Published November 01, 2012
A Tiny New Wine Den in Russian Hill
They say good things come in small packages.
That’s not 100% true. Good things come in big packages, too. Shaq. War and Peace
. Really giant
hot tubs. All big. All good.
That said, back to good things in small packages...
Raise your glass to Et Al.
, a stamp-sized den of champagne, riesling, Madeira and sherry,
soft-opening tomorrow on Polk Street.
What this place lacks in size, it more than makes up for in seductive
vibes: navy walls with white leather paneling, a backlit onyx bar and a custom
chandelier crafted out of dangling wine glasses.
If you bring a date (hint: definitely bring a date), opt for one of the Carrara marble two-tops—preferably
the one in the far back corner tucked next to the onyx bar.
Then, summon the wine. You’ve got riesling. Burgundies. Obscure wines from Georgia (the country). And
bubbly poured out of magnums. All paired with things like jamón ibérico or lamb meatballs from
Boulette’s Larder. You love those things.
There’s zero room for standing in the place. If you have to wait, head around the corner to Biondivino
(same owner) and start with a round of Italian wine. Oh, and starting in a few weeks, you’ll also be able
to get classic Italian espresso and savory breakfast bruschetta every morning.
Just in case the date goes that well.
2255 Polk St
(at Green St)
San Francisco, CA 94109