Restaurant Reviews

Kitchen Story

February 10, 2015

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

On the fence.
I’m a bit on the fence about returning, great location with okay service. The food was great, but it had it’s drawbacks (read below).

Hours
Mon – Thurs, Sun  8 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri – Sat   8 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

My aunt came from out of town and I wanted to take her to a great brunch spot. I decided that this would be a perfect opportunity to try the much-talked-about Kitchen Story. We were very lucky, we arrived around noon and didn’t have to wait. However, once we were leaving there was several people waiting to be seated. Kitchen Story offers indoor and outdoor seating in a casual setting in the Castro.

What we ate/drank:

  • Organic soy lavender ($4.45)
  • French toast ($11.45)
  • Ricotta pancakes ($12.45) with addition of millionaire’s bacon and scrambled eggs (+ $9)

Thoughts?

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I started out with the organic soy lavender which consisted of warm soy milk, honey, cardamom, and lavender. Side note: my two favorite things in life, besides food, are lavender and elephants. I’m literally obsessed with anything lavender scented or flavored. This drink, though, just tasted like milk, the only lavender I could taste were the small buds they sprinkled on top.

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I ordered the mascarpone-stuffed, deep fried French toast that was garnished with fruit and powdered sugar. The dish is VERY filling and, at first, it’s a bit much because since it is deep fried the outer edge is too crispy. The mascarpone is concentrated in the middle, therefore, the outer pieces of the bread are just unnecessary calories that don’t have as much flavor. However, once it gets to the middle, I was in love. The fried layer is a littler thinner and the mascarpone keeps it moist. Once you get through the outer, drier area, every bite of French toast with fruit and syrup was delicious! They don’t skimp on the fruit and the combination of flavors is great together!

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The pancakes were definitely not as good as the French toast, but they did have a similar problem, the edges were a bit dry, leaving only the center of the ricotta pancakes moist.

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The waitress told us to order the combo (with eggs and bacon) and ask for scrambled eggs. I was a bit surprised since scrambled eggs are always pretty simple. As soon as I took a bite of these eggs though, I completely understood what she meant. WOW, the eggs were like fluffy clouds. I have never eaten eggs that were so airy. Apparently they are just vigorously whipped with a machine before they are cooked, but whatever method they used, I was really impressed! I would suggest ordering an omelette, if their scrambled eggs are any indication, I’m sure it’s delicious.

The bacon was also AMAZING, probably the best part of the meal! This is some of the best bacon I have ever had. It wasn’t crispy like I usually prefer, but it was covered in a sweet maple and spices that really brought out the smokey bacon flavor. It was really soft and it was fatty, but it didn’t taste fatty and didn’t feel like a calorie overload. I will say that the bacon should be eaten right away because the strip that was left over at the end of the meal had hardened up and was definitely not as good as it was warm.

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