Foreign Cinema – 2534 Mission Street, San Francisco (Mission). http://www.foreigncinema.com/
Foreign Cinema was on my list of places to try (here). It was probably at the top of my list given everyone who has lived in SF raves about it – so much so that I’ve been…4 times in the last 2 months. It’s touted as one of “7 killer brunches” in SF (here) – it hasn’t disappointed. The sunshine streaming through the open patio in the middle is enough to bring a smile to anyone who walks in for a weekend brunch. I love this place because it makes me happy every time I go there.
What we drank:
- English breakfast tea ($4): a very nice blend, perfect for tea lovers for brunch
- House made organic strawberry soda ($5): so refreshing on a warm Sunday! Totally loved this – so fruity and tangy – this would be my pick of the non-alcoholic drinks.
- House made lavender lemonade ($5): also very refreshing, it was cool to actually taste the lavender which doesn’t seem artificial.
- Abita Root Beer, Louisana ($4): gourmet root beer – again refreshing and very tasty!
And what we ate:
- Slow-cooked brown sugar bacon ($6.50): three words – O.M.G. Totally amazing, do not leave this place without ordering this. The bacon was sooo yummy and the caramelisation makes it just amazing.
- Mixed organic fruit, honey yogurt, almonds, mint, saba ($7.50): despite being “just” fruits, honey and nuts, this was totally amazing. The fruits were so fresh and it was the perfect mix of honey, almonds and yoghurt with the mint a great finish to the dish.
- “Hangover soup” – a poached farm egg in rich tomato-red pepper broth, chicken, croutons, lime ($12): this is known as one of FC’s signature dishes for brunch, so I ordered it. I was however, disappointed – maybe I needed to be hungover to properly enjoy this? I found it somewhat bland, would’ve preferred a bit of spice to the tomato broth.
- Oysters (around $3 each): we asked the waitress to mix us half-a-dozen of her faves, so we got 3 different varieties. Really fresh and the dressing was reallllly good! :)
- Rich duck liver mousse bruschetta, field greens, balsamica ($10): my friend ordered this – a great dish, however, not “brunchy” enough for me. Also, I personally am not a huge fan of duck liver.
- Robust Persian flat omelet, green chilies, ginger, garlic, tomato chutney, chicken sausage, sliced avocado ($16.50): really yummy! Totally love the spiciness of this dish and the combination of the chicken sausage, chutney and avocado – really well balanced.
- Slow-cooked Berkshire pork, poached eggs, queso fresco, mojo verde, tortilla ribbons ($17.00): what can I say? I totally love poached eggs and this was YUMMY. This dish keeps changing each week – I tried the duck (below) and the chicken also, but the pork was by far my favourite, esp with the tortilla ribbons. FC bring back the tortilla ribbons!
the verdict: 9/10 – a unique and delicious brunch menu, in a beautiful setting that brings a smile to your face on any weekend :) do not leave SF without trying it!
don’t forget to order: the slow-cooked sugar bacon & the poached eggs