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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bon Marché's Grand Opening This Friday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM

click to enlarge BON MARCHÉ BRASSERIE & BAR
  • Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar

Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
, the latest from the Mercer Restaurant Group (MRG), who brought us AQ, TBD, and Mélange Market in the past, is finally set to open this Friday, August 28, in the Twitter building (technically, Market Square). It's not only one of the most highly anticipated openings of the season, but at 7,500 square feet, this will also be the largest location from the group, which includes restaurateur Matt Semmelhack and executive chef and owner Mark Liberman.

click to enlarge BON MARCHÉ BRASSERIE & BAR
  • Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar

The setting of the eatery, inspired by Paris' Marais district, has bloomed into an airy French marketplace that manages to be casual enough for a quick lunch and sophisticated enough for a lingering dinner. The space has been sectioned off into various stations with different functions, including a coffee shop, an oyster bar, a craft brewery and bar, a wine bar, a lounge and private dining room, and even a flower shop. The bustling open kitchen serves as the heartbeat of the establishment.

Lunch and dinner will be served, and the menu features classic brasserie fare that's been thoughtfully renovated. This includes your usual suspects of steak tartar, moules frites, and charcuterie that's made in-house — try the chicken liver mouse — served on a tasty and toasted baguette from MRG's soon-to-be-open-bakery in Cloverdale. Other notable dishes include a chilled watercress soup with smoked trout roe that's a beautifully vibrant green, worth ordering for the eye candy alone, Parisian gnocchi with summer squash blossoms, and duck au poivre with preserved cherries. There's also a selection of tartines available for the lunch folks.

Check out the full dinner menu below:

PDF Dinner menu.
Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar

Wine and beer can be enjoyed exclusively at their respective bars or be easily paired with the food as it was designed to. A selection of around 100 wines will be available and be listed according to Bon Marché’s tiered menu format, allowing diners to customize depending on price ranges (or, if you will, what region you'd like your grapes to be from). Beer, as previously mentioned, will feature house-brewed French style ales and guest beers.

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  • Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
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  • Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar

click to enlarge BON MARCHÉ BRASSERIE & BAR
  • Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
Also, the cocktails. Bar Manager Eric Quilty has thoughtfully put together a uniquely themed bar menu with drink names inspired by vintage French cinema. This includes the Discreet Charm (aged rhum agricole, pear liqueur, sesame infused honey, lemon, sparkling pear cider), Love at Sea (carrot-infused Campari, benedictine dolin dry vermouth), and Le Samouraï (Japanese whisky and sake-spiced plum syrup).

Lest you may not be enticed by any of that: Your cocktail may also come with a striped straw, which is always delightful.

Last, but certainly not least, the team responsible for bringing Bon Marché to life are really just a group of lovely people. They hope to see you soon.

Bon appétit! 

Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar, 1355 Market (right next to the entrance of the Twitter building's main lobby), 415)-802-1700

Betty Wang is an S.F.-based glutton, writer, and editor. She also tweets 
@bettywrites and Instagrams @bettyishungry.
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