True wild Alaska cod, they said, and just to be sure we compared it, on the plate, with a frozen fillet alleged to be the same, bought from the local Trader Joe. The fresh was better — firmer, flakier, with a cleaner flavor. But the frozen was nearly as good on the palate, if a teeny bit slimy on the tooth.
Cook floured the fish and cooked it in browned butter, meunière style (though without the parsley, she noted), and served it with a quarter lemon and a side of frozen green peas. A delicious light supper.
Green salad afterward, and ice cream with chocolate sauce, and a tangerine.
I SHOULD MENTION our breakfast, in a Berkeley café we quite like. It has, I think, the best coffee in Berkeley. I was content with some buttered Acme levain toast, with a bit of marmalade, to go with mine.
•Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar, 1603 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley; 510-524-2473