B Oakland's $20 prix-fixe "Sunday Supper"
This might be an even better deal than Adesso's free spread. 5-9pm Sundays, $20 a person, set menu served family-style. Last night we had:
crostini with chicken-liver mousse, fresh figs, and balsamic vinegar
salad of arugula and shaved radishes and onions
rabbit braised with bacon
potatoe and celery root purée
bread pudding with nectarines
Everything was really good. We got seconds of the purée and spätzle. There was more rabbit than we could finish. They also had white and red wine for $20 a bottle (this week it was NOCA Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir) and $15 pitchers of beer.
B Restaurant & Bar
499 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Had a wonderful experience with this week's Sunday Supper tonight. Started with a garden lettuce salad (with some sort of tarragon dressing. Entrees were a choice of a navarin of lamb (a braised lamb shoulder) and a potato gnocchi. The side dishes were some roasted nante carrots and onions and a pomme puree.
The lamb was melt-in-your-mouth tender, just the right amount of fat--I thought it was a bit underseasoned, but sprinkled on some sea salt and it was great.
The highlight of the meal, though, was the gnocchi, which was the best I've ever had, nicely browned and crisp on the outside, light and airy on the inside (not overly doughy like some gnocchi you get). Served over a really nice, light fresh yellow corn sauce. This was amazingly, mind-blowingly good--probably one of the best things I've tasted all year. I was glad to learn that this is also offered on their regular dinner menu.
Dessert was a chocolate custard that my wife declared was the best chocolate pudding she'd ever had. Smooth and light but still with a deep chocolate kick and just a touch of Kahlua.
All in all, it was a fabulous meal and a tremendous bargain--along with a $15 pitcher of the tasty Trumer Pilsner that they have on tap, dinner came out to just around $60 before tip. Probably the best bang for the buck you'll get for food of this caliber. Was surprised to see that the restaurant was still only about half full when we left at 6:30!
And just to clarify: Our waitress came at one point and asked if we wanted more of anything. We declined, having plenty of food for just the two of us as it was, but can you really get seconds of anything--even the entrees? If so, then this really is far and away the best deal in town.