Occupation: Foundation Executive
Location: El Cerrito
Favorite Restaurant: Bistro Liaison
Reviewed Bistro Liaison: Thursday, January 2, 2014
If you are nostalgic for an authentic French bistro, Bistro Liaison in Downtown Berkeley is the place. The restaurant opened in 2001 and quickly became a destination for Francophiles because of the food (“French soul food”) and the passionate approach to French cooking by chef Todd Kniess. Chef Kniess trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y. and held various apprenticeships, working his way up to Chef de Cuisine before opening Bistro Liaison.
The food is authentic French, seasonal, and encompassing many regions of France. Because all dishes are prepared with great care, it is hard to designate any signature dishes. The overall result is a wonderful tasting experience. There were five of us dining and we had the opportunity to savor several dishes, such as Tarte Flambee, Salade de Chevre, Bouillabaisse, Truite Amandine, Porc a la Normande, Boeuf Bourguignon and Ile Flottante. It was a true symphony of flavors. The server skillfully described the specials, answered questions about the menu and made recommendations. The service was smooth and well timed.
This French Bistro is a great value for a French restaurant and I recommend it enthusiastically and plan to visit it often in the future as I have in the past.
Occupation: San Francisco Firefighter
Location: San Francisco
Favorite Restaurant: Capo's
Reviewed Bistro Liaison: Monday, January 6, 2014