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Oh my – Vanessa's Bistro in Berkeley ... the Vietnamese/French Connection done right

rworange | Oct 10, 200604:54 AM

Wow. Top-notch food that is reasonably priced ... $21 bought

- Glass of sparkling wine
- Pumpkin/lemongrass bisque with puff pastry
- Chicken/shrimp claypot with bok choy and wild mushrooms

The bisque was deeply pumpkiny and matched nicely with the lemongrass. A light-puff pastry stick topped the bisque. Delicious.

The service really is a good as everyone says ... professional, helpful and warm. I asked which clay pot to choose and the server didn’t hesitate to recommend the less expensive dish. It was so good.

The wild mushrooms had been cooked in wine. The shrimp and chicken perfect. Baby bock choy and onions chopped up in easy to eat pieces. Crispy bits of rice clinging to the sides of the clay pot. Somehow butter was involved in al this. Absolutely excellent.

On chilly night with the fog creeping across the bay, the food and the service were soul-warming.

Vanessa's Bistro
1715 Solano Ave
Berkeley, Ca

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