San Franciscans take their brunch extremely seriously. Ask any local where to go and you'll be pummeled with recommendations for the best benedicts, flakiest croissants, largest mimosas, etc. I'm no authority, but in my humble opinion Foreign Cinema is the place to go for brunch. Extra points if you go on September 18th, which has been declared "Foreign Cinema Day." The open flow of the space and large sliding glass walls leading out to the patio allow for a fantastic ambiance and a warm breeze. Industrial concrete contrasts well with the wooden tables and living wall. You can tell a lot of thought went into creating the space, nothing feels accidental.
If you're going for brunch, you're getting a cocktail. Skip the typical mimosa and grab a Serpent's Kiss. The passionfruit syrup and orange juice are a tangy addition to the Diplomatico Anejo rum, while the lime and mint make the drink feel appropriate for around noon. Eurydice is refreshingly unique with rosewater, spun rose sugar, Wild Cupreata Mexcal, lemon, and English Mead.
A childhood favorite reinvented, Foreign Cinema offers organic 'Pop Tarts' with raspberry or peach compote. If you're looking for a more sophisticated starter, the halibut tartare with avocado and citrus served with taro chips is delicious.
Balsamic fried eggs are a long standing item on the menu for good reason, the garlic-fingerling potato hash with the roasted summer chicories are extremely flavorful and add really great texture. Smoked salmon, with shaved fennel, dill-crème fraiche, salmon roe, and spelt toast is an unexpected dish for brunch but really well executed. The scrambles change seasonally, and yes the Heavenly Scramble is in fact heavenly. The Champagne Omelet is another example of impeccably cooked eggs served alongside potatoes and a small salad.
In the evenings, Foreign Cinema screens films onto a wall in the patio. You can check what movie is playing on their website ahead of time. They show a variety of films from Ratatouille to Dead Poet's Society, and starting October 4th they'll be screening Cabaret. Make a reservation in advance to ensure a good table if you're interested in watching the film. Foreign Cinema offers great food and a beautiful atmosphere, securing their spot as one of San Francisco's best brunch destinations.