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CURRANT American Brasserie Restaurant Review: Located inside the stylish yet affordable Sophia Hotel, CURRANT has a cozy atmosphere; its brasserie theme is successful, and small touches like mix-and-match plates, checkerboard flooring, offbeat chandeliers and bread in paper sacks are charming, never kitschy. Chef Walter Manikowski's menu includes such starters as strawberry and tomato bruschetta and calamari fritta. We suggest the chef’s reinterpretations of French classics such as onion soup gratinée and moules frites. Among other entrées are the fork-tender Muscovy duck leg confit (with Marsala lentils, dried cherries and Brussels sprouts) and the grilled Brandt beef rib-eye with truffle butter. Save room (and time) for the light and airy Grand Marnier soufflé. The "absinthe minded" cocktail menu that features elixirs like the Van Gogh won't let you forget your night here. The wine list, although a bit limited, proposes mostly California wines, including a few gems. Brunch showcases croque madame sandwiches, brioche french toast and hanger steak and eggs with wild mushrooms. Service is attentive.