Chez Panisse, Berkeley

A culinary landmark.



I went upstairs for the more casual cafe.20140809ChezPanisse0220140809ChezPanisse0320140809ChezPanisse0420140809ChezPanisse0520140809ChezPanisse06


Though known for focusing on quality ingredients, I thought the bread was rather standard.20140809ChezPanisse07


I think this might have been my favorite part of the meal!  Local halibut tartare with cucumbers, radishes, green coriander and ginger.20140809ChezPanisse08


I eventually tried to recreate a dish similar to this.  Baked andante dairy goat cheese with garden lettuces.20140809ChezPanisse09



The pasta was al dente!  Rigatoni with wild mushroom ragu.20140809ChezPanisse10



From this dish I realized I don’t particularly like nettles.  Grilled James Ranch lamb rack, leg, and loin with summer vegetable tian, nettles, amaranth, and tapenade.20140809ChezPanisse11


I had higher expectations for the panna cotta, but in the end it was fairly standard.  Buttermilk panna cotta with Lucero Farm strawberries and raspberries.20140809ChezPanisse12


This was better than expected.  August fire nectarine galette with lemon verbena ice cream.20140809ChezPanisse13


Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709


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