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La Rose, Berkeley - go now!

mcchowhound | Jan 5, 200410:55 AM

Based on the post from Gordon Wing, my son and I tried La Rose on Friday night. I thought it was amazing! We shared crab cakes to start. The presentation was a little on the late 90's "architectural food" side, but the taste was spectacular - crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and beautifully flavored by the building materials.

We had duck confit and lamb shanks as main courses, both also terrific - the essence of duck flavor and the essence of lamb flavor. For dessert we shared bananas Foster - an odd choice, but a perfect presentation. All in all $88 for two with a good bottle of Rabbit Ridge.

The room looked like the sort of "French" restaurant you'd find in parts of Asia - fake Watteau murals on the wall, muted colors but like nothing you'd actually find in Europe. It was more than half empty at 7:30 on a Friday night, and about half of the people there appeared to be friends or relatives of the staff. The one concern I had about the experience was that it might be hard for the kitchen to step up the pace when the room is substantially busier.

For the moment, though, it's perfect. This is the time to go - this will be among the most popular restaurants in Berkeley when - as it inevitably will - word gets out.

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