If you’re interested in getting your kids exposed to foreign cultures, there are two ways we can help you. You can consider sending your children to learn foreign languages with Footsteps Child Care or culinary camp with the Mei Jia Chinese Learning Center. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can also check out a family friendly restaurant called Foreign Cinema.
When I visited San Francisco last summer, I asked my local friends to give me a few restaurant suggestions. It wasn’t my first time visiting, so I had already been to some touristy destinations. I wanted to get suggestions for some fun, local attractions. My friend suggested for us to go to a movie and dinner place called Foreign Cinema, and called it one of the best restaurants in San Francisco.
We made a reservation for the patio seating area, to have good seats for the movie (they project their movies onto their white brick wall outdoors). Walking in through a long hallway, the decorations were classy and homey at the same time.
We ordered oysters and the arugula fig salad for starters. The salad was good, but the oysters really stole the spotlight– they were fresh and delicious!
For entrees, I had the peppercorn duck breast with sautéed peaches, rose endive, and summer cauliflower puree. She had the Sesame fried chicken, zucchini & spinach, sage & sea salt biscuit, honey, sultanas. Both entrees were delicious—I was in love with my duck. The meat was tender and juicy, as I had ordered it “medium rare”, and the peaches were a great way to bring out the flavor! Lastly, we split a ginger creme brulee that had caught my attention in the menu.
In between our meal, we watched the film that was playing (I think it was Jiro Dreams of Sushi?). You can choose to completely focus on the movie, or turn down the volume a bit and have it play in the background.
This was really a wonderful trip for me. In the tables around me, the customers ranged from families with small children to a couple on their 25th anniversary.
All in all,
Pros: The food was delicious and creatively cooked in a Californian/Mediterranean style. The ambiance is amazing and can be romantic and family-friendly. Foreign films playing in the background add to the atmosphere!
Cons: The food is on the pricey side, and the service was a bit slow since we went on a crowded night, but if you’re not in a rush and you’re with friends, then it’s just more time to enjoy the company!
I’ve heard that the brunch food is even better than the dinner menu, so when I next get a chance I will definitely go to brunch there. Foreign Cinema becomes more of a kid friendly restaurant for brunch, so bring your kids to brunch or your date to dinner! If you do go to Foreign Cinema, let me know what dishes you liked, how the brunch was, and how it compares to other San Francisco restaurants! I’m excited to go again.