The Best French Restaurant Deal in Town!
4221 Geary Blvd (6th/7th, Avs), 387-3573
510pm Mon-Sat, Sun 4-9pm.
La Bergerie has been serving delectable French food for over 30 years. Originally, French-owned and run, it was bought by two Cambodian brothers 10 years ago, who have preserved the traditional French menu, and the quality. It has an elegant decor, with cloth napkins and cloth tablecloths, and fresh flowers on the tables, definitely upscale. La Bergerie can seat 80.
The prices of the 5-course dinners have gone up recently, but they still are the lowest in town for top-quality French cooking.
The meal begins with a cream soup, butter-lettuce salad, a substantial main course with vegetables, choice of ice cream or sherbet, and coffee.
The prices range from $13.95 to $20.95, depending on the main course. There is a choice of 17 dishes, e.g., fish of the day or grilled marinated chicken $13.95, coq au van (chicken in red-wine sauce) $14.95, eyes de veal (sweetbreads in Madeira) $15.95, canard a loran (duck with Grand Marnier sauce) $16.95, veal marsala $16.95, rabbit cooked in wine $16.95, poached salmon with shrimp $16.95, broiled lamb chops or filet mignon $17.95, rack of lamb Bergerie-style $18.95, broiled lobster tail $20.95.
For those who dont want a full dinner, the a la carte menu at La Bergerie offers great values in traditional French specialties, e.g., French onion or cream of shrimp soup $4.95, pasta with cream & parmesan sauce $4.95, Caesar salad $4.95, pâté forester (pork & chicken livers with brandy & juniper berries) $5.95, escargot de Burgoyne $6.95. Dessertscheesecake or chocolate mousse $3.95, fresh fruit zabaglione, or soufflé au Grand Marnier $5.95. Very low prices for this level of cuisine.
Wine. A tolerable burgundy or chablis is offered as house wine $4.50 glass, $7.50 half-carafe, $14 carafe. There are three French red wines, $1722 bottle, three French white wines, $2023 bottle, as well as California wines in the same range. Other wines go up to $49. Corkage (bring your own) is $10.
Since parking is often difficult in this area, heres a tipuse the parking lot at the nearby Kaiser Hospital, entrance on 6th Avenue, $1 an hour. Another possibility is the parking lot of Smart & Final market, at 350 7th Avenue, between Geary Blvd and Clement St. They charge $5 for the evening.
La Bergerie Recipe of the Day
Supreme de Volaille Grillé (grilled marinated chicken).
Begin with a whole chicken, cut in four parts, two legs and two breasts. Debone and remove fat. Marinate in the following: enough olive or salad oil to cover, salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, a sprinkle of lemon juice, a bay leaf, a pinch of thyme, and 2-3 cloves. Marinate for at least four hours, preferably a whole day. Grill over hot coals or in the oven until done.
La Bergerie reviewed 10/01/01 by Louis Madison