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Great China

By   /  April 8, 2014  /  Restaurants, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

The Peking duck pilgrimage to Berkeley begins again with the re-opening of Great China, the beloved, 28-year-old northern Chinese restaurant that closed after a fire in 2012. Finally the restaurant has started serving again in new quarters, a sleek, architect-designed space on the corner of Bancroft and Oxford, a block from the old place. Everything [...]

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Chez Panisse Downstairs

By   /  February 1, 2013  /  Restaurants  /  2 Comments

A revolution of sorts swept though the bastion of California cooking when long time chefs Jean-Pierre Moulle and David Tanis left their alternating bi-annual posts of downstairs dining room chef at Chez Panisse.  Many of the restaurant’s loyal patrons–the Chez Panisse family–were concerned. Jean-Pierre Moulle, a 37 year veteran, represented the institutional memory of the [...]

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Ippuku

By   /  April 24, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  2 Comments

Japanese barmen milk shochu from a long overhead rack of upside down bottles, at the front of Ippuku, the authentic yakitori in Berkeley. They squirt 50 proof barley, rice and sweet potato liquors into frosty glasses and   concoct cocktails with the vodka-like liquor, citrus, ginger and spritzer over ice. They purposely over pour cold, artisan [...]

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