Saturday, January 26, 2008

Lovely Lunch at Chez Panisse Cafe, Berkeley, CA

Our birthdays are 3 days apart and so this year we decided not to do presents, but to treat ourselves to a weekend of eating in Napa. To start, however, we stopped at Chez Panisse for a totally wonderful start to our weekend o' eating.

Sardine, Grapefruit and Orange Salad $9
This salad was refreshing and perfectly salted. All of the ingredients shined on their own and worked well together.

Green Garlic and Semolina Soup $8
Flavorful and smooth. Very warming.

Duck Leg with Cabbage and Baby Turnips $19
Wow. This was incredible. I think that this dish really embodies the Alice Waters style. The ingredients are simple and humble, yet the dish is complex and mouth-wateringly delicious.

Pizzeta $13
The flavors were good, but, truth be told, the crust was a bit soggy.

Food: 2
Decor: 3
Service: 2

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California 94709

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