Monday, February 10, 2014

Eat in Berkeley: Le Bateau Ivre

Escargots Sautes Au Pernod: six snails sautéed in butter, garlic, and herbs, and flambéed with Pernod

Fromage en Croute: French goat cheese baked in puff pastry with basil and walnut, served with roasted red pepper sauce

Plat du Jour: grilled veal t-bone chop with garlic mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and mushroom sauce

Filet Mignon Bordelaise: prime filet mignon, served with a Merlot and mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, and watercress


A couple of weeks ago, I won a $25 gift certificate from Visit Berkeley to try a restaurant of my choice during Berkeley Restaurant Week. I chose to visit Le Bateau Ivre, or The Drunken Boat, a charming café and restaurant located on Telegraph and Carleton in South Berkeley. This is a place I've passed by for years, always wondering what delicious French food is offered within.

With my favorite dinner companion in tow, I had a hearty meal of French cuisine that I would gladly repeat. We started off with a couple of appetizers: the escargots and the Fromage en Croute. The escargots were cooked in butter, garlic, and herbs and were made to perfection. The puff pastry was stuffed with rich goat cheese and served with tomatoes and lettuce, which balanced the strong flavor of the cheese nicely.

For the main course, I order the filet mignon. Contrary to what the photos above suggest, it was one of the best filet mignons I've ever tried. It was made just like I like it and came with a side of buttery mashed potatoes. The steak was served with a Merlot and mushroom sauce that complemented it impeccably.

Le Bateau Ivre also has a café that serves baked goods and coffee, if you're looking for an after dinner treat. They also have breakfast, lunch, and brunch depending on the day of the week. Basically, whatever meal you're craving, Le Bateau Ivre's the place to try.

Le Bateau Ivre
2629 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

Breakfast: Tuesday - Friday 9 - 11:30
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 9 - 2:30
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30 - 2:30
Dinner: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 5 - 9:30, Friday - Saturday 5 - 10:30

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