two oysters on the half shell, and a tartare of buffalo was my entree. the ruby red meat was very fresh and light after the richness of the moules. my dad had the roasted turkey breast and confit leg, mushroom sage gravy and stuffing and cranberry sauce, that breast was the most tender and juicy turkey breast ever. my sister had pacific sea bass with braised leek potato purée, pole beans, and chanterelle mushrooms - the fish was moist and tender and buttery - the best thing of the evening, to me. her gf had french onion soup which i didn't try, and truffle oil mac-n-cheese, which i did - good, tho it lacked a bit more cheese and wasn't as trufflle-y as i would have liked, but it suited her fine. prices were jacked up for thxgiving, as expected, but all well worth it. Service was a tad spotty (had to ask for bread three times, they forgot my sweetbreads salad, so we asked them to not bring it and take it off the bill) but it was to be expected with all the big parties. we forgave.

It had been years since I'd been to Plouf, when I used to be a regular there. I need to put it back in the regular rotation.

Belden Place
44 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

40 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

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  1. Thanx for the report. Plouf is one of many great great local places that get little fanfare but continue to produce wonderful food. Sometimes all we need is a reminder to get a good place back into the dining out rotation.

    40 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

    1. I discovered Plouf about 5 years ago when I visit San Francisco during the Christmas-New Year holidays. They make the best moules outside of Brussels. I've just made reservations for the end of this month. Can't wait!!!

      4 Replies
      1. re: toitoi

        Huh. I don't think they make good mussels at all. Just about any place in Liege is better, and A Cote in Oakland. I do love a good moule frite.

        1. re: bbulkow

          Plouf used to be where I'd go when craving mussels, but now I prefer A Cote's.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Robert, always appreciate your rec's, however, being from Los Angeles and only in San Francisco for the holidays, making a trek to Oakland really isn't in my plan.

            But, thanks, and keep writing, I enjoy reading yours.

          2. re: bbulkow

            I need to go back to see if I still like them, but I have really fond memories of their mussels.

            Plus, I can compare against the mussels I recently had at Barbacco, which my SO said were the best she's ever tasted.