restaurant

Bijou Restaurant & Bar, will provide the East Bay with a chic new dining option. Bijou will showcase contemporary French/California cuisine, offered at reasonable prices.

Bijou's interior design is by Pia Thomas who was the lead designer and architect for Restaurant Equipment Design before starting her own company, DesignPlus, in 2005. Highlights of the sleek, sophisticated environment includes one of a kind glowing ring chandeliers, comfortable leather chairs from Italy, amber glow bar dye, and a substantial lounge area with plush velvet cushions.

Bijou's main dining room will seat 72 guests, with space for 19 more in the lounge, 11 at the bar and 32 on the outdoor sidewalk patio.

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executive chef

Executive Chef Christian Nam-Hee is a native of Paris, France and learned the art of French cuisine at l'Ecole de Paris des Métiers de la Table. He also completed an apprenticeship with pastry chef Christian Thierrel.

Chef Nam-Hee went on to work at a number of restaurants in France, including Le Grenadin in Paris, a restaurant frequented by former French President Jacques Chirac, where he worked under 2-star Michelin Chef Patrick Cirotte. He has also worked at La Chaumière under Chef Yoshi, the Hyatt Regency Paris - Charle de Gaulle, and Le Bienvenue in Rouen, France.

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food

Prepared by Executive Chef Christian Nam-Hee using seasonal, fresh and often locally sourced, organic ingredients. Notable dishes that will be featured on Chef Nam-Hee's opening menu will include such starters and small plates as Steamed Mussels with a white wine reduction; Beef Tartar; Sautéed Shrimp with a hint of spice; and Crab and Avocado Salad.

Among the main courses will be Grilled Duck Breast with a purple grape sauce; Scallops Au Deux Pommes, Calvados flambé scallops served in a creamy sauce accompanied with apples and topped with caviar; and Grilled Filet Mignon served with a Bordeaux sauce and garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, diners can enjoy Crème Brulée with Hint of Green Tea and Nougat Glacée. A separate lounge menu will also be available.

drinks

Bijou Restaurant & Bar offers classic, contemporary and signature cocktails, eclectic beers and an exciting wine list. Our seasonal cocktail lists turn to the classics for inspiration and to the kitchen for new and interesting flavors. We pride ourselves on having something for everyone, but we promise that you won't find artificially sweetened or over-diluted drinks. We believe in simplicity and balance and in not hiding the special flavor of the main ingredient.

Bijou Restaurant & Bar's beverage specializes in creative mixology that bridges the gap between the kitchen and the bar, the past and the present. Taking fresh, seasonal produce and locally distilled, artisan spirits, Bijou's talented and passionate bar staff brings each of our guests on a cocktail journey that mixes the rich history of the cocktail with today's more "culinary" approach to the bar.