Shop Talk | January 15, 2010 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Eating Out - January 15, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

TJ CHEF COMING NORTH ... Cuisine on California Avenue is getting a huge boost, thanks to French-born Bruno Chemel, the former executive chef at Chez TJ in Mountain View. Chemel is opening his own restaurant, Baume, at 201 S. California Ave. Chemel, who has been at the Michelin-rated Chez TJ for two years, will offer modern French cuisine at his new Palo Alto site. The location has seen several restaurants come and go over the last few decades (most recently Bistro Basia). But Baume, which is scheduled to open Jan. 28, may have some staying power. Chemel has been chef at some of the top restaurants in San Francisco and other major cities and gets high reviews wherever he goes. He and, reportedly, members of his kitchen staff left Chez TJ on Dec. 19 in what was reported as a sudden departure due to a disagreement with the owner. His new place is getting attention in the blogosphere, with a writeup in the Zagat restaurant blog, which reports that it will feature a "prix fixe-only format," meaning six-, 10- or 15-course dinners. Lunches will be three courses. The new restaurant is named after French chemist Antoine Baume. It will feature special house-made juices as an alternative to wine with meals.

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