Chez Panisse, Berkeley

A culinary landmark.

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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
http://www.chezpanisse.com/

Bouchon Santa Barbara

Went on a brief trip to Santa Barbara back in 2014 (I know, it’s been a while) and found this beautiful place!

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Bread and butter to start.  Served warm, as it should be.DSCF0842

 

The Market Salad was good.  Fennel, herbed chevre, almonds, and a fennel vinaigrette.DSCF0844

 

The Market Soup was perfect for the season, but I don’t think I care much about summer squash puree.DSCF0845

 

The rack of lamb was really good.  I recommend it.DSCF0851

 

The sea bass tasted a lot better than it looks.DSCF0854

 

And service was good, as it should be.DSCF0847

 

Bouchon, 9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
http://www.bouchonsantabarbara.com