From the monthly archives: April 2016

The story: Restaurateur Jonathan Moon (Blackwater Station) closed his Temescal izakaya Kushido to re-imagine the space as an Asian fusion concept, but scrapped those plans and went back to the izakaya format with his newly opened Hina Yakitori, which focuses on grilled chicken parts.

Why I went: I was working on a piece […]

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I feel like Chef Brandon Jew grew up going to the same Chinese banquets I went to as a child.

When my family went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant, specifically those serving up Cantonese cuisine, the menu typically had prix fixe banquet menus offering different number of courses at varying prices for a complete […]

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The story: Husband-and-wife Daiki and Sanae Saito opened Kiraku more than four years ago, bringing the izakaya (or Japanese gastropub) experience to Berkeley. The location was attractive because of the cheap rent, but the food they deliver offers a refined touch to the traditional izakaya.

Why I went: I was doing some research on izakaya in […]

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Pho King is one of those hole-in-the-wall joints that are no frills with homestyle dishes. It’s the kind of place you want to make your neighborhood eatery but so many people talk about it it’s become one of those worst kept secrets in town.

This tiny Vietnamese noodle shop is at the start of International Boulevard in Oakland […]

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I don’t think there’s a better dish to celebrate the pure chicken-ness of a good chicken than Hainanese chicken rice.

If you’re not familiar with this dish, it’s extremely popular in Southeast Asia. In fact, even though it was created in Hainan — an island province in Southern China — it was adopted by other nearby Asian […]

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Stateside Bakery in Berkeley lets you relive your childhood, giving you permission to indulge in sugary treats that look like favorite snacks like Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, or Oreo cookies. But these nostalgic treats (at least for people from my generation) are made with quality, natural ingredients and no preservatives.

I finally got to try these […]

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Some things are worth the wait.

Atelier Crenn, the highly-praised fine-dining restaurant by Chef Dominique Crenn, has been open for more than five years. Since then it has earned two Michelin stars and thousands of online raves about the chef’s poetic approach to a tasting menu.

It probably would have been smart for me to visit […]

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The story: Jon Darsky’s beautiful pizza truck has been drawing crowds since it hit the road in 2012, often with long waits for the Neapolitan-style pizzas coming out from the Italian wood-fire pizza oven (yes, the truck is equipped to carry a heavy pizza oven). While the truck still makes appearances around town, you can […]

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