Chapeau!

French Cuisine | 126 Clement St. San Francisco, CA | http://www.chapeausf.com

Chapeau! is such a lovely restaurant. Located in Inner Richmond, parking availibility is awesome and location is convenient being close to Golden Gate Park. This quaint restaurant providing white table cloth dining exudes an elegant, classy, and sophisticated feel. Chef and owner is French as is the staff. I dined here yesterday and was graced with an older French gentleman, Pascal, as our waiter. He was very pleasant, knowledgable, and warm-spirited, which topped off my experience dining here. Now moving on to the best part: FOOD.

I ordered a prix fixed 3-course meal. Appetizer: A classic- French onion soup. It was served piping hot, just as a like it. What I really appreciated about this dish was the abundance of natural flavors of onion and cheesy goodness (not just salt). I’ve had many french onions that were just plain salty. The cheese was melted perfectly on top and went well with the complimentary warm french bread that was provided for the table. Entree: Monkfish served with butternut squash risotto, lobster sauce. I read that in France monkfish was also called the “poor man’s lobster” which captured my interest as it is uncommon for fish to have a lobster-like texture. Biting into the filet I expected a tougher texture, however I was pleasantly surprised with a buttery tender texture, exploding with the flavors of the lobster sauce underneath. The butternut squash risotto was cooked perfectly which I applaud. Dessert: Vanilla bean creme brulee. Light and refreshing and a perfect ending to an almost flawless execution of classic French cuisine and excellent service!

Side note: they allow table to order both prix fixed and a la carte meals in one sitting, love it!

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