Interior of Origen; photo courtesy of the restaurant.
Now open in the former Locanda da Eva space in Berkeley is ~ORIGEN~, billed as “a farm to fork restaurant” from co-chefs Daniel Clayton and Trace Leighton of The Fig Tree in Pleasant Hill. The menu includes small plates, mains like duck confit sliders with green plum sauce and sweet potato chips, a paella made every hour, and wood-fired thin crust pizzas from the brick oven. Both wine and cocktails are available, and there’s a bar food menu from 3pm-5pm. Open Tue-Sun 5:30pm-11pm, and opening soon for lunch Tue-Fri 11am-3pm. Good luck with that location, guys. 2826 Telegraph Ave. at Stuart, Berkeley, 510-848-9200.