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oakland veggie girl | Jun 20, 200402:27 AM     1

Yum! I just had dinner at Le Theatre in downtown Berkeley and it was the best meal I've had in the Bay Area this month (definitely better than Masa's veggie menu). I'm going out of town next week for a few months :(, so friends have been taking me out this week (report on lunch at Cafe Cacao to come soon). Le Theatre was my absolute fave, and my carnivore friend adored his steak frites too! I had a simple garlic souffle served on a bed of artichoke reduction (I think) and another contrasting color sauce. It had the simple fresh taste of great cooking and high quality ingredients. The dish was paired with sauteed vegetables that tasted as if they had been served from a Paris bistro table. I believe there were fava beans, some artichoke, carrot perhaps, but all absolutely crisp, perfect and delicious. I had some of my friends frites and they may be the best I've had in the U.S.! If I had to pick one restaurant in the Bay to be a regular at, it would be Le Theatre (and when I get back, I may just do that!). We had the frozen coffee souffle for desert and at another restaurant I would have considered it very, very good, but it didn't match the absolute excellence of the savory food. It was a tall cylinder of frozen whipped egg, cream and coffee and the frozen creaminess was so rich, the coffee flavor was bland in comparison. It was nice, but not extraordinary. It sat on chocolate crumbs, which were lovely, and a pool of rich chocolate sauce which was magnificent (I wish there had been more of that sauce!). I'm curious about if other deserts are better, or if that's a compartively weak point for them.

The service was warm and friendly, without being intrusive, and they decor is cozy, but quite comfortable. Highly, highly recommended. How have others' experiences been?

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