East Bay News: Ramen from Sam White, Hopscotch Brunch, More


Ramen at the OPENharvest event. Photo: © tablehopper.com.


The onsen eggs Benedict at Hopscotch; photo courtesy of Hopscotch.

A bunch of news to report in the 510, starting with an upcoming ramen shop from Sam White, whom many know from OPENrestaurant events and as the former maître d’ at Chez Panisse. Grub Street reports the shop will open on College Avenue in Rockridge, in the location previously occupied by Tachibana. While the ramen will have a Northern California slant, the chef (Jun Furukawa) is coming over from Hokkaido, Japan, to consult and train. Timing is TBD, stand by for updates.

A fire last weekend shut down ~COMMONWEALTH CAFE~, hopefully it can reopen soon. 2882 Telegraph Ave. at 28th St., Oakland, 510-663-3001.

Diablo Dish (vis-à-vis a tip) reports Temescal’s ~REMEDY COFFEE~ has sadly closed after two years. 4316 Telegraph Ave. at 43rd St, Oakland.

In the good news department, ~HOPSCOTCH~ restaurant in Oakland debuted brunch service over the weekend. The menu includes a smoked trout scramble and an insanely delicious-sounding onsen eggs Benedict with shichimi togarashi hollandaise sauce (yeah, excuse me while I head over RIGHT NOW), with braised beef tongue and pickled shallots, or ham hock-braised kale, or roasted maitake mushrooms and sage. Boozy eye-openers, as well. Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm. 1915 San Pablo Ave. at 19th St., Oakland, 510-788-6217.

According to a post on Chowhound, the Pakistani ~KABANA~ in Berkeley has expanded into two locations. You can visit the new Kabana II location (1025 University Ave.) and score your tikka masala while the original location (1106 University Ave., 510-845-3355) is being remodeled.

Berkeleyside reports the “farm-to-fork” restaurant ~ORIGEN~ has closed on Telegraph. Can that phrase plllllllease end? Farm to grave. Seriously. 2826 Telegraph Ave. at Stuart, Berkeley.