Marlowe Restaurant Review, San Francisco
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Marlowe is a market driven neighbourhood bistro near SF’s ATT park, just across the street from the Caltrain station. Chef du Cuisine: Jennifer Puccio was formerly of Cortez. The focus here is on American comfort food. We decided to try this place because Michael Bauer raved about its burger. Our last visit was in November 2012. Marlowe’s sister restaurant is Park Tavern SF.
Decor, Vibe – Marlowe occupies the space that formerly housed South. It is a tiny cramped space with modern decor, communal tables, bench seating, and counter seating. Marlowe was loud and packed with 20 to 30 something dot-commers during lunch and dinner.
Menu is short with just a couple options for lunch including their famous hamburger.
Signature Dishes – Hamburger, Steak.
Marlowe burger ($12) with Caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon, & horseradish aioli consisted of the 80%/20% lean to fat ground beef mix with bit of lamb mixed in. An awesome toasted and buttered Acme Bakery bun topped it off. The burger was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was fairly juicy had solid premium meat flavors. The patty is of reasonable size and not particularly big.
Freshly cut french fries with parsley and kosher salt were crispy textured and excellent.
Sole Sandwich ($14) was recommended by the server and definitely hit the spot. A good sized lunch sandwich made with quality fish.
Fried Chicken Sandwich ($13) was also highly recommended. After ordering the burger so many times, this was a great change. Almost rivaling Bakesale Betty in Oakland.
Dungeness crab roll ($12) with English cucumber, celery & wild arugula and their house made aioli was excellent but tiny. Needed 2 of these to be full! A seasonal item.
Brussels sprouts chips Lemon & sea salt ($6) was an excellent starter with compact slices of the brussel sprout quickly fried without batter. Lots of artery clogging oil in this dish!
Mushroom ($10) appetizer was on the greasy side but is still worth ordering. A nice poached egg topped this off.
Little gem salad avocado, market vegetables, citrus vinaigrette ($8) is a good-looking salad with a very strong dressing partially balanced with pockets of guacamole.
Ice tea Special ($6) barely filled two tiny glasses.
Service - Marlowe had surprisingly good service with a friendly waitress who took care of refills without prompting.
Value - Prices are in line with sit down restaurants serving this quality of food.
Verdict - Marlowe is a solid choice for a meal when you are in this area, going to AT&T park, or hitting CalTrain. The burger is very good and needs to be tried by foodie burger fans. Pearl’s still takes the cake for low-cost and high-quality.
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