Creme caramel – Foreign Cinema

Creme caramel - Foreign Cinema
Strawberry-ginger compote, caramel cake crumble. $9
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

I’m not a big dessert person, but I can appreciate a delicious, simple sweet treat. And that’s exactly was this was. It wasn’t too fancy or had a ton of superfluous decorations. It was just simple and yummy.

Duck leg confit and five spice duck breast – Foreign Cinema

Duck leg confit and five spice duck breast - Foreign Cinema
Pea tendrils and shoots, pickled radishes and turnips, French lentils. $26
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

I love Foreign Cinema because they consistently put out delicious food, and this was no exception. The duck was spectacularly cooked both ways, and the accompaniments were equally lovely. Mmm…

Venetian style fish and shellfish risotto – Foreign Cinema

Venetian style fish and shellfish risotto - Foreign Cinema
Sea scallops, clams, true cod, spinach, hen of the woods, radicchio. $29
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was delicious! The seafood was cooked perfectly and the risotto had a great texture and flavor. Noms!

Felix Leiter's Proposal cocktail - Foreign Cinema
Felix Leiter’s Proposal: Rittenhouse rye, absinthe rinse, Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters. $13

Pineapple tarte tatin – Foreign Cinema

Pineapple tarte tatin - Foreign Cinema
Huckleberry-rhubarb caramel, fleur de sel. $11
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

This dessert was good, but not super memorable. The combination of flavors looked intriguing on paper, but they didn’t quite mesh naturally for me. I think the tarte tatin was well executed, but the sauce either wasn’t bold enough or just didn’t pair well with the pineapple.

Sesame fried chicken – Foreign Cinema

Sesame fried chicken - Foreign Cinema
Marinated chick peas, Mexican style quelites, avocado sauce, spiced honey. $24
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Wow, this fried chicken was amazing! The flavors that they created and combined were really interesting and delicious. The chicken itself was cooked perfectly and super moist and juicy. I loved the delicate accompaniments because they tasted great, and they didn’t detract from the fried chicken which was the star. Noms!

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Saratoga cocktail - Foreign Cinema
Saratoga: Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, Germain Robin brandy, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, bitters. $11

Natural beef carpaccio – Foreign Cinema

Natural beef carpaccio - Foreign Cinema
Fresh horseradish crema, wild arugula, manchego cheese, waffle chips, fried capers. $15
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I really loved the variety of flavors and textures in this dish! They made the plate really fun and delicious. My one suggestion would be that the beef could have been shaved slightly thicker. Because the beef was SO thin, it sometimes got lost amongst all the other yummy components leaving you to ask, “Where’s the beef?”

Frittata – Foreign Cinema

Frittata - Foreign Cinema
Squash blossoms, zucchini, goat cheese, spring onion, tomato vinaigrette, chicken sausage, mixed greens. $16
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Another delicious brunch dish! I particularly liked the nice sear on the chicken sausage. Everything was super flavorful and tasted fresh and spring-y.

Water service - Foreign Cinema

Water service.

Castro Castle Guest House, 17th Street

Castro Castle Guest House, 17th Street. I’ve always thought that this building was super cheesy looking and out of place. But I appreciate that it has SO much character. I don’t think I’d ever want to stay here though.

Crisp duck leg confit – Foreign Cinema

Crisp duck leg confit - Foreign Cinema
Poached eggs, frisee, endive, five spice cracklings, croutons, sherry vinaigrette. $17
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Crisp duck leg confit - Foreign Cinema
Omg, this was SO good and everything was cooked beautifully! The duck was delicious as were the poached eggs. The five spice cracklings were a fun and yummy addition.

Branded paper towels - Foreign Cinema
I thought it was cool that Foreign Cinema had branded paper towels in their bathroom. So classy, lol!

Bloody mary cocktails – Foreign Cinema

Sunday bloody caesar cocktail - Foreign Cinema

Sunday bloody caesar cocktail – House-made clamato, fresh lime, Worcestershire and house-infused jalapeno vodka, flavorful yet lighter than the cousin Mary! $10
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Persian bloody mary - Foreign Cinema

Persian bloody mary – An exotic blend of lime, south Indian curry, sumac, and sherry vinegar and vodka. $10

I really enjoyed both of these bloody mary’s. The first one definitely had more of the traditional flavors and the Persian one took a few sips to get into, but I really enjoy its inventive flavor combination for a bloody mary. The sumac salt was also really pretty and the pickled fennel was a great addition.

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Colorful San Francisco homes, Castro Street
Colorful San Francisco homes, Castro Street.