September 7, 2005

Dinner at Chez Panisse

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I'm not much of a fancy eater. I typically don't eat very many fancy foods, just the occasional fancy meal here and there, so what I am about to say might not count for much. I think the meal I had Thursday night at Chez Panisse in Berkeley was the best meal I've ever had. That's right, the best meal I've ever had. But really, what do I have to compare it to? I'm not sure what the fanciest place I've ever eaten at is and I've never been to the vaunted restaurants of New York (it's just not my scene). Then again, I'm not saying that Chez Panisse is the best restaurant in the world, it just happened to serve me the best meal I've ever had.

On the menu for September 1st was:

White gazpacho with almonds, grapes, figs, and jamon serrano
Shrimp and squid paella with quid ink sauce and allioli
Loin of Laughing Stock Farm piglet with summer vegetables baked in the coals
Ricotta fritters with warm honey and Indian Red peaches

The shrimp and squid paella might have been the best single dish - and easily best rice dish - I've had in my life (and this includes my love for Peter Luger steak). It had a smokey flavor that was outstanding and beyond delicious. I can't really describe it, but any description I give it wouldn't do it justice. Oh how I wish I could eat that paella over and over again.

Everything else was excellent as well. The gazpacho might have been the "worst" course of the meal, but it was by no means bad. I'm just not a huge gazpacho fan. Why? Because you don't make friends with salad, that's why. The pork was tender and tasty as well, but the coal baked vegetables were just okay. And the ricotta fritters were a perfect way to end the meal. I was very close to licking the honey off the plate during the dessert. I can't imagine that would have gone over well though.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Travel at 8:09 AM

 

 

yay!!!!!!
and no lamb!

Posted by: yp at September 7, 2005 10:20 AM

Sounds amazing, but Laughing Stock Farm piglet makes me a little sad.

Posted by: Jen at September 7, 2005 10:40 AM

May I ask how much a meal like that costs at Chez Panisse?

Posted by: Les at September 7, 2005 10:50 AM

the paella looks beyond delicious!

Posted by: joe at September 7, 2005 1:18 PM

les, it's listed on their website, but thursdays are $65 per person.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 8, 2005 12:53 AM

Hi tien. Always wanted to eat there. Glad to hear that it is was really good.

did you make it Zachary's in Berkeley?(the best pizza in the world (i.e. better than NY or chicago pizza) (I know I'm gonna get sh*t for that one, haha)

Posted by: yvan at September 9, 2005 12:22 PM

while i haven't been all over the world yet, chez panisse cafe has the best pizza in the world in my book

Posted by: wayne at April 17, 2006 5:36 PM

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