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Guest chef in Oakland? Anybody been?

Mission Dec 4, 2011 07:46 PM

Address
5337 College Ave, Oakland, CA

http://www.insidebayarea.com/oakland-...

  1. Robert Lauriston Dec 5, 2011 07:50 AM

    Huh, a new chef every two weeks? Unique concept.

    http://www.theguestchef.net/

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Ruth Lafler Dec 5, 2011 12:58 PM

      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!

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      hyperbowler Dec 5, 2011 01:12 PM

      I stopped by today for lunch. At least for the time being, they're no longer doing lunch. They're closed on Mondays, and serve dinner Tues-Sun.

      Their website is somewhat difficult to navigate. For Guest Chef news, check out:
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guest-...

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      1. re: hyperbowler
        Robert Lauriston Dec 5, 2011 01:49 PM

        The FB page is confusing as well. Seems like maybe they're closed this week?

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          Scott M Dec 5, 2011 05:46 PM

          Website suggests the current guest chef has been extended through this week (Dec. 11th).
          From the looks of the menu much of what is being offered is pre-made by someone else.

          Acme bread, Fra Mani salumi, Humboldt Fog cheese, and all pastas made by Baia Pasta in Oakland.

          1. re: Scott M
            Robert Lauriston Dec 5, 2011 05:57 PM

            I think "extended through Dec 11th" was added after I posted.

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        abstractpoet Dec 21, 2011 10:46 AM

        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.

        http://www.theguestchef.net/menu

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