Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beef in the Café

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Berkeley, California, June 11, 2016—

IT IS A PARTICULARLY bad photo this time; I know that; I must have been excited at having beefsteak two nights running.

This one was cooked so beautifully: a sirloin roast, grilled and sliced, with potato gratin with sorrel, and with snap peas and spinach, and the beef slices treated to a tapenade garnish. Truly delicious.

Before it, roasted tomato bisque with a calligraphy of crème fraîche and a sprinkling of chopped chives: smooth, fruity, and teasing.

Afterward, apricot galette, with noyau ice cream. Fine pastry; marvelous apricots; superb ice cream.

Cheverny Blanc, Domaine Bellier (Loire), 2015: nicely balanced once accompanying food. Beaujolais, Chateau Cambon, 2014: simple, mature but still fruity, balanced

•Café Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley; 510-848-4425

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