The Michelin guide has issued its new restaurant ratings for the Bay area. One notable entry is a restaurant on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland, called Commis, which was one of only thirty-four restaurants to receive one star. (There are four 2-star restaurants, and only one 3-star - The French Laundry).
Commis is small and has no sign out front - it would be easy to walk by. It is owned and run by James Syhabout, a very talented chef with an impeccable background (he spent a long time at Manresa in Los Gatos). The restaurant is very minimalist, with a prix-fixe menu. We have a small dining club, and six of us went together there a couple of months ago, while it was still in a soft opening. The food was superb, though with very small portions, and the service was top-drawer.
I'm pleased to see a new, small restaurant like this get recognized, and glad to have seen it at its start.