817 Sutter Street (Near Jones)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Canteen is a small restaurant in San Francisco’s Tenderloin/Nob Hill area, right next to an Academy of Art location. Open in 2005, they have a weekly changing menu and serve American cuisine. The menu is very compact so make sure they have what you like. Chef-owner Dennis Leary used to work at Rubicon.
Decor, Vibe – Tiny 20 seat diner. Small 4 table restaurant with green counter seating. The place is so cozy, you can see the chef cook and interact.
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Complimentary Amuse Bouche of spiced melon.
Sweet Corn soup ($7.50) with basil and chopped fresh prawns was smooth a creamy. Nice corn flavor. Not a lot of prawns, but decent flavor to those present.
Pears, Treviso, and Pecornio Salad ($8.50) with walnut oil and thyme had some pretty bitter treviso, which had to be eaten with pear to control the flavors. A refreshing salad, but one suited only if you can handle bitter greens.
Poussin ($24.50) with fig glaze, romano beans, new potatoes, and garlic jus was delicious. The chicken was cooked perfectly, with a slightly crispy skin. Very nice lightly flavored jus to dip the chicken in.
Pork Schnitzel ($25) deep fried with lightly cooked poached egg, bacon sprinkle, arugula, mustard sauce sound like a breakfast dish, but was a heap of deep fried goodness.
Canteen had decent service, with the server around most the time. The place is pretty small. Portion size is on the smaller end, so most people will need to get all 3 courses. The food was good and prices fair, making this a good restaurant if you are in the area. Menu breath is pretty narrow, so be prepared to compromise. Short Wine list with moderate markup, glasses from $7, bottles from $32.