O Chame

★★★★☆
  • 1830 4th St

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    Cross street: Near Hearst, Around Town

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  • 510-841-8783

About O Chame

Hours
Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm; Mon-Thurs 5:30-9pm; Fri-Sat 5:30-9:30pm

Food

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O Chame was recommended to us by a friend. When we got there it was surprisingly empty which rattled us a bit but at least the parking was easy. We tried several of the appetizers (Tempura was a favorite) and two Udon/Soba noodle combinations. The food was great and it was actually very nice having a restaurant to ourselves for a change.

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★★★★☆

O Chame was recommended to us by a friend. When we got there it was surprisingly empty which rattled us a bit but at least the parking was easy. We tried several of the appetizers (Tempura was a favorite) and two Udon/Soba noodle combinations. The food was great and it was actually very nice having a restaurant to ourselves for a change.

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It's a nice fusion of French and Japanese, and they have some really tasty and inspired appetizers--some of my favorites are the mushroom and lotus root, and the potato & root vegetable cakes -- they have an amazingly delicious sauce. Absolute highlight, aside from the appetizers, are the desserts, particularly the sherry custard and my favorite, the caramel balsamic gelato--a must-try.

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★★★★☆

It's a nice fusion of French and Japanese, and they have some really tasty and inspired appetizers--some of my favorites are the mushroom and lotus root, and the potato & root vegetable cakes -- they have an amazingly delicious sauce. Absolute highlight, aside from the appetizers, are the desserts, particularly the sherry custard and my favorite, the caramel balsamic gelato--a must-try.

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I've heard that Udon is pretty great at this restaurant and I went to check it out with a friend. We ordered salad with ahi tuna sashimi slices, green onion pancakes, and a bowl of pork udon to share. The Salad had a good balance of the (vinaigrette?) dressing that wentwell with the sashimi slices. The green onion pancakes were pretty bland by itself but, when you dip it in the (Miso vinaigrette?) sauce it was delicious! The Pork Udon was great, the noodles would just melt in my mouth, and the pork slices were seasoned just to my liking. The broth was light and flavorful but it take a side line when you compare it to the noodles. The waitress we had was great, she keep coming by refilling our drinks and was very friendly. Keep in mind this place is bit expensive compare to some other Japanese restaurant, since a bowl of Udon costs $12+ here but I think it?s worth it, awesome noodles. \r
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Ok so only downside to my experience at O Chame was when I went there with my friend it was pretty busy, so they took a bit of time to get my check at the end of our meal. I guess normally people would chat for some time after they eat, but we want to leave so that we can get some dessert at some other place.

2
★★★★★

I've heard that Udon is pretty great at this restaurant and I went to check it out with a friend. We ordered salad with ahi tuna sashimi slices, green onion pancakes, and a bowl of pork udon to share. The Salad had a good balance of the (vinaigrette?) dressing that wentwell with the sashimi slices. The green onion pancakes were pretty bland by itself but, when you dip it in the (Miso vinaigrette?) sauce it was delicious! The Pork Udon was great, the noodles would just melt in my mouth, and the pork slices were seasoned just to my liking. The broth was light and flavorful but it take a side line when you compare it to the noodles. The waitress we had was great, she keep coming by refilling our drinks and was very friendly. Keep in mind this place is bit expensive compare to some other Japanese restaurant, since a bowl of Udon costs $12+ here but I think it?s worth it, awesome noodles. \r
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Ok so only downside to my experience at O Chame was when I went there with my friend it was pretty busy, so they took a bit of time to get my check at the end of our meal. I guess normally people would chat for some time after they eat, but we want to leave so that we can get some dessert at some other place.

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I don't like the chairs here because, well, I slouch and these chairs make me feel like I'm leaning forward. The food is good. The noodles are the main attraction. To me, it's not really traditional style. If it was, I would rate it lower. Since it's not, it moves higher. Anyway, both the udon and soba noodles are nice and fresh. The broth is lighter than most, almost to the point of not being flavorful enough. But only almost. I've had the udon with shrimp which I wasn't a big fan of. The pork and beef offerings are much better.

2
★★★★☆

I don't like the chairs here because, well, I slouch and these chairs make me feel like I'm leaning forward. The food is good. The noodles are the main attraction. To me, it's not really traditional style. If it was, I would rate it lower. Since it's not, it moves higher. Anyway, both the udon and soba noodles are nice and fresh. The broth is lighter than most, almost to the point of not being flavorful enough. But only almost. I've had the udon with shrimp which I wasn't a big fan of. The pork and beef offerings are much better.

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Friendly and professional service, a true Berkeley treasure.\r
The food is so clean and delicious. Menu offers amazing flavors without being busy.\r
Comfortable setting.\r
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★★★★★

Friendly and professional service, a true Berkeley treasure.\r
The food is so clean and delicious. Menu offers amazing flavors without being busy.\r
Comfortable setting.\r
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Pros: try the balsamic ice cream

Cons: can't think of any

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O Chame takes the simplicity of Japanese favorites and adds a twist by injecting ""Calfornia cuisine"" concepts. The desired result is that traditional favorites are supposed to be elevated by the use of fancy sounding ingredients. The reality is that you get overpriced food that isn't Japanese enough to be satisfying for those who appreciate good Japanese food and bland/not different enough to be interesting. Add the high prices for very small portions and you get a disappointing experience. At least the decor is nice.

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★☆☆☆☆

O Chame takes the simplicity of Japanese favorites and adds a twist by injecting ""Calfornia cuisine"" concepts. The desired result is that traditional favorites are supposed to be elevated by the use of fancy sounding ingredients. The reality is that you get overpriced food that isn't Japanese enough to be satisfying for those who appreciate good Japanese food and bland/not different enough to be interesting. Add the high prices for very small portions and you get a disappointing experience. At least the decor is nice.

Pros: nice decor

Cons: overpriced, bland food, very noisy

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I was very disappointed eating at a place with such a great reputation. The noodle order was very minimal, and the servings of food were small. If you go here, you are definitely helping them pay for the decor and ambience. Stay away unless you just have lots of money to blow on impressing others

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★★☆☆☆

I was very disappointed eating at a place with such a great reputation. The noodle order was very minimal, and the servings of food were small. If you go here, you are definitely helping them pay for the decor and ambience. Stay away unless you just have lots of money to blow on impressing others

Pros: ambience

Cons: service, small portions, food

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Its minimalistic, relaxing, smooth decor is synonymous with the food. Apptizers are the main highlight of the menu; they are a bit small yet consist of inventive blends of foods and seasonings to result in a unique take on Japanese cuisine. Great for lunch. The noodle soups are comforting, but don't expect to get completely full up.

2
★★★★☆

Its minimalistic, relaxing, smooth decor is synonymous with the food. Apptizers are the main highlight of the menu; they are a bit small yet consist of inventive blends of foods and seasonings to result in a unique take on Japanese cuisine. Great for lunch. The noodle soups are comforting, but don't expect to get completely full up.

Pros: appetizers

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It is diffcult to say anything bad about this restaurant. O Chame is still one of the best. Call ahead if you want a vegetarian broth for your soup. They are accomodating. Ochame is a gem in the bay area.

2
★★★★★

It is diffcult to say anything bad about this restaurant. O Chame is still one of the best. Call ahead if you want a vegetarian broth for your soup. They are accomodating. Ochame is a gem in the bay area.

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This place has fantastic food and ambiance but I disagree with the no under Make Reservations. I came here at 7:30 on a Saturday only to learn that they were booked solid through 9:30. So if you plan on going on a peak day, I recommend calling ahead Oh, consider sitting outside on a warm night (as rare as those are in this part of Berkeley) its quite a treat, despite a moderate amount of foot traffic through the courtyard.

2
★★★★☆

This place has fantastic food and ambiance but I disagree with the no under Make Reservations. I came here at 7:30 on a Saturday only to learn that they were booked solid through 9:30. So if you plan on going on a peak day, I recommend calling ahead Oh, consider sitting outside on a warm night (as rare as those are in this part of Berkeley) its quite a treat, despite a moderate amount of foot traffic through the courtyard.

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my wife and i are so fond of this place, we make it a point to drop in whenever we need an uplift. the food is astonishingly delicate, an inventive combination of the new californian and japanese cuisines, served so fresh it puts your own vegetable garden to shame. i credit o chame with teaching me what some foods -- scallops, yellow beets, to name two examples -- really taste like! the steak is to die for, juicy and tender, incredibly succulent every time! i'm not a big fan of the noodle soups but always find something delectable on the menu. the wines are well-matched to the food and reasonably priced, the environment is cozy and appealingly lit, the staff unobtrusively attentive and knowledgeable and even the crowd's ok... i must have been there a dozen times already and have yet to be disappointed in any way. a singular treat!

2
★★★★★

my wife and i are so fond of this place, we make it a point to drop in whenever we need an uplift. the food is astonishingly delicate, an inventive combination of the new californian and japanese cuisines, served so fresh it puts your own vegetable garden to shame. i credit o chame with teaching me what some foods -- scallops, yellow beets, to name two examples -- really taste like! the steak is to die for, juicy and tender, incredibly succulent every time! i'm not a big fan of the noodle soups but always find something delectable on the menu. the wines are well-matched to the food and reasonably priced, the environment is cozy and appealingly lit, the staff unobtrusively attentive and knowledgeable and even the crowd's ok... i must have been there a dozen times already and have yet to be disappointed in any way. a singular treat!

Pros: top-quality food, cozy environment, professional service

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if you want a safe introduction to japanese food, i would recommend o chame. if you are looking for something authentic, this is probably not the place. the food is very fresh, clean, simple and pleasantly presented. unfortunately, these same adjectives made the food boring.

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★★★☆☆

if you want a safe introduction to japanese food, i would recommend o chame. if you are looking for something authentic, this is probably not the place. the food is very fresh, clean, simple and pleasantly presented. unfortunately, these same adjectives made the food boring.

Pros: healthy, clean, fresh

Cons: boring

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O Chame serves delicious and wonderfully prepared food. I've taken many friends to O Chame and they're always thrilled to discover this unique and rare dining experience. If you need a lot of salt, spices or heavy sauces to make you feel that you've had a good meal, O Chame may not be the place for you. The food is prepared to allow the natural and subtle flavors of the fresh ingredients to shine through. The staff is helpful, knowledgeable and friendly and the ambience is very warm and inviting.

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★★★★★

O Chame serves delicious and wonderfully prepared food. I've taken many friends to O Chame and they're always thrilled to discover this unique and rare dining experience. If you need a lot of salt, spices or heavy sauces to make you feel that you've had a good meal, O Chame may not be the place for you. The food is prepared to allow the natural and subtle flavors of the fresh ingredients to shine through. The staff is helpful, knowledgeable and friendly and the ambience is very warm and inviting.

Pros: excellent food, great service , warm inviting ambianc

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If you have read the great editor review of this restaurant, try not to believe a word of it.

First I won't call this a Japanese restaurant. It is yuppized to the point where I don't know what to call it. The place is built like a cave so it is really noisy (because of the bare walls) that I had a hard time carrying out a normal conversation across the table. The food is overpriced... come on, $12 for a bowl of udon ?! Giveme a break.

At least the service was good and waiters were polite.

VERDICT: You want Japanese food? go somewhere else. You want to have to scream to talk to your date? go here.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you have read the great editor review of this restaurant, try not to believe a word of it.

First I won't call this a Japanese restaurant. It is yuppized to the point where I don't know what to call it. The place is built like a cave so it is really noisy (because of the bare walls) that I had a hard time carrying out a normal conversation across the table. The food is overpriced... come on, $12 for a bowl of udon ?! Giveme a break.

At least the service was good and waiters were polite.

VERDICT: You want Japanese food? go somewhere else. You want to have to scream to talk to your date? go here.

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Although the setting is nice, the lunch noodle portions were minima., expensive, and not worth the money. To top it off, the food did not have much flavor. Have lunch in SF Japantown and you'll see what I mean. For 4 people and an uncrowded Saturday for lunch, it took the cooks over 45 minutes to prepare the food.

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★★☆☆☆

Although the setting is nice, the lunch noodle portions were minima., expensive, and not worth the money. To top it off, the food did not have much flavor. Have lunch in SF Japantown and you'll see what I mean. For 4 people and an uncrowded Saturday for lunch, it took the cooks over 45 minutes to prepare the food.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: expensive, slow cooks, small portions

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this is a great place to go with another couple, four seems like the perfect number. It's also fun to share appetizers, everything is tasty with unexpected combinations of flavors. The meals are light but satisfying.

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★★★★☆

this is a great place to go with another couple, four seems like the perfect number. It's also fun to share appetizers, everything is tasty with unexpected combinations of flavors. The meals are light but satisfying.

Pros: great food every time, quiet, good for talk

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Enter through a gate past a kiosk into a warm, Japanese-style room decorated with the works of artist Mayumi Oda. In this peaceful world, tea is the drink of choice, and it is offered in so many varieties that guests may need help in…

 

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