Maven- its quite a fitting name for this adventurous little eatery in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco. A perfect place for a slightly hungover sunday brunch – really good food and spicy but light and fresh bloody marys.
My friend and I shared their Blueberry Crumb Cake with hazelnuts and Yogurt to start. This cake was fluffy and light, yet moist and rich, a very difficult combination to achieve. It was topped with a delicious semi-crisp crumb, which provided a rich contrast to the rest of the cake.
Regretting ordering one course each after the cake, we tucked into our bloody marys. These were a little too spicy with the heat dominating the drink, but they did wake me up, and they were refreshing.
Our mains arrived promptly after the cake, and I had ordered a duck hash with fried duck egg and braised sofrito- this was truly an amazing dish. The duck was almost as rich as a confit, with deep hints of clove that paired so well with the velvety duck yolks. The potatoes were excellent- they were breakfast style, yet retained much of their fresh baby potato character- sweet and earthy. Not smothered in spices or onions. Perfection.
My brunch buddy had a souffléd German pancake, which was quite a spectacle when it arrived on a cast iron skillet – looking like an omelet puffed up as a football. The soufflé was not to dense and the accompanying apple sauce lent the dish moisture and depth. Quite a unique dish.
This place is a must go if you are in Lower Haight !
Maven San Francisco
598 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117
The brunch menu is available here