San Francisco, 94116
Chouchou, which means teacher's pet in French, has definitely became a pet for me. After two visits, I felt like I can always depend on it to serve me a great French meal. Like many restaurants in France, the place was very humble in size. The tables are very close to one another as my sister, cousin and I squeezed and walked sideway into our seats. This considers a very hard task when people were seated at the next table.
After seated, the waitress did not hesitate to bring out the bread basket filled with warm French baguettes, the menu and the wine list. As the meal progressed, she also consistently came back to fill our glasses and clear our table.
Chouchou participated in San Francisco Dine About Town, which took place every January and June of each year. The month-longed deal allowed diners to order a 3 courses meal for $35. Taking advantage of the deal, my sister, cousin and I ordered a variety to share. We started with the Crab Salad, the P.E.I Mussels and the Escargots a l'ail. The crab salad came out first. It was creamy with the natural sweetness from the crab meat and crunchy bites from the diced vegetables. Shortly after, I could smell the other appetizers few feet away. Both the mussels and escargots were very garlicky and buttery. The mussels were not slimey at all, only a bit fishy. The garlic and butter-filled escargot was perfect! It was not chewy nor grassy.
|Escargots a l’ail - snails, butter, shallots, garlic, parsley|
|P.E.I Mussels Marinieres with shallots, garlic, parsley, cream, white wine|
|Seared Shrimps with sautéed asparagus, creamy polenta, Pastis flambée, garlic butter sauce|
|Angus 8oz Hanger Steak with pommes frites, balsamic shallot sauce, fermented garlic aioli|
|Fresh Fruit Tart with apricot, pear, mandarin orange and blueberry|