If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of French-California fusion fare and drinks at Bijou Restaurant & Bar, located in Hayward, about half an hour from downtown.
Executive culinary virtuoso Christian Nam-Hee draws upon years of practiced gastronomy in his native Paris to concoct Bijou's dazzling fusion of French and California cuisine, using seasonal and fresh ingredients from local and organic sources wherever possible. A scintillating synthesis of flavors peppers the extensive dinner menu with tongue-boggling nutriments and Boggle-tonguing tournaments. Prep your palate pilgrimage with piquant petite plates such as the steamed mussels and l'ardennaise sauce ($11) or the scallops foie gras drizzled with apple-cider sauce ($18). Tasteful adornments of herbes de Provence and pink-peppercorn rub enhance the zest of the pan-seared lamb chops ($23), while the tender braised short ribs tend to a placid patch of baby carrots and crème-fraîche mashed potatoes ($23).
High ceilings gleaming with ring chandeliers create a sleek, modern atmosphere augmented by the amber glow of the bar, where creative concoctionist Jay Crabb lends his culinary eye to Bijou's cocktails, infusing locally distilled and artisanal spirits with fresh seasonal fruits. Sip the tart and crisp gingered pear ($11) atop one of Bijou's comfortable Italian leather chairs or regale the tasty Tattooed “1944” mai tai ($10) with tales of competitive batfowling atop the lounge area's plush velvet cushions.
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Bijou Restaurant & Bar was featured in Oakland Magazine and is an OpenTable Diner's Choice for Vibrant Bar Scene in the East Bay. OpenTable diners give it four stars overall, and Yelpers give it 3.5 stars on average:
- Seasonal French/California Cuisine at reasonable prices is the menu theme at chic Bijou Restaurant & Bar in Hayward. This new venue looks destined to be a great hang-out-and-chill spot. Besides the dining room and bar area, Bijou has a comfy lounge and a sidewalk patio. The sleek design and glowing ring chandeliers create a sophisticated vibe. – Wanda Hennig, Oakland Magazine
- Very good, light, modern menu with varied choices. All dishes well presented & efficient, friendly service. A surprising find for Hayward and would definitely return when in the area. Recommended. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 07/22/2010
Bijou Restaurant & Bar
Executive Chef Rodrigo Cedeño sharpened his knife skills and his palate across California, picking up technical know-how at Collins College of Hospitality Management before training under chefs at Vu Restaurant and RN74 in San Francisco. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending his French and modern cuisine training with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth a rotating selection of seasonal specialties with distinct flavor profiles, such as butternut squash risotto with brown butter and diver scallops served with blistered grapes. To complement such an aesthetically poignant dining experience, the space itself—designed by DesignPlus's Pia Thomas—remains sleek and focused. The centerpiece is the bar, which glows a dreamy, iridescent amber that's complemented by ring chandeliers and absorbed by Italian leather chairs, a lounge area's plush velvet cushions, and tabletop black holes.
1036 B St.
Hayward, California 94541