A Second Inning: Chef Philippe Chevalier takes over the MoMo's Kitchen
A SECOND INNING
Chef Philippe Chevalier takes over the kitchen at MoMo's
BY SOPHIE JOHNSON
Since bringing MoMo’s to Walnut Creek earlier this year, veteran restauranteurs Peter and Janet Osborne have been quietly renovating. Rather than focusing on finishes and floors, their updates have centered on revamping the menu. Combing the best of their popular San Francisco eateries— original MoMos’ and Mission Rock—the team kicked it up a notch by adding a distinctive European flare to its American-bistro Walnut Creek menu.
Chef Philippe Chevalier, known for his eponymous French bistro in Lafayette which sold in 2015, has joined the MoMo’s team elevating the food offerings with steak frites, duck liver mousse and apple tarte tatin. In an alluring accent he explains, “I want to create a famous and popular place for friends and families to eat and show people French food is healthy.” The French-born chef doesn’t think much of American food. “You can quote me: hotdogs and burgers are heavy; they are not healthy. A nice piece of fish with vegetables and a sauce, that is French food. That is healthy.”
Adding to the signature wood-fired pizzas, crispy calamari, and house burgers, Chef Phillippe has also created pre-fixe menus. For $20, his three-course executive lunch recently included a velvety white mushroom soup, trout almandine, and exquisite house-made macaroons. Each dish was faultlessly prepared and tasty. Other standouts on the seasonal menu are the salads: heirlooms with figs, strawberries with beets, and a nicoise topped with fish so tender, it practically melts in your mouth.
During happy hour, now seven days a week, look for $1 oysters and $5 pizzas. On the kid’s menu, meals are $10, but on Sundays kids eat for free (while their parents enjoy $20 bottomless mimosas.)
MoMo's: 1444 N California Blvd, Walnut Creek
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSH ISAACS