Brunch Gang hits the road: Triptych, San Francisco
Neighborhood: San Francisco’s SoMa district, 1155 Folsom St. (between 7th and 8th)
The scoop: I had arrived in San Francisco at 9 a.m. PST Sunday (after a delightful 6 a.m. EST departure from Newark) and knew brunch would be in order. Thanks to Yelp and Zagat, I stumbled upon Triptych. We arrived at Triptych around noon and were seated right away. There was a decent crowd, but it wasn’t too packed. The restaurant has a very funky vibe. The walls have paintings of different spots in the city and San Francisco athletes like Tim Lincecum. According to their website, these paintings were done by local artists, making Triptich a true neighborhood eatery. I read in several of the reviews that they have an outdoor garden, but we didn’t get a chance to see it. Their Sunday brunch is cash only, but they accept credit cards for other meals.
Bottoms up: For a limited time, Triptych is offering a bottomless mimosa brunch. For $30, you get unlimited mimosas and an entree. Other than that, drinks are not included in your meal. They offer greyhounds, sunrise OJ cocktails and raspberry lemonade cocktails for $7, and a bloody Mary will cost you $8. Mango, raspberry or regular mimosas are $8 per glass or $20 for a pitcher. I got the raspberry mimosa. It wasn’t too sweet and it was tasty, but a little strong. It was also a very generous size. Triptych also offers Timmermans strawberry beer for $5. This is perfect if you’re traveling with a man who doesn’t usually like typical brunch drinks (like my boyfriend). The beer came out in a Timmermans glass. It was delicious and the perfect brunch beer!
Chew on this:
Benedict special $13 / Apple smoked pancetta, crispy polenta cake, lemon hollandaise, roasted potatoes
What an awesome eggs Benedict! The lemon hollandaise on top added a nice touch of flavor but wasn’t overwhelming. The pancetta was crispy, and the polenta cake was cooked perfectly. For some reason, I was expecting the polenta to replace the English muffin you find in a typical eggs Benedict, but to my surprise, there was a very tasty English muffin on the bottom. By the time I got to the second half, the English muffin was a little soggy, but other than that, all of the ingredients complemented each other perfectly. The roasted potatoes were mixed with diced red peppers and onions, which added a nice element of flavor.
Chicken apple sausage omelet special $12 / Cage-free egg omelet with chicken apple sausage, red bell peppers, mushrooms, cheddar and mozzarella cheese and Dijon cream sauce, roasted potatoes
This omelet was very tasty and had a good amount of each ingredient. At first, I thought they skimped on the sausage, but it actually ended up on the other side of the omelet. It was very cheesy and had a lot of each different kind of cheese. The Dijon sauce on top was very tasty and was a nice addition to the dish.
Tater tots / Crispy tater tots available as a side dish served with sweet chili aioli sauce
The tator tots were nothing out of the ordinary, but the sweet chili aioli sauce made them a little more special. According to the waiter, this sauce is also served with their very popular sweet potato fries.
The final bite: I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first West Coast brunch experience, but Triptych exceeded all of my expectations! Delicious food with innovative ingredients, tasty drinks and a fun atmosphere make this a must-try brunch spot in San Francisco.
Reviewed by: Jen