Joshu-ya Brasserie

Address: 2441 Dwight Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 848-5260
Website: http://www.joshu-ya.com/

Our first date of 2014 was during Berkeley’s Restaurant Week at Joshu-ya Brasserie.  This was a small and nicely decorated place with one large seating area, one smaller seating area, and an outdoor seating area (with heat lamps and a crazy fire pillar we tried to take a picture of).  There was a nice small rock garden with waterfall….not sure if it was a koi pond or not.

Since it was Restaurant Week, we ordered two of the special $30 prix fixe menus (1 starter, 1 entree, and 1 dessert).  After reviewing the regular menu, there was a similar prix fixe option, but for $10 more.  Go during Restaurant Week and save a bit of scratch.

We ordered the Pommes Frites and a Lion King roll for our starters.  The Pommes Frites was french fries in duck fat with spicy aioli sauce on the side.  Tasty!  The Lion King roll was your typical baked salmon sushi roll.

For the entrees, we ordered the Slow Roasted Pork Belly Tacos and the Grass-Fed Lamb Burger (but instead got the Bone Marrow Kobe Burger).  The Slow Roasted Pork Belly Tacos were 6-hour roasted pork belly, radish, red bell pepper, and cilantro JALAPENO pesto. I capitalized jalapeno because there was quite a bit of it and it was very spicy with each bite taken.  Good thing our waiter came by often with water and napkins.  We didn’t know what to do with the Bone Marrow of the Bone Marrow Kobe Burger but it came with tempura onion rings with cheddar on a pantofolina bun.  The girls sitting next to us gawked at the enormous burger and the waiter was surprised we finished most of it.

 

For dessert, we ordered the Tiramisu and the Blueberry Honey Panna Cotta.  By this point, we were stuffed beyond belief.  But of course with my sweet tooth, the other side of my stomach accommodated the dessert =p  The Tiramisu was light and airy with chocolate, strawberries, and lady fingers.  The Blueberry Honey Panna Cotta had a smooth custard texture.

At this point, we almost couldn’t move because we were already stuffed coming from a huge brunch earlier in the day.  The waiter continually commented how good a job we were doing on the amount of food we ordered every time he came by.  All in all, the food at Joshu-ya was pretty top notch.  We have to come back and try some more items on the menu.

– Norm

Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [?]
Highchairs/Boosters [?]
Stroller Access [might be tight]

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