Two MICHELIN Stars : Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
The personality and talent of the chef and their team is evident in the expertly crafted dishes, which are refined, inspired and sometimes original.
Oakland continues to evolve and maintain its "destination" status thanks in large part to Commis and its hard-working troupe. This serene elder from Chef/owner James Syhabout is packed every night for its menu of measured, elegant and well-conceived dishes. Tucked into colorful Piedmont Avenue, the dining space is long and neat, with a smattering of tables up front; cozy banquette seating in the back; and a lively counter overlooking the humming kitchen. Soft music and a vibrant staff set the mood—cool and contemporary; relaxed but never casual. In the kitchen, Chef Syhabout pairs local, well-sourced ingredients with precise technique to create his sophisticated nightly tasting menu. Dinner might unveil silky scallops with tangy crème fraîche, poached asparagus and charred lemon granité. That signature slow-poached egg yolk sitting in a bed of onion- and malt-infused cream is a consistent and thrilling revelation; while white sturgeon caviar with creamed potato and beer-marinated onion resembles an exquisitely elevated sour cream-and-onion dip. Perfectly cooked mussels set over porridge-like grains is yet another beautiful plate that reflects this kitchen's keen attention to detail.
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