NEW: NewTree Cafe & Chocolate Shop, SF SOMA
Found out from Yelp NewTree Cafe & Chocolate Shop is now open in SF SOMA area. Seems they have soups, salads, coffee, lots of chocolate.
Any hounds been yet?
NewTree Cafe & Chocolate Shop
1 Ecker Place (base of Market St Plaza b/w Jessie St & Stevenson St)
SF CA 94105
Hrs: M-F 7am-5:30pm
I went over at lunch today (past the 50 people standing in line for Chipotle).
It's a really pleasant space, but more of a "drink coffee and hang out" space than an "eat here" space, with some cushiony seating at one end. There are a couple of tables outside, and lots of places to sit on a nice day in the adjoining Market St. Plaza.
The savory menu is limited and everything is pre-made. The menu touts "organic and fair trade ingredients" and I believe everything is vegetarian. There are four salads, four sandwiches, and a "savory verrine of the day" and soup of the day. They put the soup of the day for the whole week on the menu board, which I thought was a nice touch.
I got the soup and a mint pesto and goat cheese sandwich ($5.99 -- the menu and the label say it's on a white roll, but mine is on an Acme olive roll, which is even better!).
At $2.99 for a cup and a tiny sourdough roll, the soup may be one of the best deals in the FiDi. A cup was a 12-ounce container of bright fresh pea mint soup with a little kick of heat on the finish. One of the best soups I've had in a long time! The mint pesto and the goat cheese also make for a tangy, tasty sandwich that didn't suffer from being pre-made. Not cheap, but reasonable for the quality of the ingredients.
The croissants looked good, and it turns out they're Acme Organic (so they *are* good). The rest of the baked goods were also appealing. A varied selection of hot and cold drinks rounds out the menu.
HHC, you should go for the samples: on the back wall they had samples of all of their chocolate bars, and they were pushing samples of their Belgian hot chocolate (vegan, made with almond milk). There was also a sample of their nougat cookie, which was delicious, if a bit sweet (as nougat always is), and there were open jars of a couple of their chocolate spreads and a Hawaiian honey on the cream/sugar station by the door (and stirrer sticks to sample).
Staff was helpful and friendly, although they still have some new-business kinks (like running out of pre-filled containers of salad dressing before 12:30) to work out.
Yes, two separate items. But it's only a little more than the soup/half sandwich combo at SF soup company, and the quality is much higher. I've never been a fan of New Tree chocolates, but I did like a couple of the ones I sampled (the lime granola and the ginger -- I didn't see the chile).