Mid-Week Menu: Icey Cream Opens, Grand Lake Kitchen Expands, and Berkeley Gets a Poke Restaurant


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Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) For more than a year, the residents of Oakland’s Adams Point neighborhood have been eying the hot-pink facade of Icey Cream (346 Grand Ave.) — the long-delayed ice cream parlor from the folks behind Oasis Kitchen, the shawarma joint next door. Icey finally opened for business this week and immediately takes the crown for the pinkest ice cream shop in The Town, even if it doesn’t wind up being the best.

Icey is the only place I know of in Oakland that serves Lappert’s ice cream — a Sausalito-based company with ties to Hawaii, hence the high proportion of tropical flavors. (Apparently, Lappert’s is also the brand of choice for the ice cream shop inside Rasputin Records in Berkeley.) The shop also makes its own brightly colored macarons and meringues in-house.

2) In other Lake Merritt area news, Grand Lake Kitchen has completed its long-awaited expansion, doubling the restaurant-deli’s footprint, Inside Scoop reports. The restaurant now has a whole lot more room for indoor seating (which was practically non-existent) and an expanded dinner menu that now includes a burger. Will the obscene weekend brunch lines get any shorter? Time will tell!

3) Berkeley is getting a new poke-centric restaurant, Eater reports. #Poki (ugh, yes, the name starts with a hashtag) will take over the Mokka spot at 3075 Telegraph Avenue. Mokka’s last day of business is this Friday, June 3.

4) The enormous downtown Berkeley space that was home to Perdition Smokehouse (2050 University Ave.) now has a new tenant. Inside Scoop reports that Berkeley Social Club will serve “classic American” breakfast and lunch. For dinner, chef Nick Yoon will serve contemporary Korean fare.

Quabili Pallow at Kamdesh Afghan Kabab House. - CHRIS DUFFEY/FILE PHOTO
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  • Quabili Pallow at Kamdesh Afghan Kabab House.
5) Berkeleyside Nosh notes that Kamdesh Afghan Kabab House — a longtime Express favorite — has moved down the street to a larger space at 332 14th Street in Oakland.

5) Prima Materia, the ambitious restaurant-winery project from winemaker-chef Pietro Buttitta, is hosting a pop-up wine and appetizer night at Solano Cellars (1580A Solano Ave., Berkeley) on Tuesday, June 6, 5:30–8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

6) Attn: vegetarians (and vegetarian sympathizers): Journeymen, a monthly pop-up at Blackwater Station, is doing its first all-vegetable dinner pop-up on June 6. Check out the menu and buy a $59 (drinks-inclusive) ticket here.

7) Finally, ICYMI, I previewed a new deli in West Oakland and a new Southeast Asian restaurant from a Burma Superstar alum.

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