Eating: The Fine Mousse
CRAVE: Mac n’ cheese
The Fine Mousse is one of those classic neighborhood spots. Hidden in the rolling streets of Russian Hill, this spot is a decent jaunt off of the regularly beaten paths of shops on Polk Street, Columbus Avenue, or Hyde Street.
The Fine Mousse is comforting and casual, with small candles atop each wooden table, a variety of high tops, large tables perfect for group and intimate nooks for a concentrated conversation depending on who your companion is.
The menu has an array of small bites like the crispy brussel sprouts or a kale and beet salad.
The main pull for this spot? Champagne and fries. Two of my biggest loves.
The champagne includes 13 different offerings from France, South Africa, California, Spain and more.
The fries are cooked in duck fat, which instantly ups the deliciousness factor. Depending on the size, you can get two or three of the specialty mayos as dipping sauce. Flavors include Hibiscus & Pink Pepper, Garlic & Rosemary, Chipotle, Parmesan & Truffle, Habanero & Dill, Mustard & Apple, Grapefruit & Curry, and Earl Grey & Peaches.
Favorites for us were the Mustard & Apple which was sweet but tangy, and the Garlic & Rosemary — a no-brainer, good combination.
Though we came for the fries and champs, we stayed for the mac ‘n cheese. This was a surprisingly good dish, with al dente spiral pasta and chunks of cheese melted into each other and the cast-iron skillet.
I was disappointed by the time we visited the bitterballen (fried, pulled brisket) was no longer on the menu. If your looking for something more than snacks and heavier on protein options, you’ll do better to find a different dining option — but for an early happy hour or catch up with friends, The Fine Mousse offers a cozy spot.
Learn more about The Fine Mousse on their website.