Diablo Dish: Get Wine-d Up at the New Residual Sugar
Saffron Indian Restaurant and Bar is open in Orinda; high-quality and affordable Mexican food is headed to Danville; a second life for the grand ol’ Pleasanton Hotel; watch Berkeley chef Samin Nosrat on Netflix; and more Dish.
Residual Sugar Opens Second Location in Concord
The Veranda—right next to the Willows Shopping Center and I-680—just keeps adding reasons to visit, and the latest is the second Residual Sugar Wine Bar and Merchant. The original is in Walnut Creek, but the Concord version will be bigger with a 100-seat patio and an expanded menu.
The focus will remain on the wines with 50 global varietals offered by the glass or bottle, plus 20 wines and beers on tap.
Eventually, lunch and brunch hours will be added, but in the meantime, Residual Sugar will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.
Saffron Spices Up Orinda Theatre Square
Saffron Indian Restaurant and Bar—where Table 24 and Wild Magnolia used to be—brings an extensive Indian menu to Orinda, offering everything from South Indian dosas to tandoori grilled meats, along with a full bar and traditional drink options.
And even though saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world—it takes about 1,000 hand-harvested flowers for one ounce of threads—Orinda’s Saffron has a more wallet-friendly approach.
iSlice Slides into Todos Santos Plaza
Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza has just about every variety of food one could ask for, but until Monday, there wasn’t a pizza place. iSlice (the original location is on Solano Avenue in Albany) now fills that need.
The New York–style pizza concept is family owned and operated. And unsurprisingly, there are not only full pizzas available for take away, but also slices to eat in the park.
Cielito Cocina Mexicana to Replace Danville’s Chow
Sometime in late January or early February 2019, look for Cielito Cocina Mexicana to bring regional food from Central Mexico to Central Contra Costa County. The restaurant will feature a wood-fired oven that will complement the house-made masa and mole, as well as a full bar focused on tequila and mezcal.
The goal for owner Shah Bahreini is to bring Comal-level quality to the San Ramon Valley in a comfortable, family-friendly setting—and we’re definitely on board with that.
The Pleasanton Hotel Revival Is Under Way
Ed Westmoreland, who runs Eddie Papa’s on Hopyard Road, is putting Main Street’s venerable Pleasanton Hotel back together, piece by piece.
On Monday, Westmoreland will open the Clubhouse, which offers casual lunches and dinners and houses the hotel’s 60-year-old bar.
Next up will be Lily’s Spirit Room—named for the ghost who purportedly haunts the 1915 building—which will be a more upscale dining spot. But that probably won’t be ready until spring 2019, by which time The Patio, a 100-seat outdoor space, will also likely be good to go.
After Closing in Lafayette, Smitten Adds Baked Goodies in Rockridge
Unfortunately, now that Lafayette’s Smitten is closed, you’ll have to go to Rockridge to get your nitrogen-chilled ice cream. But here’s some good news: The Smitten location there has cookies and brownies to go along with your ice cream and toppings.
To get the whole experience, go with the Smitten Trio, which includes a cookie or brownie, a scoop, and a topping. You can also check out some new flavors—such as pumpkin chai, brown sugar butter pecan, and huckleberry cream—which were all specially designed for autumnal enjoyment.
Danville’s Piatti Stretches Out
What could be better? After a 75-minute yoga class—with musical accompaniment—led by Just Be Yoga, participants are encouraged to relax with a glass of wine and healthy bites from Piatti Italian Restaurant and Bar.
The Saturday, October 20 event costs $50 and takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Luminary Farms in Pleasanton. Body, mind, chakras, and belly should all be happy by evening’s end.
Berkeley’s Comal Raids the HenHouse Tuesday
HenHouse has locations in Petaluma and Santa Rosa and focuses on underappreciated styles of beer, including the unusual-sounding Oyster Stout—yes, it is actually brewed with oysters. That brew, in fact, will be part of the $75, five-course meal that begins at 6:30 p.m. in Berkeley. Space is limited, so make reservations.
Netflix Keeps Cooking Up Shows
Chef’s Table might just be one of the best shows streaming today, and if you’re reading this blog, you are definitely the target audience. I envy those who are just starting, because there are five seasons’ worth of shows. Here at Dish Central, we’re down to just three remaining episodes, which we will ration out as carefully as possible.
Luckily, Netflix has added another four-part series ripe for binging: Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, which is aimed toward aspiring home chefs.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat isn’t quite at the same viewing level as Chef’s Table, but its gorgeous cinematography follows an East Bay chef who might just make you a better cook too.