Citizen Cake - CLOSED
399 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102 USA
This is a review of the pastisserie, not the restaurant… After eating at the pastisserie, we may well go back to try the restaurant.
Delicious. The cupcakes had wonderful flavors well beyond what you expect. The key lime cupcake actually captured most of the essence of a key lime pie in the cupcake! The filling was pretty good (every Florida native recognizes one "true" key lime filling, and each of us recognizes a different one, soo…), and the cake itself really tasted of the border between the pie filling and the graham cracker crust. The chocolate chip cupcake actually had the extra brown sugary flavor of a good chocolate chip cookie. Neat. The vanilla cupcake we had was a little dry; it may have been sitting out too long. Still tasted great.
Then there were the fruit geles and cookies we had. Wonderful. The geles were high-quality, definitely made with pectin. And the cookies had that great crunch on the outside, were moist inside, yet were still thin… And the fondant sandwiched between them certainly brightened the cookies and really made the flavors come together.
My espresso (on an Elektra) was very well prepared and came out rich and smooth. That's rare enough in itself.
The staff was wonderful when we were there. The pastisserie was full, so they guided us over to the restaurant to sit. We accidentally sat in the dining area during the pre-dinner cleaning, and they were very gracious about moving us over to the bar area. We certainly are interested in the restaurant side now. Alas, their web site requires Flash that doesn't work with swfdec…