Haven Opens Wednesday in Oakland

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Dining room; photo by Daniel Patterson via Twitter.

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Counter seating at Haven; photo by Daniel Patterson via Twitter.

It’s been a long time coming: opening for dinner this Wednesday December 14th in Jack London Square is ~HAVEN~, the latest Daniel Patterson Group project. Executive chef Kim Alter (Plate Shop, Ubuntu) will be offering a menu of new California cuisine, featuring whole animal and vegetable preparations, and most items on the menu are meant to be shared. Some sample dishes are roasted chicken with farro, foie chicken jus, and fall vegetables, and family-style clams with bacon, bourbon, turnip, and sea beans. Just wait until you try her smoky fettuccine with pancetta and egg, a dish I tasted at one of her preview dinners at Plum. (You can also peek at this snapshot of the menu from a friends and family dinner Monday night.) Pastry chef Matt Tinder’s desserts include a half dozen profiteroles with salted almond and burnt orange caramel, and cocoa nib torrone with dates, shortbread, and rice sorbet.

Like Patterson’s other restaurants, Scott Kester designed the 3,000-square-foot space; it features handcrafted and salvaged materials, Shaker-style chairs, plus exposed brick and vintage factory lighting. There’s also a view of the water and plenty of windows and natural light. There are 65 seats, plus a 12-seat bar and 12-seat dining counter overlooking the open kitchen. Full bar. Hours are Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm.