Foreign Cinema – San Francisco, CA (NoshDC on the Road)

Foreign Cinema

January 2014

 

Foreign Cinema - San Francisco

Foreign Cinema – San Francisco

 

San Francisco is a dining mecca, this is a fact. Prior to arriving I did some research and had a hard time narrowing the list down to 10 venues. With only three nights I had some hard decisions to make. I decided to go with some of the more popular hot spots so it was, Foreign Cinema, Nopa and Slanted Door. I wanted to try dinner at State Bird Provisional but it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a reservation and I didn’t want to do a wait list.

 

Foreign Cinema - San Francisco

Foreign Cinema – San Francisco

 

This guy was situated dead center in the dinning area. Apparently this place is very serious about having spotless glasses! (Dinner and a show…giggle)

 

Foreign Cinema - San Francisco

Foreign Cinema – San Francisco

 

 

Foreign Cinema - San Francisco

Foreign Cinema – San Francisco

 

 

Brunch seems very popular in SF as well but I didn’t have enough time before my flight on Saturday. I did enjoy the breakfast at Scala’s which is located at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel where I stayed. Take a look at my review of Scala’s here and my stay at this Kimpton property here. I also grabbed breakfast at Sweet Maple because I just had to try their ‘millionaire bacon’.

If at all possible, no matter which venue you desire, its best to make a reservation. I would say at least 2 weeks in advance. Especially if you are coming from the east coast like me where 7pm may feel like 10pm. Also, when a reservation is particularly hard to secure for a specific time or date, get the assistance of your concierge or better yet your credit card concierge. This was helpful at Nopa.

 

Foreign Cinema - San Francisco

Cured Sardines – Foreign Cinema – San Francisco

 

The menu here can change from day or week to week. This dish of Sardines knocked my socks off. I’ve never had anything like it.  Cured with peppers and I think potatoes and a creamy reduction.

 

Foreign Cinema is located in the mission district in what seemed to be an old theatre building. The cuisine theme is Californian – Mediterranean. View the current menu here. Everything was fantastic and the venue itself was gorgeous. There is definitely a Mediterranean feel with indoor and an outdoor courtyard seating. A film was displayed on the stone wall of the outdoor courtyard dining area while diners looked on and enjoyed their meals. The noise level was a little high with the open kitchen on one side and bar area on the other. In between was a cozy fireplace and tables. The feeling was very intimate and special. I really enjoyed it. Now onto the food!

No need to elaborate because I would sound like a broken record – everything was outstanding and recommended. But the menu seems to change so you’d just need to go and enjoy. Take a look at the pics.

 

Pork Tenderloin - Nopa  - San Francisco

Pork Tenderloin – Foreign Cinema – San Francisco

 

 

Madras Curry Fried Chicken - Foreign Cinema - San Francisco

Madras Curry Fried Chicken – Foreign Cinema – San Francisco

 

 

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I can’t imagine how anyone could go wrong with Foreign Cinema. It would be great to get a location here in DC.