We’ve been hearing for months about this nice and healthy French restaurant coming to the UN Plaza called Mirtille. And we’ve also been seeing the works happening at their gorgeous space on McAllister right behind the Art Institute of California where this mural is located. We’ve all been waiting with anticipation, as the space has been empty for a long time, as least since I moved to San Francisco in 2007 (except for Jane Kim’s campaign headquarters last year).

Yesterday, as reported on their Facebook page and in a number of food blogs, the opening finally. And naturally, we had to pop in and take a look. We were in a hurry, so we couldn’t eat anything although all the food they had ready to go looked really good. Still, we took a few pictures for your enjoyment and asked a few questions to the husband and wife owners.

When we commented on how nice the interior design has turned out, Isabelle told us that she wanted a place with a purple color theme, as she really likes that color, so that’s why she named the place Mirtille which means blueberry in French (spelled Myrtille, but apparently there’s already a restaurant named that). She also mentioned that they looked at several places around the city, and they almost took one in the Financial District, but they ended up choosing this place because they fell in love with the big, light windows. And also, being French, they really wanted outdoor seating. So the good news are that in a couple of weeks they should be having a few tables outside to enjoy your organic salads, sandwiches and other French goodies.

We were there for only five minutes and, although there was only one person sitting down, we were surprised to see already a bunch several coming in to buy coffee, sweets or salads to go. We really liked the place and we’re hoping to go back soon to try their food. In the meantime, we wish them the best of luck. And as always, let us know your impressions.