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Gregoire and Cheeseboard report

HJ | Feb 26, 2006 04:02 PM

Thank you to all the wonderful recommendations as my wife and I took advantage of the gorgeous day yesterday and made the special trek to the east bay.

We arrived on Shattuck street just a little past noon and had a hard time finding parking. Finally we found a spot on the street and trekked down to Gregoire.

As recommended, we ordered the potato puffs, grilled chicken with pesto wrapped in lavash, and a small bottle of french limonade to share.

The puffs came out piping hot, although it was delicious, it is quite heavy and we could not finish the whole order. I didn't really care for the aioli that came with it as it was a bit too oily for my taste.

The chicken lavash was delicious. A perfect example of how simple food prepared to perfection can be the most wonderful dish (see Chez Panisse).

Next, with our stomach full, we walked down the block to Cheeseboard, only to pass by dozens of people waiting in line for their pizza.

As we entered cheeseboard, we went straight for the playing cards numbers to get our place in line. We have decided that we wanted a soft cheese, a hard cheese and a blue.

Finally, after about 15 minutes, our number was called and we were ready for our tasting adventure. We started out with the soft cheese. We asked for recommendations indicating that brie de meoux was one of our favorite soft. The counter person brought out one cheese (which name I forgot) but we thought it was too strong. He then let us taste a camembert which we thought was quite nice and got half a wheel.

For the hard cheese, we tasted the istara and the prima donna. Both were heavenly and we finally decided on the Istara vowing to get the prima donna the next time we come.

Finally came the blue, our favorite. We tasted Neal's yard stilton, windsor blue, blues des basques. We ended with the windsor blue. It is absolutely creamy and it is the most delicious blue we ever tried.

Once again, thank you for the recommendations. We had a blast.

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