Philippe Gardelle’s tiny Richmond French spot Chapeau got a Bauer Update this week, and it was a glowing one. In renewing its 2.5 stars, Bauer–who also tips his cap to user-generated websites in the review–has nothing but nice things to say about the man behind Chapeau:
He’s created a menu that is unwaveringly French - just look at the rich glossy sauces that congeal on the plate - but often with some interesting California touches. Appetizers and main courses are individually priced, but most people select from the prix-fixe menus that feature an appetizer, main course and dessert for $38, or four courses for $45. And if you’re an early diner, there’s a weeknight menu for $25.50 between 5 and 6 p.m.
Anyone who’s ever been to Chapeau understands its charm; it’s a neighborhood place with decent prices, excellent service and expertly prepared fare. And, as Bauer point out, these are just some of the reasons why Gardelle’s restaurant “shows up on so many must-visit lists.” [SFGate]
Elsewhere in the week’s reviews …
Jennifer Tomaro does a guest Chronicle spot and heads to Pleasant Hill for some finger-lickin’ BBQ at Smokin Oakie’s, SF Weekly’s Robert Lauriston says it’s all about “hard-core sushi” at Sebo in Hayes Valley, Chowhounds turn their focus to the food at Giants games, and Paul Reidinger of the SFBG checks out Farina while cohort L.E. Leone goes Don Quixote at Willie Bird’s Restaurant.