For our anniversary we booked a table via OpenTable at this small plate establishment in downtown Oakland. From the moment we walked in the door to the moment our server Amanda chased us down the street with our bag of leftovers, we had a first class experience. Brenden, the manager, immediately made us feel special with his big welcome while Amanda presented us with a complimentary glass of bubbly! “We take celebrations seriously” she commented. The food is original and delicious. We started with the Monterey squid annatto, baby corn, and pickled potato along with the pork & bourbon hazelnut with apples and smoked mustard followed by the creamy avocado risotto with pistachio, lemon, and cucumber ribbons. . For our main courses we enjoyed the whole hog and the bavette quinoa with smoked carrot. Everything was simply delicious. Although the portions are not large, we still needed to ask for a take-out bag. For dessert, we recommend the profiteroles with plums which is just sweet enough to finish with a lovely glass of muscato.
The service was impeccable, professional, friendly, and very endearing. They made sure we celebrated a very lovely evening. We will definitely return and heartily encourage anyone to visit. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food, presentation, and attentiveness.
Note that you may not see the name of the restaurant nor the address from the street. Because it is an historic building, we were told by Brendon that they can’t do anything with the exterior which resembles a vacant office. Know that it is located across the street from Pican on a corner triangle off Broadway. Parking is available on side streets. The interior of the restaurant is hip and modern. Wooden tables are placed very close to one another to invite conversation with your neighbor. We did indeed talk with ours. The wooden chairs are hard and not comfortable, however, the ambiance, food, and charming wait staff are so superb that you won’t notice! Our thanks to Amanda and Brendon for a thoroughly enjoyable experience . Go visit and tell them the anniversary couple sent you.
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