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With Chef Russell Moore recently named as a semifinalist for James Beard’s “best chef of the west” award, it seemed like a good time to pop in and check out what Camino is up to, in addition to switching to a tip-free approach amid regional and national conversations about how to improve equitable conditions for restaurant workers. Nosh dropped by on a recent weekend to explore the Grand Avenue restaurant’s brunch options.
Most brunch offerings change regularly. Items on the menu in February included poached eggs with chanterelles, smoked quail and grilled rockfish. The restaurant regularly has special events on Mondays. Coming up in March, “Pozole Mondays” will highlight three-course meals featuring pozole baked in the Camino fireplace. The restaurant opened in 2008, and Chef Moore, a Chez Panisse alum, cooks nearly everything over fire. Many of the vegetables and fruit used at the popular Oakland restaurant come from local farmers markets. Some of the herbs and produce on Camino’s plates and in its cocktails are grown just half a mile away. (Read more in Nosh’s November feature.)
Camino is located at 3917 Grand Ave. in Oakland. The March 2015 brunch menu is online here. If you’ve sampled the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso) … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Galeto Brazilian Grill in Old Oakland. Galeto invited Nosh for a complimentary meal for two to see what it had to offer.
Galeto opened last summer and offers all-you-can-eat buffets for lunch ($18.95 on weekdays and $28.95 on Sundays) and dinner ($38.95). The Galeto menu showcases traditional Brazilian grilled meat with table-side carving service, a salad bar with a wide range of fresh options prepared in-house daily from scratch, as well as free-range organic chicken and signature pasta dishes. The 85-seat dining room was designed by Kibwe Dasie, and local restaurant-goers may recall that the space formerly housed LCX Noodle Bar and Le Cheval.
Galeto owner Eli Nascimento hired Chef Robson Barreto to run the kitchen. Barreto was born in Rio de Janeiro and, from an early age, helped prepare meals in his family’s restaurant. He also spent time at an Italian restaurant in southern Brazil where there is a large Italian community, which provided some of the inspiration for his offerings at Galeto. He later studied culinary arts in various schools in Brazil, and specialized in Brazilian, Portuguese and Italian cooking. He worked at a range of venues in Brazil and, in America, on the East Coast, and also spent two years in Barcelona, Spain, where he attended the Escuela de Artes Culinárias. Locally, he worked previously at Espetus Churrascaria in San Francisco.
Galeto Brazilian Grill is located at 1019 Clay St. in Oakland. See the menu here. If you’ve sampled the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »
Diners have a cool, new option in Berkeley with the opening last month of Townie, at 1799 University Ave., in what was for decades Caffe Venezia until it closed last year. The interior has gotten a major overhaul and Chef Dana Ryan is at the helm of this small plates New American restaurant at Grant Street, not far from downtown Berkeley.
The menu is small, but features one hit after another, using seasonal ingredients and what the owners describe as “the highest quality meats and seafood.” Potato croquettes, the garlic cheese toast and the mussels with chorizo and white wine were some of the favorites during a recent meal. … Continue reading »
Owner Jamal Zahid has reimagined his Temescal restaurant space — which formerly was called Tanjia — under the leadership of a new chef who has recreated the menu to feature “Moroccan-inspired California cuisine.” Executive Chef Eric Lanvert has “deep roots” in the Bay Area, having worked at or owned a number of San Francisco restaurants, including Rue Saint Jacques and Cote Sud. Local, farm-fresh organic ingredients are the rule, and most dishes can be ordered as half- or full-sized portions. Chorizo-stuffed squid, mussels in saffron broth and day boat scallops were among the highlights during a pair of recent visits. … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Sukho Thai in Oakland.
A relative newcomer to Rockridge, Sukho Thai is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, which already boasts many fantastic restaurants to choose from. Sukho Thai opened last fall several blocks south of the Rockridge BART station; those familiar with the neighborhood may recall the previous business, Pearl of Siam, which closed last June after 25 years.
Friendly service, cozy surroundings and outstanding flavors set this Thai restaurant a cut above many others in the area. The flavors pop, with the right amount of heat on the spicy dishes, a satisfying firmness in the cooked vegetables, and masterful seasonings that make each dish memorable. Portions are ample enough for leftovers, especially if your party is small and you want to try a few dishes. Save room for a sweet treat for dessert. … Continue reading »
Long considered among the best Chinese restaurants in the area, Great China opened in its current location in December after a fire closed its doors at its prior downtown Berkeley home. It took nearly two years to plan and complete the new space on Bancroft Way, which is large and modern, and has roughly 50% more space than before. Even with the increased space, lines are a common sight. … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Duende in Uptown Oakland.
Ever since Duende opened in January 2013, the restaurant has drawn crowds and won acclaim for its stylish digs, creative menu and professional service. Paul Canales, husband of Ici Ice Cream-owner Mary Canales, has created an impressive menu featuring small plates and Spanish food. Next door, diners can enjoy coffee, churros and a more limited menu during the day at a small, but beautifully appointed, bodega, which also features a selection of olive oils for purchase. (The bodega recently added lunch to its offerings.) Paul Caneles’ name is likely familiar to many East Bay diners for his 15 years at Oliveto restaurant on College Avenue, where he started as an intern and ended as executive chef. Upstairs at Duende, Canales has teamed up with Rocco Somazzi to bring an eclectic mix of musicians to an intimate performance space. Read more about Duende on Nosh.
Duende Restaurant & Bodega is located at 468 19th St. in Oakland. If you’ve sampled the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Centouno in Oakland’s Jack London Square.
Owner Fabio Dalle Vacche has teamed up with his mother, Luigina Delfino — who’s been cooking for 40 years — to launch a cozy, rustic and stylish Italian restaurant on Broadway just north of Jack London Square. Dalle Vacche drew inspiration from his family’s trattoria, just outside Parma, Italy, and has state-side experience opening Borgo Italia in Old Oakland and consulting for restaurants in New York City. Dalle Vacche goes out of his way to make diners comfortable. Dishes are “an homage” to Delfino’s long culinary history, and reasonably priced to boot. Via the restaurant website, “Using only the best ingredients, her recipes are unassuming, delicious and served the way she does in her own kitchen. Not distracted by unneeded garnish, the food is rustic, cooked with love and speaks for itself.” See the initial menu here to get a sense of the offerings, but items do change.
Centouno, at 101 Broadway, at the Embarcadero in Oakland, opened in December, and Nosh was invited for a complimentary meal for two to try it out. If you’ve sampled the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Vientian Café in East Oakland.
Vientian features a mix of Lao, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine at reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere. The combination of fresh, unique flavors at budget prices make this a neighborhood favorite, but also worth a special trip. Parking is easy. “Angel wings” and papaya salad are other menu favorites. … Continue reading »
Executive chef and co-owner Munther Massarweh serves up a Latin-inspired meat-focused menu made with seasonal ingredients that are “often” locally sourced, sustainable and organic. The location previously housed Water Lounge and Raw Bar. See the dinner menu here. Weekend brunch items, from $14-$16, include huevos rancheros; pan dulce (stuffed French toast with jalapeño sweet cream); and salmon Florentine. The beverage menu includes an international wine list with more than 71 vintages, about 18 of which are available by the glass. A range of cocktails are a specialty of the house, and at least 20 types of bourbon are poured. … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Barkada Bakery and Café on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. The restaurant opened in May with an extensive in-house bakery and a range of espresso and coffee drinks made with beans from Oakland’s Scarlet City Coffee Roasting. … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on The Bleecker Street Bistro on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Owner Jason Kwon, who bought the restaurant (formerly Ann’s Kitchen) at 2498 Telegraph, offers simple food done right at affordable prices he says he hopes will bring regulars in to dine on a frequent basis.
The airy, sunny space is a pleasant place to watch the street life on Telegraph, and the menu includes many items that will be a hit for diners on a budget. Many of the breakfast items, which include egg dishes, pancakes and breakfast bagels, cost less than $8. Lunch offerings include burgers, sandwiches, burritos and quesadillas, and are in the same price range. … Continue reading »
We featured FuseBOX earlier this year after it opened. The West Oakland restaurant has quickly become a favorite East Bay spot due to its creative cuisine, friendly service and hip, cozy atmosphere. A bonus: parking is easy.
Hours have shifted in recent months but, beginning Tuesday, lunch will be served Thursdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with happy hour Wednesday through Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m., dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m., and now Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Note: Prices had not been set at the time of this preview and the menu may change over time.
If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)