Had dinner upstairs last night for the first time in a while. I was a little concerned given mixed reports this year, but everything was solid as usual. A note on the menu said it was "inspired by Larousse Gastronomique."
Petite aïoli: marinated beets, romanesco, cardoons, haddock, and green garlic Mayonnaise, $10.00
The salt-cod-style haddock was a little too salty, otherwise lovely. Wish I knew where to get such nice cardoons.
Salade alsacienne: sauerkraut and potato salad with pork and pistachio sausage, $10.00
Probably wouldn't have ordered if I'd known it was cold, but delicious. Not really a salad.
Beignets dhuîtres: fried oysters with red cabbage salad, roasted potatoes, and rémoulade sauce, $19.00
Spectacular, best fried oysters I've had in years. The warm cabbage and carrot salad was also stunning, I make a similar dish at home but this was superior. Maybe I should look up the recipe in Larousse.
Grilled merguez sausages with couscous, chickpeas, harissa, and chermoula, $24.00
Really good. Nice balance of flavors and textures.
Finished with an excellent simple cheese plate.
Drank a lovely Heidi Schrock dry Muscat and whatever that Morgon is that Kermit brings in.
Chez Panisse Cafe
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709