Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.
1) For this week’s restaurant review, I visited Lungomare, the new Italian restaurant in Jack London Square opened by local restaurant impresario Chris Pastena of Chop Bar. But what about the other half of the Chop Bar tandem, chef-owner Lev Delany? Diablo Dish has an update from Delany about his own waterfront project, Brotzeit-Lokal (1000 Embarcadero), which is on track to open in early May. As previously reported, the restaurant’s focal points will be house-made German-style sausages — Delany, of all people, knows how to cure some pork — and Bavarian-style lagers. Check out a tentative menu here. Oh, and here’s a novel idea: Apparently, boaters will be able to access the restaurant by sea.
- View from the future site of Brotzeit-Lokal.
2) More glad tidings for the East Bay’s fire-ravaged Chinese restaurant scene: Following last week’s news
of China Village’s (knock on wood) imminent return, Berkeleyside
now reports that Great China
— closed since a kitchen fire shut the restaurant down early last year — has finally been cleared to begin construction at its new location at 2190 Bancroft Ave. (the former Looney’s spot). The Yu family, which owns the restaurant, hopes the new and improved Great China will be ready to open by August.
3) Meanwhile, Chez Panisse
is now expected to reopen both its downstairs dining room and upstairs cafe during the first week of June, according to the latest update on the restaurant’s website
. The Berkeley institution has been closed since a fire broke out early in the morning on March 8.
4) According to Berkeleyside Nosh
, a casual Asian fusion restaurant called Claypot
will be opening soon at the old Bacheeso’s location (2501 San Pablo Ave.) in West Berkeley.
- Croissants by Barkada (via Facebook).
5) Courtesy of Tablehopper
, here are two photos
of the menu at Barkada
, the new bakery and cafe that’s opening next month in the former home of Remedy Coffee (4316 Telegraph Ave.).
6) All kinds of beer-y goodness coming to Berkeley: The city’s zoning board recently approved plans for a craft brewery called The Rare Barrel
(937 Carleton St.), Berkeleyside Nosh
reports. The new brewery will focus on sour beers exclusively.
7) In other beer-related Berkeley news, Grub Street
reports that a new taproom from the Chico-based brewery Sierra Nevada will open later this year at 2031 Fourth Street. And Berkeleyside Nosh
has the scoop on a yet unnamed “nano-brewpub” that will bring small batches of a variety of house-brewed beers to the Lorin District, at 1763 Alcatraz Ave.
8) Here we move into the realm of sheer speculation, but Eater SF
reports a rumor that Top Chef: All Stars
winner Richard Blais might be buying a house in the East Bay. Might the announcement of a new Blais restaurant project planned for, say, Oakland be the next shoe to drop?
9) Finally, take a minute to click through Food & Wine’s slideshow
of Blue Bottle pastry chef Caitlin Freeman’s gorgeous art-inspired desserts (h/t Grub Street
).Got tips or suggestions? Email me at Luke (dot) Tsai (at) EastBayExpress (dot) com. Otherwise, keep in touch by following me on Twitter @theluketsai, or simply by posting a comment. I'll read ‘em all.