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Oakland Restaurant Week Jan 23-29, 2011

hhc Jan 3, 2011 05:10 PM

Oakland is offering special special prix fixe dinner menus at $20, $30 and $40 for Oakland Restaurant Week Jan 23-29, 2011. Lots of good places - what are people going to try?

# Amba
# Bay Wolf
# Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar
# Blue Oak at Oakland Museum of California RW Deal: $30 for three course dinner plus a glass of house red or white wine
# Bocanova RW Deal: $20 for a four-course family-style lunch $30 for a four-course family-style dinner
# Camino
# Chop Bar - RW Deal: $30 for three courses plus red or white wine.
# Encuentro
# The Fat Lady
# Flora
# Italian Colors
# Kincaid's
# Level 2 at Marriott Oakland City Center RW Deal: $30 for four courses
# Mimosa Champagne Lounge - RW Deal: $20 for three courses or $20 for one flavored Champagne cocktail, an appetizer and a dessert
# Miss Pearl's Jam House - RW Deal: $20 for three-course lunch, $30 for three-course dinner
# Monaghans on the Hill
# Montclair Bistro RW Deal: $40 for four courses
# Oliveto
# Ozumo
# Paragon at the Claremont Hotel RW Deal: $30 for three courses
# Pican
# Plum - RW Deal: $40 for four courses
# Scott's
# Seison Restaurant, Bar & Lounge at the Washington Inn
# Sidebar
# Trappist
# Yoshi's

Website here:

Bay Wolf Restaurant
3853 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Montclair Bistro
6118 Medau Place, Oakland, CA 94611

Italian Colors Restaurant
2220 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611

4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

495 10th St, Oakland, CA

Fat Lady
201 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

Miss Pearl's Jam House
10 Washington St, Oakland, CA

2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Pican Restaurant
2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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  1. hhc RE: hhc Jan 23, 2011 10:49 AM

    Anyone going to try any from the list? Hope to read some reports back.

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    1. re: hhc
      rosetattoo76 RE: hhc Jan 23, 2011 09:16 PM

      I'm hoping to see some recc's too - a lot of places on the list, and I'm sad to say I haven't had much experience with most of them. Specifically any info on Wood Tavern's menu for the week, as I've wanted to try them for some time.

      1. re: rosetattoo76
        shanghaikid RE: rosetattoo76 Jan 23, 2011 10:57 PM

        couldn't access wood tavern's menu. btw, they aren't on o-town's restaurant week.
        in the past, i've tried the ahi tuna tartare (12), pork belly(12), pricey for 2 pieces each, yep. 2 pieces. the tavern style boulabaise(?)18 was very tasty and filling with the bread.....

        heartell the pastrimi sammie is excellent. would skip the appetizers and go for the main course here.

        1. re: shanghaikid
          hhc RE: shanghaikid Jan 24, 2011 05:18 AM

          It seemed Wood Tavern got added to the list after I posted:

          # Wood Tavern BOOK IT
          # YaYu Ethiopian Restaurant - RW Deal: $20 for three-course dinner, $25 with wine
          # Yoshi's - RW Deal: $30 for four course dinner in the Dining Room BOOK IT

          Wood Tavern
          6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        2. re: rosetattoo76
          oaktowngirl RE: rosetattoo76 Jan 26, 2011 10:11 AM

          I called a few places without menus posted online. Wood Tavern is doing lunch- salad/Pastrami sandwich/sorbet. Oliveto is doing dinner- green salad or cup of minestre soup/ gnocchi with ragu/ roast chicken roulade/ vanilla ice cream with brandy sauce.

          Wood Tavern
          6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          Oliveto Cafe
          5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          1. re: oaktowngirl
            Robert Lauriston RE: oaktowngirl Jan 26, 2011 11:23 AM

            What's the price for Wood Tavern? Their pastrami sandwich is only $10 and comes with a fabulous slaw that's half the reason I order it. That's a huge lunch in itself.

            Wood Tavern
            6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

            1. re: oaktowngirl
              betterbeheaven RE: oaktowngirl Jan 26, 2011 11:28 AM

              thanks for that info; I've been really curious what Wood Tavern's Oakland Restaurant Week offering is

              Wood Tavern
              6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          2. re: hhc
            selectiveomnivore RE: hhc Jan 24, 2011 11:04 AM

            We're hitting up Flora on Friday. Have done plenty of the choices before outside of restaurant week, but this will be our first time at Flora.

            Bocanova is definitely hit or miss, but if you want to enjoy some decent cocktails (of the tropical bent) while looking out at the Bay, it's a good, enjoyable place for a meal.

            Had a great meal at Pican last month, and would go during RW if I hadn't been there so recently.

            Camino will be good. Definitely a good time to try a great restaurant.

            First visit to Sidebar last week, and I'll be going again soon. Good drinks, the trout salad was alright. The cuban sandwich was fantastic in flavor and full of meat, but didn't strike me as very typical cubano. Love the cute idea of "classicist" cocktail and "locavore" version.

            Pican Restaurant
            2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

            55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

            1. re: selectiveomnivore
              Robert Lauriston RE: selectiveomnivore Jan 24, 2011 11:09 AM

              Flora got a new chef recently, and the menu has changed quite a bit.

              I've been to Bocanova half a dozen times, and I think I've had only one dish I wouldn't order again (Dungeness crab deviled eggs with chipotle aioli).

              55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                selectiveomnivore RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2011 10:20 AM

                We're in agreement on the crab deviled eggs. I've found service to be very spotty at Bocanova, which is my chief complaint. The setting makes up for it.

                55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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            shanghaikid RE: hhc Jan 23, 2011 10:51 PM

            tried flora, pican, miss pearl's, sidebar, bocanova (fish not fresh, inattentive service) with mixed success, depends on what you order.
            otoh, bellanico and the fat lady had pretty good service with the food being way above average.
            chop bar, trappist, a tossup.
            oh, these weren't during o-town restaurant week.
            where i go depends on what's on the menu.....bay wolf comes to mind

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              oakling RE: hhc Jan 24, 2011 10:05 AM

              I haven't gone to any yet, but I've been reviewing their prix fixe menus where available on their websites.

              I wish the Oakland Visitors Bureau would require the menus ahead of time and post them along with this list! I'm gluten-free and I don't want to hit the Paragon or somewhere and find out that I can't eat or subsitute half of the menu.

              Plus, I like to compare with the prices on the regular menu and see what kind of deal I'm getting :) Most places that I looked, a $30 prix fixe involves a $7-$8 discount, which is pretty good. I was very surprised though to see that at I Squared, depending on what you pick (a choice of one of three salads, starters, etc.) you can actually spend MORE getting the prix fixe than you would spend on the exact same items a la carte. Can I have gotten that right?!

              Leaning toward Bay Wolf, Camino, or Bocanova right now, and waiting to hear what my friends want to eat too.

              Bay Wolf Restaurant
              3853 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

              55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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                gordon wing RE: hhc Jan 24, 2011 11:10 AM

                had a very nice meal at Plum last night .......http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737525
                also posted some pictures.

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                  shanghaikid RE: hhc Jan 24, 2011 02:28 PM

                  bocanova's $20 lunch menu
                  -peruvian black olives
                  -divrete boca (shooter of tomato+ tasting soup)
                  -shrimp & yuca fritters -micro cilantro
                  -garden lettuce salad
                  -panko crusted chicken breast
                  -kobe style bevette steak
                  -mexican rice
                  -roasted pineapple empanadas
                  *minibites of aforementioned dishes, all fresh and innovative. well worth $20
                  $30 dinner, seafood instead of chicken.

                  other insights jls:
                  *comped homemade chips, shrimp salad or beer battered fish & chip, glass of 2008 merrymont? chardonnay, jack raspberry (dessert)

                  *choice of
                  * a first (mac cheese, clam chowder, and ?
                  *a 2nd (4 choices, forgot what)
                  *a 3rd(3 choices, also forgot)

                  *wedge lettuce salad + choice of bbq ribs or black tiger shrimp + ? (dessert?)

                  1. singleguychef RE: hhc Jan 25, 2011 02:33 PM

                    Had a nice meal at Chop Bar last night (one of the few places opened on a Monday), and its $30 three-course deal is an absolute steal because it comes with all-you-can-drink wine!!! They offer a red or white, and I got the red which was a local red from Alameda. It was really easy to drink, medium body, with a lot of plum flavors. I ended up drinking what would equal two glasses. Then for the food the first course is an arugula salad or soup of the day (last night it was carrot soup). I got the carrot soup and thought it was heavy on the cumin because it was a curry carrot themed soup.

                    Second course is pork shoulder ragu over polenta or pappardelle with broccoli rabe. I got the ragu and it was tender shredded slow cooked pork. The polenta was really creamy and reminded me of creamy grits. Overall a nice satisfying dish.

                    I have to say the highlight for me was the pumpkin bread pudding. It was this amazing soft but crispy like bread cake thing. Just something hard to describe. But you can see the pictures here: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/201...

                    Overall, I highly recommend Chop Bar because I left after three courses and two glasses of red wine for $32, then I added $8 tip because the bartender was super friendly. So all that for about $40 including tax and tip is pretty amazing I think.

                    The only downside I would say about Chop Bar is the location, on the edge of Jack London Square. I walked from the bus stop and it was dark and quiet. If you can drive to them directly, I would recommend that.

                    Jack London Square
                    70 Washington St # 207, Oakland, CA

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                      oaktowngirl RE: hhc Jan 25, 2011 06:01 PM

                      Dinner @Yoshis. 2 people, $30 each, 4 courses.. Started with Kobe beef tataki for one person and seaweed salad for the other. Very nice. 2nd course was veg tempura and shrimp fritter. Tempura was standard fried veg, fritter was light and crispy veg and shrimp nest. Entrees were salmon and Kurobata pork. Both very well prepared. Ordered a side of brussel sprouts with capers and cauliflower puree that we loved. Complimentary glass of junmai daiginju sake, Yoshis house label. Dessert was choice of anything on the dessert menu. Chocolate cake with ganache was okay. Lemon meringue cheesecake was excellent. Half price wine on Mondays (chose a decent Tempranillo) They appear to have a regular prix- fixe menu, they said they just added the sake for the restaurant promotion. Will definitely return. This is one of those places you keep meaning to check out, but you don't know if a show is happening and it is too far to just drop in.

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                        oaktowngirl RE: hhc Jan 25, 2011 06:09 PM

                        Tuesday, lunch at Bellanico. $20, three courses and glass of red or white wine. Appetizer was cauliflower sformato with soft egg yolk middle. This was really nice. Light like a souffle with a bit of fall flavor in the runny yolk. Entree was guanciale wrapped tombo tuna on a bed of couscous shaped pasta with roasted garlic and green onions. I really liked this. I am very happy when someone jazzes up a fish entree. Dessert was an espresso/bittersweet chocolate panna cotta with cacao nibs. Only okay, too much going on in a delightfully lunch sized portion of dessert. I appreciate that they offered choices in each category. Another place slightly off my beaten path, but had been on the list to try.

                        4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

                        1. shu0912 RE: hhc Jan 26, 2011 10:41 AM

                          Had dinner at Pican last night. The $40 menu consisted of a choice of beet salad or crawfish and sausage gumbo, smoked chicken thighs and beignet with bourbon. I chose the prix fixe menu while Hubby had the Berkshire pork chop. They ran out of smoked chicken and substituted it with fried chicken, but not without protest. Once we got the food, it was not bad. The gumbo was richly flavored, despite having only bits of sausages. I like that they didn't use okra or file but maybe it's not the gumbo for everyone. The fried chicken was perfectly fried and flavorful. Hubby's pork chop was a thick chop cooked slightly pink in the middle. We also ordered their award winning smoked brisket braised collards that was delicious and had very nice texture. Dessert was two pieces of beignet with two shots of bourbon. The beignet was light and fluffy and Hubby said one of the bourbon was quite good. None of the dishes were on the regular menu but judging from the price of the other entrees, it would be around the same price if they were ordered off the regular menu. The bourbon is the little extra but if you don't care for bourbon, it's probably not worth going for restaurant week.

                          Pican Restaurant
                          2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

                          1. shu0912 RE: hhc Jan 29, 2011 07:20 PM

                            Had a good dinner at Hibicus last night. The $30 4-course dinner consisted of a chicories salad, wild nettle fritters, a choice of fried chicken or oxtails for entree and bread pudding with rum tasting for dessert. I felt this was one of the best deals of the Oakland Restaurant week. I'd like to praise them for offering dishes from their regular menu instead of some random ones to go with the price. As for the food, the salad and fritters were tasting size portions but sufficient enough to show off what the kitchen can do. The fritters had split pea and wild nettle inside and were nicely fried. The oxtails was just okay, the sauce was a little sweet for me but I am not usually an oxtail fan. The fried chicken had perfect crunchy skin and the breast had an injection of herbs which made it extra tasty, I liked this fried chicken much more than the one at Pican. The bread pudding was one of the best I've had, not overly sweet, the texture was light with hint of vanilla that went along well with the rum. The food was good, the service was friendly, we will go back.

                            Pican Restaurant
                            2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

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