Wednesday, January 28, 2015


The Cavalier gallups into SoMa


The British have brought us plenty of awesomeness over the years.

The Rolls Royce. The Rolling Stones. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

But unfortunately, British cuisine has gone largely unsung.

The team behind Marlowe and Park Tavern aims to change that with their newest restaurant, The Cavalier, now open adjacent to Hotel Zetta in SoMa.

Taking two steps into the space will make you feel like you've been transported across the pond. Think tufted peacock blue leather banquettes, illustrations of bygone gentleman keeping company with taxidermied deer, and a 27-seat zinc bar.

A quick inspection of the menu reveals that the Brits like to top their food with eggs as much as we do. Except they do us one better: their cuisine comes with adorably cheeky names. Take the hen eggs hollandaise, served with little soldiers. Which is really the perfect way of describing finger sandwiches filled with burrata and prosciutto.

Knock back a few Royal G&T's, and you'll find you want to say everything the British way.

Like loo, lorrie, and saloon car.

The Cavalier
360 Jessie St., Downtown/SoMa

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Either the public garage at 5th and Mission or the $14 Valet.
Scene: An after-work crowd in their late 20s rubs elbows with wealthy tourists staying at Hotel Zetta.
Nearby: AQ; Bourbon & Branch; Mikkeller Bar

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