"Have you seen the moon?" Mr. Food Musings asked me one night a few weeks ago. I put down my glass of merlot (Miles be damned!) to peer around the gauzy white tent we were sitting beneath. I couldn't see a thing. "I can't see a thing," I admitted. And with that, Mr. FM grabbed my hand and led me around the corner. And there it was, a big fat yellow moon hanging so low in the sky it almost nicked the housetops in Bernal Heights. "Can you believe this view?" he asked, a note of awe creeping into his voice. Mr. FM is a sucker for a beautiful view.
We were having drinks at Medjool with some friends. Located right next to the Mission's favorite eatery-cum-cinema stands this Middle Eastern-slash-Mediterranean restaurant. I would never have guessed that a place stuck in the Mission would have such striking views, but from the rooftop (where you can get drinks and nibbles, if you have cash in your pocket -- they don't take credit cards) you have an unsurpassed, 360 degree view of the City.
Tables are set along the roof's edge, as well as underneath the aforementioned tent. Heat lamps keep you warm in the early evening when the wind is likely to whip around, but once it dies down you can take off your jackets and sip in style. A grill in one corner turns out kebabs -- chicken with almond-pomegranate sauce, or mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and squash stacked on a skewer and drizzled with yogurt sauce, or even lamb (which we didn't try). Hummus comes with warm pita triangles (as it should) or there's mushroom bruschetta on small rounds of bread. The food is fine, nothing out of this world, and possibly not a reflection on the restaurant downstairs, which has a much more extensive menu.
They're open for brunch, and the next time I have friends in town or it's a nice sunny Sunday, I know where I'm heading. If you miss the entrance to the roof, look again. Though advertised by a sign, its separate entrance is coyly hidden just to the left of the main door.
Medjool, San Francisco, 2522 Mission Street, 415-550-9055