Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Gustatory Glee - part 2

Part two of Jon's present was lunch at Chez Panisse.

From wikipedia -
Chez Panisse is a Berkeley, California restaurant known as the birthplace of California cuisine, a style credited to its co-founder, Alice Waters.

The restaurant is located in the north Berkeley neighborhood known locally as the "Gourmet ghetto". Chez Panisse has been listed by Restaurant magazine from 2006 to 2008 as one of the top fifty restaurants in the world. In 2006 and 2007, Michelin awarded the restaurant a one-star rating in its guide to San Francisco Bay Area dining.

Needless to say, the Chez Panisse cafe lived up to it's stellar reputation, and even eclipsed A16 considerably. Unlike many other restaurants in the Bay Area that we've visited that state "We use sustainable and local products wherever possible", Chez Panisse states on their menu - "We use only local produce and sustainably raised or farmed products"

The appetizers that we selected included a rocket (a.k.a. arugula) salad with smoked duck breast and sauteed shallots, and green beans with basil, crème fraîche, and toasted hazlenuts. Both were excellent with the green beans winning for the perfect combination of flavor and texture.

Isaac and I had boudin blanc sausages which were cooked to perfection with a very mild, yet complex flavor. They were served with shoestring potatoes that were actually thinner than shoestrings and must have taken hours to prepare and seconds to fry.

Kerry had squid from Monterey Bay, which was ultra-fresh and lacked that rubbery texture of squid at most other establishments.

Lisa apparently hadn't had enough of Pizza and selected the leek, green olive, fontina pizza, which came close to rivaling her funghi selection from the night before.

Dessert at Chez Panisse was extremely yummy.
Burnt caramel ice cream with black mission figs and biscotti

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Mixed berry cobbler with almond ice cream
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Mocha cream puffs with espresso chocolate sauce
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Apricot sherbet with fresh raspberries and ginger snaps
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We had an excellent meal, and would like to Thank Jon Laws once again. Definitely two meals to remember for a long time.

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3698240571_fe23c214bb MDK-20090706-1227, originally uploaded by monkeydoc.

1 comment:

Isaac said...

What spectacular food!!! MMm.... I'm drooling thinking about it :D