After seeing all of the beautiful lights, open roof seating, fantastic food, and films they project every night; Foreign Cinema moved to the top of my list of places to eat in San Francisco. So, on the ultimate “Treat Yo Self” day – my birthday – I decided to be fancy and treat myself to an awesome Saturday brunch meal at Foreign Cinema!
2534 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94110
They have “outdoor” seating with a high skylight, airy tents with lights and indoor seating with a rustic vibe. During dinner, Foreign Cinema plays different films, that change rotation monthly. My initial plan was to come during dinner, so I most definitely intend to come back in the evening! Our server was nice and friendly – she made it a welcoming experience! Since my sister and I shared a bunch of dishes, our waitress said she would be honored to throw down with us one of these days. We ate a lot, and we ate well.
For drinks, we kept it simple. My sister ordered the Navarro Pinot Noir Grape Juice, and I ordered the Housemade Sparkling Rose Lemonade. The grape juice was fresh and sweet. The lemonade, which was good, was incredibly rosy for me – it became too strong after a few sips. I loved the way it looked so I got for the aesthetics, heh.
First and foremost, I had to get the organic pop tarts. I mean, It’s one of the 100 THINGS TO EAT IN SAN FRANCISCO BY 7X7. I’ve heard so many good things about them, and I was not disappointed at all! We decided to get one of each: strawberry and peach. The peach was so good – it was nice, light, and not too sweet. The strawberry seemed to be little more burnt compared to the peach, and it had a smokey flavor as a result. It’s so light and flakey – I would totally want this every morning for breakfast!
I ordered the Baguette French Toast with caramelized Asian pears, huckleberries, and brown sugar-orange butter. The brown butter is what made the dish for me. The baguette wasn’t too hard, thankfully, and the butter is what brought out all of the flavors. It balanced well with the caramelized pears. I could’ve done without the huckleberries since they tasted a little bitter to me, and not in a way that balanced the sweetness of the dish.
My sister ordered the Beef Sirloin Carpaccio, horseradish creme fraiche, farm egg, waffled potatoes, fried rosemary watercress. She enjoyed the thinly sliced pieces of meat. I focused on eating the waffled potatoes dipped in the creme fraiche, which was basically like eating potato chips! We also split the lavender baked goat cheese, with a fig leaf, olivada, fingerling potatoes, Early Girl tomatoes served with baguette toasts. The goat cheese was fantastic on the baguettes; I’m salivating just thinking about it. It was seasoned perfectly and the potatoes and tomatoes paired well with the tang of the cheese.
And of course, aside from the pop tarts, my favorite was the Persian Breakfast: labneh, feta, preserves, cucumber, fresh herbs, mint, Za’atar, extra virgin olive oil with focaccia. It was such an easy dish to eat with the thick and fluffy focaccia bread with the various cheeses and herbs. I would also eat this every day for breakfast – and I have.
Going to Foreign Cinema is an experience that I think every Bay Area native (or visitor) should have! They’re friendly, it’s welcoming, and anything you order on the menu is seriously amazing. It may be a little pricey, but I think sometimes you just have to treat yo self. 😉