Update: This restaurant has closed. 🙁
Machka! It just sounds like it should be an exclamation to me. Not sure why that is. Machka is a small Mediterranean* restaurant in the FiDi** right across the street from the Pyramid Building. It has just a handful of tables in the narrow, brick-lined space, and a bar in one corner that serves wine and beer. Mom and sis took me here for lunch on my actual birthday (I was at work; it was awesome).
In the mezes section of the menu (kinda like Greek tapas), there are a variety of dishes you might expect — hummus, babaganoush, feta, falafel — and a few you may not — lamb tartar, grilled octopus, grilled smelts. They have a few salads, a handful of Durum (wraps), a few kebabs, and a half-dozen entrees. They’re open for lunch and dinner every day except for Sunday.
Our lunch was fun and yummy — we shared some hummus, each got a lunch entree, and shared a (super amazing) dessert. I’ll just start with the dessert since it was really the highlight. And because sometimes it’s fun to do things backwards.
This is the chocolate fondant, which is a fancy way of saying “molten chocolate cake” without sounding so Applebee’s. It was amazing. I was really excited to find a nearby place available to satiate any future chocolate emergencies which may occur. I would most certainly go back here just for this.
Before the fondant, we ate these things:
*I can now spell Mediterranean on the first try because of this blog! Knowledge is power!
**The super pretentious way of calling the Financial District in SF.