a small space just inside featuring a polished granite-top bar with stools and a few tables;
and, in back, past the exhibition kitchen,
a painted-black womb of a room outfitted with handmade smooth pale-wood tables, comfy booths, and two silent TV screens tuned to sports.
Operated by the same owner as Oakland’s Bourbon & Beef in Rockridge, B&B Kitchen similarly sets the standard for farm-to-table menu items that change regularly, according to availability. From the selection of contemporary American fare, we selected a pleasant bitter chicory salad topped with a poached egg to start.
Grilled octopus salad and charred Brussels sprouts were among other intriguing choices. For entrees, crispy organic fried chicken is a clear star. It arrives piled high on the plate with sides of tasty collard greens and a lavender honey dipping sauce.
Though good, my lamb sugo on pappardelle with flavor-adding fresh parsley paled in comparison (I had planned to order butter-poached lobster pasta but it had been dropped from the menu). Other items I would like to try include Coffee-Braised Beef Short Ribs and Truffle Mac & Cheese. A burger, New York steak, and fresh fish were also on the menu.
I was disappointed at dessert to find out that the trio of seasonal berry sorbets, which was on the menu and a chef’s specialty, was not available. We soldiered on and ordered instead a coconutty panna cotta with strawberry puree. It was a generous serving and particularly nice with a glass of port. The beverage list includes craft beers and plenty of wines available by both the bottle and the glass. As is becoming more common now in restaurants, no bread is offered or available on the menu as a side, and it was missed.
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