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Chez Panisse 2012

Robert Lauriston | | Apr 22, 2012 11:09 AM

Went on impulse last Tuesday because the menu was so appealing.

Started with a 2002 Chidane Montlouis, can't remember if it was the Tuffeaux or the Habert. Lovely.

Amuse was a generous serving of little local Delta grass shrimp fried whole. These were fantastic, crunchy with a slight funkiness like Chinese dried shrimp. I wish I knew how to get some. (Old Chronicle article on how CP and other local restaurants source shrimp: <

Spring vegetable salad with coriander vinaigrette, great mix of raw and cooked, baby turnips were particularly nice.

Hand-cut noodles with Georgia shrimp, fresh porcini, leeks, and peas, this was just great. The shrimp were delicate, pale, and sweet, at the opposite end of the spectrum from the ones in the amuse.

Grilled rack, loin, and leg of Trish Elliot Ranch lamb with Lucques olives, cardoon gratin, and wilted greens, excellent. Since the preparation sounded pretty rustic I got a Siguier 2009 Cahors, went very nicely.

Rhubarb galette with Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise ice cream, perfect.

This was as classic a Chez Panisse meal as you could ask for.

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