San Francisco-South Market
May 11, 2018
Bar Agricole is that rare space, a venue that places equal emphasis on the food and the drink. There’s some seriously good grub being served here and the venue picked up a deserved James Beard Award for its design it’s a gorgeous, airy space that features white walls, high ceilings and lots of wood. The same evident level of care is applied to the drinks. Thad Vogler and Eric Johnson are in charge of the cocktail list and they have put together a menu of undisputed classics like the Bourbon Old Fashion and Mary Pickford. Our pick would be the Sleepyhead (brandy, ginger, mint and sparkling wine) or the gin and vermouth Turf Cocktail, though we’d suggest the Monkey’s Gland including gin and absinthe is perhaps only for the adventurous. These are well-mixed, potent drinks made with premium spirits cocktails for grown-ups. There’s a decent selection of wine and spirits on offer too. Food wise, Chef Brandon Jew is in charge and the menu includes such delights as black cod with daikon, roasted Duroc pork and Dungeness crab, and the desserts are pleasingly inventive: try the poppy seed chiffon cake with kiwi, lime and coconut, or the spiced rice pudding with blood orange and pistachio tuile. The place also does brunch at the weekends which includes sweet and savoury options (the chocolate crepes sound very tempting) and plenty of choice for vegetarians. Great food, great drinks and a great setting? It’s a trick that few places pull off but Bar Agricole shows how it should be done.