The interior of Plum, now Ume. Photo by Scott Kester.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, ~PLUM~ in Oakland is opening for weekend brunch starting this Saturday May 7th. Items on the menu include a buttermilk biscuit ($12) with peas, ricotta, egg, tarragon, morels; scramble of farm eggs ($12) with spring onion, puntarelle, Parmesan; and corned beef and pork belly hash ($12) with slow-cooked eggs, smoked onion, and favas. Oh, and you can get the late-night burger ($12) as well. (Whether you put an egg on it or not is up to you.) For the complete opening brunch menu, click here. Sat-Sun 10am-2pm.
Brunch will be especially rad when the neighboring Plum Bar opens up. Construction is starting in a few weeks, currently targeting August for the opening. There will be many unique design elements, including a dramatic chandelier, reclaimed wood, handblown glass, and plants behind glass at the end of the bar (bartenders will use the plants and botanicals for their drinks). Scott Beattie is the bar consultant, and Michael Lazar (the scientist/bartender for Left Coast Libations) will be the bar manager. Since owner Daniel Patterson has to secure two separate liquor licenses for Plum and Plum Bar, and the restaurant’s license will hit first, look for drinks starting in the beginning of July after 10pm. It will actually be a way to try out “preview cocktails” for the bar. Cheers. 2216 Broadway at 22nd St., Oakland.