La Trappe - Page 2

Anything but monkish, the North Beach hotspot bulges with Belgian food and beers — and young fans in the basement

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PHOTO BY RORY MCNAMARA

In a city of bad burgers, La Trappe's ($11) is exceptional. The menu card announces that the beef is grass-fed and organic, from Marin Sun Farms, and usually I would interpret these proclamations of virtue as a warning that the burger will turn out to be dry and tasteless. But not here. If you order it medium-rare, you'll get it that way, with a well-seared crust around a succulent, rosy core. Add a slice of Gouda on top ($1.50) and have the brioche bun, and you might be holding the best burger in town, certainly one of them. The fries are probably superfluous, since you've almost certainly had a coneful or two as a starting nibble, but they're also irresistible.

The dessert menu contains at least one item of genuine interest, a parfait ($6) layered with strawberries, whipped cream, and pulverized Belgian biscuits our server likened to ginger snaps. You even get a whole biscuit so you can see what it looks like in its pre-pulverized form. By order of St. Benedict?

LA TRAPPE CAFE

Dinner: Tues.–Sat., 6–11 p.m.

800 Greenwich, SF

(425) 440-8727

www.latrappecafe.com

Beer and wine

DS/MC/V

Deafening downstairs

Tricky wheelchair access

 

Comments

I suppose that La Trappe "could be the city's only Belgian restaurant" except that it's not. Typically, Reindinger doesn't bother to do his homework. San Francisco deserves better.

Posted by Peter Moore on Apr. 21, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

I've eaten there. The service, ambiance and beers were great. The food on the other hand was pretty pedestrian. I had the rabbit stew that was indecipherable and at $25.00, I thought was quite over priced. Also, not every thing you order needs huge chunks of French fries ffs.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 23, 2010 @ 9:08 am

If ever one needs to see how ignorant and incompetent the SFBG is, reading this review is a great example.

A city of "bad burgers?" Really? This just shows you're an idiot. The rest of this review is a joke too. I realize that it's hard to eat when your head is up your ass, but why not try removing it once in a while. This is why dead tree media is dying - you're so busy writing crapola, no one wants to read it and have other options, like ANYTHING OTHER THAN THIS SHIT!

Oh and anyone who writes something in print and uses the "more about that later" thing, in any form, should be banned from journalism, as such a construct proves you're incapable of writing and making yourself clear without gimmicks.

Posted by RU Kiddingme on Apr. 22, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

dude, you're commenting on a Web site. also: chill out and have a chimay or something.

Posted by marke on Apr. 22, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

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