To me, Bar Jules epitomizes the neighborhood restaurant: cozy dining room, friendly service, casual menu, and simple dishes.

The 5-year-old restaurant on the edge of the popular Hayes Valley continues to draw a crowd, and its quaint and bright surrounding makes it a perfect setting for brunch. A sign of its popularity, when I visited for brunch last weekend with my friend Craig, we got there when the doors opened at 11 a.m. and there were already a crowd of people waiting to get in.

The open and tiny space fills up quickly

The open and tiny space fills up quickly

We flowed in with the rest of the crowd to easily fill the tiny restaurant, still brightly colored in the distinctive turquoise blue that I remember when I first visited. The menu highlights seasonal ingredients, so it changes regularly, which is why you just look at the chalkboard for the day’s plates instead of a printed menu.

Simple and Fresh
Bar Jules have developed a following because of its simple and fresh plates of food — no fancy ingredients, no crazy plating. A perfect example is Craig’s order of scrambled eggs with black trumpet mushrooms, prosciutto toast and arugula salad ($17).

My order maybe sounded like the most complicated, but definitely said breakfast. It was a plate of baked eggs with braised pork, broccoli di riccio and new potatoes ($17). Unfortunately, my order seemed to be suffering from water moisture that my guess came from the greens. That moisture made the braised pork a bit bland, and the soft cooked baked eggs were a bit squiggly in the whites.

The Last Bite
While still a cute spot for dining, Bar Jules still suffers from kitchen execution issues that I felt when I first visited many years ago. On paper the ingredients and dishes sound enticing, but the taste tend to be mild and restrained (and in my case, washed out), which doesn’t necessarily create a lot of memorable bites.

Rating: 2 out of 4 camera snaps
2-snaps

 

Bar Jules, 609 Hayes Ave., San Francisco. PH: 415.621.5482. Open lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Major credit cards accepted. Reservations only accepted for dinner. www.barjules.com

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Large chalkboards display the daily menu

Large chalkboards display the daily menu

Baked eggs with braised pork, brocolli di riccolo, and new potatoes ($17)

Baked eggs with braised pork, broccoli di riccio, and new potatoes ($17)

Prosecco with blood orange juice is a nice brunch alternative to the mimosa

Prosecco with blood orange juice is a nice brunch alternative to the mimosa

A large spray of spring blossoms is a focal point at the bar

A large spray of spring blossoms is a focal point at the bar

Scrambled eggs with prosciutto toast and arugula salad ($17) (Note: Craig's eggs might look plain because he requested them with whites only)

Scrambled eggs with prosciutto toast and arugula salad ($17) (Note: Craig’s eggs might look plain because he requested them with whites only)

Bar Jules has a fun decor and still draws the crowds after five years

Bar Jules has a fun decor and still draws the crowds after five years

 

3 Responses to Return Review of Bar Jules in San Francisco

  1. hungry dog says:

    I know this spot! We go for lunch/brunch once in awhile. I like the vibe and we especially enjoy sitting at the bar so we can watch the kitchen action. I think the food is good, but I do sometimes wish the menu was a little bigger. Depending on how fussy I am feeling, sometimes I want more choices! :)

    • Ben Ben says:

      I definitely think the vibe and setting are more fun than the food, although the food is good (just not amazing).

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    Bland braised pork? Now, that’s a mighty shame — especially because your photo makes it look so tantalizing, too.

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