Foreign Cinema

Just got back from Foreign Cinema, where, on a Friday night, we were able to walk in and get a table. That’s not a slight to the restaurant at all… more a comment on the ongoing economic crisis.  Who says it’s all bad?

Anyway, the food is still pretty fantastic.   I started witha Pacific Ono Ceviche which was prepared in a slightly Thai style… with coconut milk, jalapeños, and fish sauce.  T’was good, but I couldn’t help imagining what it would have been like if they had gone all the way with the Thai influence, perhaps with a bit of palm sugar and some lime juice, or maybe even some pulverized kaffir lime leaves.  Tracey’s starter was also quite good: a salad of arugula with a goat cheese crouton.  I restricted myself to sampling the leaves and found them quite delicious.

I chose the harissa-rubbed pork chop for my main, and it was spectacular.  It was served with a red-pepper puree/mash, and the combination was just perfect.  The only mild drawback was that the chop was, well… a bit rare for my taste, at least when it comes to pork.  Unfortunately, I didn’t notice this until it was far too late to ask the kitchen to cook it a bit longer, so I ended up eating it anyway.  Trichinosis, here I come!

Tracey chose the far less dangerous duck breast.  By rights, it ought to have tasted much worse than my pork, since she didn’t have to take her health into her own hands to enjoy the dish.  Sadly, this was not the case–her duck was perfectly cooked and beautifully prepared, with some extremely tasty accompaniments.

Unfortunately, we had to cut our evening a bit short due to a nascent headcold, but we were very encouraged to see this Mission stalwart still going strong in the midst of a major economic flustertruck.

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 648-7600

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