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New addition to the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto: Grégoire

garçon | Jul 5, 200208:40 PM

Opened only last week. It's a nice, airy small counter with two benches outside on Cedar off Shattuck (just up the street from ChaAm and Dara.)

Grégoire, the friendly chef-owner, offers many sandwiches for lunch and a choice of main courses for dinner, many off the grill. The dinner menu changes monthly. Here are some dinner entries for july: grilled prawns, salmon in creamy sauce, scallops in potato crust, grilled pork ribs, Korean-style short ribs, grilled lamb chops provençale, grilled marinated portobello.

He also offers four types of potato side dishes: frites, potato puffs (most likely pommes dauphine), roasted or "nuggets".

I haven't had a chance to try an entrée or a sandwich, but the "baked apple fold", a sort of elongated chausson aux pommes (a mainstay in French bakeries) or apple turnover, was very good.

It seems that the chef, Grégoire, is very tuned to the American palate; the menu is American with a strong French accent. The apple fold for instance had some cinnamon in it (not typically French) but lightly so.

I have a feeling Grégoire is going to be a neighborhood mainstay. It's a Franco-American version of the Kitchen Counter (?) one block above it on Vine (though Grégoire's prices are a bit higher.)

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