Guest chef in Oakland? Anybody been?
- Mission Dec 4, 2011 07:46 PM
5337 College Ave, Oakland, CA
re: Robert Lauriston
I like it! There are a lot of talented people out there (not to mention a lot of not terribly talented people!) who could use a venue to get some exposure, work the kinks out, etc. For for the jaded foodies around us who are always looking for something new -- well, there's always something new!
We got takeout last night - current chef is the paella guy, Paul Skrentny, and I think it'll be him through the end of December. Anyway, I like the concept of the place, and the space is small but nicer than I thought it would be.
But...at least for this go-round...the food was expensive and not that great. Small portions of seafood paella and Brussels sprouts, both of which were only about as good as what any decent home cook could make. The best thing was the chef's version of Scotch eggs, made with quail eggs and chicken sausage. For dessert, there was flan (pretty bad) served with off-season strawberries.
For those items, we paid about $40, and we were still hungry afterwards.