Fun new in Oakland
Well we are going out to dinner on Saturday with some old friends. I was thinking of trying some of the new spots in Oakland like those downtown. Not Luka's or Tamorindo but what else would you recommend? Also wondering about Camino or the new Italian place on Park--which is the closest to where we live. I love Dopo but we don't want to wait very long or get there right when they open. Last time we went out with these folks we went to Sea Salt and Chanpa Garden. Any ideas? Not quite as expensive as Sea Salt but on the new side. Yeah I keep forgetting about Woodtavern but can never seem to remember to get a reservation and they are booked.
More or less new places:
1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Franklin Square Wine Bar
2212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602
247 4th St, Oakland, CA
3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
re: Cheesy Oysters
We walked into Levende East and found it too noisy and bar-like and the menu dubiously unfocused (Japanese, Chinese, Indian, American comfort food, French, Italian). Ended up across the street at whatever Oaktown is called now--Restaurant B?
B Restaurant & Bar
499 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
re: Robert Lauriston
I did a business dinner at Levende East a couple nights ago - not noisy, but it was 6pm Tuesday, not very busy. They do have an eclectic menu, which I like as long as each style is well executed.
It was all good, but not great. Had their Charcuterie Plate, Fried Calamari Salad, Indian Spiced Mini Burgers and Warm Potato-Bacon and Asparagus Salad. I was ready to love it all and it was all good, but not great.
Best part was desert - warm chocolate bread pudding w/ caramel sauce.
My vendor liked it and I'd happily go back on the company's dime, but probably not with my own money...
Bellanico is really great, but a little noisy sometimes.
Camino has only been open for 2 days and their menu is extremely limited for now, if that sways your opinions at all....
I really like Franklin Square. However, I've only been there mid-week somewhat
late when the place is close to deserted and it's mostly just me and my friends and
the cook and the waiterperson and a bottle of wine and some great food. But there
was a report here in the last couple of days about all sorts of service issues on a
crowded weekend. So be prepared if you go at a busy time. Even without being
careful you can probably get out of there for less than 1/2 what Sea Salt would cost.
Ah, here it is: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/48179...