Diablo Dish: The Salt Spices Up San Ramon
Upscale Indian in the Tri-Valley; Cielito debuts in Danville; creative East Bay eats for Off Menu Week; Oakland’s latte champion; and more Dish.
San Ramon Welcomes The Salt
“The most important thing is simplicity and the taste of the food,” says The Salt owner Srikanth Yendluri about his new San Ramon restaurant. “Salt is the simplest and most important ingredient, but there will be plenty of other spices involved.”
The upscale menu, however, is comprised of more than just Indian food. “We want to serve all the food that is universally loved, but with Indian spices,” says Yendluri. So alongside red paneer is shrimp and grits, and though naan is the featured bread, sweet potato churro comes first on the dessert menu.
In short, The Salt is both simple and complex and looks to be a worthy addition to the San Ramon dining scene.
Regional Mexican and Margaritas on Railroad Avenue
As always, things take longer than expected, but Danville’s Cielito has taken its final steps—well, almost. Dinner service, starting at 5 p.m., is now available, but lunch and brunch will arrive a little later.
Look for heartfelt Oaxacan and Pueblan cuisine (cielito translates roughly to sweetheart), a full bar specializing in tequila and mezcal, and an emphasis on local sourcing. The original plan was to open doors earlier this year, but—as we all know too well—things don’t always go according to plan. And what better time to start serving Mexican food (and margaritas) than the beginning of summer?
Abstract Table, Hopscotch, and Range Life Jump into Off Menu Week
Resy, an OpenTable competitor, offers another take on Restaurant Week with Off Menu Week (June 17–23), when chefs are encouraged to feed their creativity as well as their customers.
Joining the San Francisco–centric fun are three East Bay eateries. The always creative Abstract Table in downtown Oakland is known for pushing the boundaries, so it’s pretty much impossible to say exactly what they mean by their description of the five new dishes (“the way chefs love to eat”), but two words that are likely to apply are “unusual” and “delicious.”
Social-Affair Settles in at City Center Bishop Ranch
After two wildly different careers (mechanical engineering and textile design), Gunjan Madan turned, of course, to the dining industry, opening a tapas eatery that will feature an extensive beer and wine menu.
Her design background shows in the feel of San Ramon’s Social-Affair, and her attention to detail is clear in the handmade cups of the eatery’s signature chai tea.
Oakland Latte Master Claims a World Championship
We’ve all been impressed by what baristas can do with swirls of milk atop a latte, but who knew there was a Latte Art World Championship Open?
Mehdi Chung, the head trainer for Oakland’s Mr. Espresso, clearly got the memo, as he flew to Indianapolis and outlasted 63 other competitors to take home the trophy. Chung impressed the judges with his speed, line clarity, creativity, presentation, and more. No word on how the latte tasted, though.
Make Father’s Day More Fun with Fine Food
For his special day, Dad might just want to relax on the couch, an adult beverage in hand as he watches our local baseball teams (hopefully) win one. But what about kicking off the big day with a big-league brunch?
Eureka: Burgers, bourbon, and beer are a pretty classic Dad trio, and all three will be featured at the Eureka locations in Berkeley and Concord. Plus, an order of whiskey will include a complimentary whiskey glass (while supplies last).
Eve’s Waterfront: The Oakland estuary restaurant will serve a $50 enhanced buffet from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (Kids under 12 get in for $24.)
The Terrace Room: With “Hops for Pops,” all Dads will get a free pint of beer during the 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. brunch service. And there’s a bottomless Bloody Mary bar for $15.
Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill: A view of Lake Merritt and a classic brunch menu (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will make even the grumpiest Dad a happier man.
Farmhouse Kitchen to Add Yet Another Outpost
The southern Thai concept got its start in San Francisco in 2015 and now has two more locations in Oakland (Montclair’s Daughter Thai Kitchen and a Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine in Jack London Square), plus one in Portland. The critically popular group will be adding its next restaurant in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, though it probably won’t open until the end of the year.
Also in the works is a San Leandro project that will serve as the central kitchen for all the restaurants, as well as the site of a food truck—both should up and running by August.
Farley’s East Celebrates a Milestone
The Grand Avenue kitchen and coffee house was one of the first to begin the revitalization of Oakland’s Uptown, and next Tuesday, Farley’s East will celebrate 10 years in business. It’s never been harder for a small business to survive, especially a food-related one, so the all-day celebration is well deserved.