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Cafe Rouge [Berkeley]

Robert Lauriston | Dec 15, 2012 01:37 PM

I've been going to Cafe Rouge more since the food at T-Rex went downhill. Not that the two were ever all that similar but they were both good places to satisfy a craving for meat and ample portions of good vegetables.

There are usually tables for walk-ins, especially after 8, so it has become our default place to go without planning ahead. Service, which used to be erratic, has been consistently good (no turnover in a while) and the appetizers, which used to be hit and miss, are on the same level as the mains.

Last night I had a great lamb brochette with the liver and some marinated grilled chanterelles, just a spectacular combination. Also had an excellent cassoulet. Tasted a delicious beet, leek, and goat cheese gratin and a good bourride.

It seemed a little odd that on such a wet and chilly night only three out of around ten appetizers were hot.

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