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ARTIS COFFEE ROASTERS Artis Coffee Roasters, a new coffee shop (pictured top), which also sells coffee beans roasted to order, opens tomorrow, Saturday Dec. 7 at 1717B Fourth St. in Berkeley. The clean, modern space, designed by Berkeley architects Kahn Associates, encompasses a counter, fronted by bins of fresh green coffee beans, a seating area, and walls of shelves with all manner of coffee accoutrements for sale — from gleaming espresso machines to French presses and measuring spoons. What makes the place different from, say, Peet’s down the street, is that customers can have their beans roasted for them in one of Artis’ Roast Master machines. Roasting takes about six minutes, according to co-founder James Gutierrez, and, with guidance from the barristas, he said, customers can achieve their perfect roast over time. The three founders conceived of the idea for the shop in business school in Boston where they won a business competition for the plan. That gave them the seed money to launch Artis (Latin for “craft”), and they chose Berkeley, Gutierrez said, because they recognized Berkeleyans’ appreciation for local, handmade products. The partners want their first store to become part of the neighborhood and community before they think about possibly scaling to other cities like San Francisco, Gutierrez said. … Continue reading »
After more than a year and a half of planning and building, chef Nicholas Eftimiou last night unveiled his new organic Greek restaurant, Pathos at 2430 Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley.
The restaurant serves tasty Greek favorites such as Gemista (stuffed red peppers), Moussaka, and Keftedes (lamb meatballs) — as well as fresh seasonal fish and zesty salads — in an upscale rustic-meets wine country decor. At least on opening night, the atmosphere was buzzy but not over-loud (you can hear yourself think, as well as talk), and the wine list offered some interesting, reasonably priced Greek bottles that complement the food well.
The restaurant is very much a family affair. Eftimiou’s father, John, worked as the contractor on the restaurant build-out and his mother oversaw much of its design, as well as helping fine-tune the recipes, many of which originated in the kitchen of Eftimiou’s yaya (grandmother). … Continue reading »
HOMESPUN FARE The husband-and-wife team behind I Squared have re-opened under a new moniker, Homespun Fare (pictured above). They opened quietly Sept. 6 at 5403 College Ave. in Oakland. The menu features starters ($6-$10) such as polenta fries and steamed black mussels, and mains ($9-$16) such as oven roasted salmon, a grilled pork chop and lamb shank. There’s also a cabbage wrap that can be made vegan or with ground lamb, and polenta lasagna. The restaurant has no online presence at this point — neither a Facebook page nor a Yelp review — so curious diners will just have to take the plunge on their own.
LEMAT ETHIOPIAN Exclusively on Nosh, we have a report of a brand new Ethiopian spot coming to the Lorin District in South Berkeley. Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant and Café, 3212 Adeline St., is a casual, family-owned eatery that will offer a variety of vegetable and some meat dishes. Dishes will include thick stews, called wat, and grilled sautéed meats (tibs) along with vegetables served on injera. Co-owner Gezahegn “GZ” Mengistu told Nosh he’s planning to offer all-you-can-eat vegan dishes on Wednesdays, Fridays and during Lent in the spring. Lemat’s decor will feature Ethiopian traditional displays. And the restaurant plans to offer a daily coffee ceremony during lunch hours in a traditional backyard seating area designed for this purpose. Owners Mengistu and Ejigayehu “EJ” Berhanu, his wife, are living in Switzerland with their two sons, but plan to return to the Bay Area next year to launch their new venture. The restaurant is expected to open in July 2014. … Continue reading »
Three and a half months after Chef Banks White left Five restaurant at Berkeley’s Hotel Shattuck Plaza to take up a new post in Harlem, Stephane Tonnelier has been named the restaurant’s new executive chef. Tonnelier, who has Parisian roots, was most recently executive sous-chef at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco. He has worked as a saucier at the world-renowned Hotel Georges V in Paris, and as a sous chef under Michelin-star chef Denis Schneider. Berkeleyside Nosh caught up with him as he got settled into his new post.
What prompted you to take this new post?
The excitement of being able to bring my passion for cooking and creativity to such a beautiful environment offered by Five restaurant.
How would you describe your cooking style? Do you have favorite culinary styles/foods/chef mentors?
My cooking style is an integration of the best of French and Californian cuisine. I have spent the last 26 years of my life cooking, the first half in France and the last half in California. I have been privileged to work with, and learn from, great chefs in two different worlds. I will say that French Californian is totally my inspiration and it gives me the immense pleasure of being able to mix flavors from different continents on the same plate. Some of my favorite chefs who have inspired me are Guy Savoy, Michel Roux and the chef who taught me when I was an apprentice, Philippe Delacourcelle. I also consider Nancy Oakes (from Boulevard and Prospect) a mentor. … Continue reading »
KAIN’BIGAN Filipino comfort food spot Kain’bigan had its soft opening in Oakland this week at 2101 14th Ave. Each day, Chef Charleen Caabay “creates a daily special based on the fresh and seasonal ingredients she finds at local markets throughout the Bay,” according to the company’s website. The business is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and menu offerings include Filipino breakfast with garlic rice, chicken and pork adobo, sweet cured pork sausage, and vegetable or shrimp lumpia (pastries similar to fried egg rolls). Caabay’s restaurant may be new, but she’s not new to the area, having worked at The Den inside the Fox Theater, Somar, Oakland Art Murmur and more. Learn more on Kain’bigan’s Facebook page.
HOI POLLOI Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge, which we first featured in March, is on track with its development plans, having just had its building permit approved Wednesday. The nano-brewpub is set to open in the Lorin District at 1763 Alcatraz Ave., next door to Easy Creole. Owner Viet Vu told Berkeleyside Hoi Polloi will be a “place where people can have conversation,” unhindered by television, with a soundtrack that will run the gamut from underground hip hop to indie rock. The space, with room for 30-40 people, will feature a bar and a few tables, with brew kettles and fermentation tanks in the back. … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on Build Pizzeria Roma, at 2286 Shattuck Ave., in Berkeley. The creative toppings, stylish interior and attentive service made this a place we’d love to visit again. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photos by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »
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Shotaro “Sho” Kamio, the head chef at Yoshi’s in both San Francisco and Oakland, is set to open his own restaurant in the O Chamé space at 1830 Fourth Street in Berkeley. O Chamé, owned by David and Hiromi Vardy, closed its doors last Sunday after serving a loyal customer base for 23 years.
Kamio gave his notice at Yoshi’s this week, according to Inside Scoop SF which broke the news. He said working there had been a “wonderful experience,” but that it was time to move on to his own project.
Kamio said the wanted to live up to O Chamé’s “amazing history and spirit’ and that he had been collaborating closely with David Vardy on the takeover the the past few weeks. … Continue reading »
Glynis Fairley and Karen Rosen are hoping to create a new coffee destination in an underserved Berkeley neighborhood with the opening next month of Take 5 Café at 3132 Sacramento St.
The motivation is straightforward: the couple live nearby on Woolsey Street and want a place to go themselves. “We often ask ourselves, why isn’t there a social gathering place here, somewhere to meet other neighbors?” said Rosen. “We’d go to a local hangout, so hopefully others will too.”
Take 5 (which we tipped in Bites), is currently being built out and aims to be open before the end of August. It is near the intersection with 67th Street, just a few doors north of the recently opened Moxy Beer Garden. … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on Stella Nonna, at 1407 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. (Click to see the dinner menu.) The great space, memorable flavors and friendly service made this a place we’d love to visit again. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photos by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »
Japanese restaurant O Chamé, which has been on Berkeley’s Fourth Street for 23 years, is closing its doors on Sunday July 28.
Owners David and Hiromi Vardy told their staff about the decision to shutter the popular restaurant last week. Reader Nathan alerted Berkeleyside to the news on Monday. ”It’s closing after 23 years. By this time next week, it will be one of the best restaurants the Bay Area ever had,” he wrote.
A new restaurant is slated to open in the O Chamé space at 1830 Fourth Street. Berkeleyside will bring you details when we have them. … Continue reading »
By Rachel Budker
Where do politics, art, culture and community meet? Around the dining table.
When La Peña Cultural Center opened 38 years ago, the founders believed in the necessity of a gathering place where community members could discuss local issues of the time. While La Peña has had an adjacent café since its opening in 1975, the café has been run as a concession for the past 12 years.
Not anymore. On Friday, July 12, La Peña took back the operation of the café and revamped the menu. It now features food from Oakland-based Pachamama Cookery and Bacheeso’s Restaurant, which has outposts in Berkeley and Oakland. The menu is affordable and internationally focused, with a wide variety of foods, including empanadas, vegetarian and vegan entrees like eggplant with tofu, lentils and rice, and seasonal fish.
Smaller plates include chips and salsa, humus and pita, as well as several salad options. There is an extensive beverage menu featuring four local beers from Berkeley and Oakland, reasonably priced wine, as well as specialty drinks such as La Peña’s famous sangria. … Continue reading »
In a new occasional series, Berkeleyside’s Siciliana Trevino sets out to eat, and report on, every restaurant on College Avenue — from Bancroft to Broadway, taking in the gourmet goldmines that are the Elmwood and Rockridge neighborhoods in between. First on the list? The Elmwood Café.
The intersection of College and Russell was oddly absent of the congestion that normally plagues it at dusk. DJ and I were on the sidewalk, at a crossroads about where to get a drink, or maybe have dinner.
DJ and I often wondered what it would be like to eat at every restaurant on College Avenue from Bancroft to Broadway. It was a what if…? that became a real possibility when I left New York City in April to live with him in Berkeley, where we both originate. But that night in June we vowed that if we ate out on College, we would go forward with our long-held plan. … Continue reading »