After the most disappointing dinner of my life, I really wanted to redeem the rest of the trip. Luckily, I was able to snag a last minute reservation at another bucket list item restaurant - Chez Panisse. Obviously I didn't learn from the day before's experience because I was immediately excited and my expectations were high. This time though, everything worked out!
The menu changes daily, which is fantastic. Alice Waters was a big pioneer of the farm to table movement in California and it really showed in her dishes. Plus, the restaurant itself is adorable!
Acme bread for the table
Blue Heron Farm Little Gems lettuce with green goddess dressing and radishes
local halibut tartare with shaved spring vegetables, Belgian endive and citrus vinagrette
fazzoletti pasta with basil pesto and cherry tomatoes
grilled Liberty Farm duck breast with fried new potatoes, sweet peas and sauce hachée
bittersweet chocolate pavé with stracciatella ice cream and caramel sauce
apricot galette with vanilla ice cream
I can't rave enough about the meal I had here. THIS is exactly how duck should have been done at Ad Lib ... soft, tender and perfectly medium rare. I think it was the best duck I've ever had, which only served to enrage me more about the previous night's dinner. If you get the chance, definitely go to Chez Panisse ... SO GOOD.
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkley, CA 94709