La Fable, Berkeley
I love the name of this charming and unpretentious French bistro in the heart of the gourmet ghetto in Berkeley. It is located on Walnut Street, one block from Shattuck, in the crossroads of counter-culture (how can you escape it really in Berkeley?) and Alice Waters food aficionados. I met a friend there on a Sunday, and I enjoyed the French flair and the casual feel of the place. The servers spoke French, and the owners are French as well.
The food is simple and authentic. The breakfast menu looks impressive with all sorts of omelets. The dinner menu lists simple and hearty dishes like boeuf bourguignon (French beef stew served on top of mashed potatoes), filet mignon and an interesting choice of assiettes (plates of cheese, ham, sausages). I found the prices moderate – under $20 for a meat dish (plat principal) – not bad at all. I love that they offer 6 seafood dishes, from crabe sauce blanche (crab gratin with sautéed leeks in a creamy béchamel sauce) to Saint Jacques au caviar de choux fleur (seared scallops with garlic, coriander and tomato sauce served with cauliflower caviar). All seafood lovers would find these French recipes intriguing enough to try. Doesn’t it smell like La Bretagne to you?
La Fable is open all day from breakfast to dinner (closed tuesday) and even sells croissants, pains au chocolat, and macarons for desert. As you guessed from the picture, that is exactly what I had!
La Fable | 1508 Walnut Street, Berkeley | (510) 849-9995