Commis

★★★★★
  • 3859 Piedmont Ave

    Oakland, CA 94611

    Cross street: at Rio Vista

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  • 510-653-3902

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Even if you hate driving to Oakland, much less going over the Bay Bridge, GO. Just go across the bridge to Commis. The value for what you get is the most perfectly aligned that you can get ... even if you're driving from SF as we were.

According to a nytimes interview, James Syhabout , the chef at Commis, was influenced L'Astrance in Paris, which we've eaten at. You can tell what he's striving for: elegance with a personal touch, his personal touch. For sure the elegance comes out in the silverware/plateware and the dishes, as well as the appearance of tranquility in the kitchen. I'm not going to compare L'Astrance to Commis, but I will say they essence was similar. Michael Bauer found this place pretentious, but he also thinks Star Belly has good pizza...point being, I tend to ignore Bauer as it's clear he's slipping.

The staff is eager and friendly. The wine pairings are not over the top and showy, but spot on. we went friday night, yes after Thanksgiving, and were greeted with a couple of unique and lovely amuse bouches.

What delighted us:
the shiso soda. fresh, different and refreshing.

What we found wonderfully seductive:
the hen's egg yolk [isn't it always a hen's egg...I mean, roosters can't lay eggs] in a onion cream soup.

What blew my mind:
the kale soup with beans. amazing. amazing amazing. technically perfect, beautiful presentation. well balanced. one of my favorite flavors of the evening.

My dining partner in crime ordered the pork loin and pork belly, which was scrumptious. The best pork belly I've had.

I had the cod poached in olive oil and citron consumme with clams. This is the only part of the meal i'd say was 4 YELP stars, because there were three bites of my dish with grit from the clams. Because this dish was so subtle and lite in texture, the gritty bites really rocked the whole dish. I have to mention it.

The dessert was fine. I ordered a simple blue cheese plate. Gotta note the bread served throughout the meal. Very good, the pastry chef definitely left his mark on that. Was almost like brioche, but not as rich.

When we left, the sommelier/hostess was busy seating folks in the back, but one of the chefs noticed us leaving and said goodnight, which was very sweet and attentive. I'd go back again. the price was right and the ride back to the city was a mere 20 minutes, door to door.

Might try to keep a visit once/month....

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★★★★★

Even if you hate driving to Oakland, much less going over the Bay Bridge, GO. Just go across the bridge to Commis. The value for what you get is the most perfectly aligned that you can get ... even if you're driving from SF as we were.

According to a nytimes interview, James Syhabout , the chef at Commis, was influenced L'Astrance in Paris, which we've eaten at. You can tell what he's striving for: elegance with a personal touch, his personal touch. For sure the elegance comes out in the silverware/plateware and the dishes, as well as the appearance of tranquility in the kitchen. I'm not going to compare L'Astrance to Commis, but I will say they essence was similar. Michael Bauer found this place pretentious, but he also thinks Star Belly has good pizza...point being, I tend to ignore Bauer as it's clear he's slipping.

The staff is eager and friendly. The wine pairings are not over the top and showy, but spot on. we went friday night, yes after Thanksgiving, and were greeted with a couple of unique and lovely amuse bouches.

What delighted us:
the shiso soda. fresh, different and refreshing.

What we found wonderfully seductive:
the hen's egg yolk [isn't it always a hen's egg...I mean, roosters can't lay eggs] in a onion cream soup.

What blew my mind:
the kale soup with beans. amazing. amazing amazing. technically perfect, beautiful presentation. well balanced. one of my favorite flavors of the evening.

My dining partner in crime ordered the pork loin and pork belly, which was scrumptious. The best pork belly I've had.

I had the cod poached in olive oil and citron consumme with clams. This is the only part of the meal i'd say was 4 YELP stars, because there were three bites of my dish with grit from the clams. Because this dish was so subtle and lite in texture, the gritty bites really rocked the whole dish. I have to mention it.

The dessert was fine. I ordered a simple blue cheese plate. Gotta note the bread served throughout the meal. Very good, the pastry chef definitely left his mark on that. Was almost like brioche, but not as rich.

When we left, the sommelier/hostess was busy seating folks in the back, but one of the chefs noticed us leaving and said goodnight, which was very sweet and attentive. I'd go back again. the price was right and the ride back to the city was a mere 20 minutes, door to door.

Might try to keep a visit once/month....

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Ok, I know Commis is Michelin rated...but they lost me on the dessert...

I went there with a date on Christmas Eve;

The prefixed menu was lovely. The food was amazing and the staff were just attentive enough. The lemongrass soda was

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Ok, I know Commis is Michelin rated...but they lost me on the dessert...

I went there with a date on Christmas Eve;

The prefixed menu was lovely. The food was amazing and the staff were just attentive enough. The lemongrass soda was

Pros: Lovely wine pairings, buffalo on the menu

Cons: Dessert was so-so, Dining room was a little bit cold

Editorial from

James Syhabout (formerly of Manresa) prepares seasonal California cuisine. Dishes have included poached mussels with crisp okra, squab roasted on the bone, and goat cheesecake Bavarian with Black Mission figs, balsamic and lime-honey. A…

 

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