Zut alors! Chef’s talent fails to translate to Zut Tavern in Berkeley

Some chefs can move back and forth seamlessly between genres, but much like mastering the spoken word, one chef may be proficient in one but not necessarily the other. After my first visit to Zut Tavern in Berkeley, I tried to reconcile the disappointment of the meal with the proven talent of its chef-owner, Shotaro Kamio. Kamio has always incorporated a California sensibility into his creative Asian cuisine, but that viewpoint didn’t translate as well in the brasserie context. The experience

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