Plainly popular with the locals and my gourmand friends who took me there, this restaurant is small and cosy with windows looking out over their well tended garden. Apparently they used to have local wildlife come in and eat prior to the cats until the neighbours complained; a nice illustration of “be careful what you wish for” - I know which I’d prefer to see when eating dinner.
We all had Dungeness crab bisque, which was velvety smooth and a perfectly good bisque. Not the thing to order if you want to find out what Dungeness crab tastes like but a great starter. The cheese soufflé was the size of a muffin and served on a bed of salad. The cassoulet was very good (it was recommended loudly as soon as we arrived by a diner at the next table who was obviously very satisfied with it). It was served on a plate in much the same plating style as all the other dishes as though the chef had only one method of plating the food regardless of the dish. Rather than the meats being mixed into the beans, the duck confit, sausage and speck equivalent were laid side by side on top of the bean and vegetable stew, which lead to a rather restrained flavor for the whole. Wine was available by the glass, including Californian and French wines. Bread was a sour dough and quite nice and service was very good. Place full of Berkeley regulars so they are obviously doing something right.
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