~DUENDE~ is now offering lunch in the Bodega every day (except Tuesday). They started out just serving paella on Fridays, but now you’ll also find a rotating roster of seasonal options like empanadas, cocas (flatbreads), and tostas. The options are all available mix-and-match style: you just choose what you want, and how much, and it’s $1 per ounce. They’ll still offer paella on Fridays too. Wed-Sun 11:30am-5pm in the Bodega.
East Bay Express reports that North Oakland is getting yet another new restaurant, and this time around it’s a Vietnamese spot called MONSTER PHO. The owner is Tee Tran, who will be making pho using his family’s recipe. There are also other Vietnamese staples on the menu, including vermicelli, rice plates, and rolls. The grand opening is scheduled for March 1st. 3905 Broadway at 40th St., Oakland, 510-788-4459.
Berkeleyside Nosh reports that RASA CAFFE is now open in Berkeley. The new spot is from owner Rasa Sun Mott, an Oakland native who raised more than $12,000 for the project in a successful Kickstarter campaign. They’re serving Bicycle Coffee, with the option of a sweetened version with nutmeg, as well as Sun Mott’s own chai recipe. It’s right next door to the Firehouse Art Collective, and they’re planning to collaborate on events together. Hours are Mon-Sat 7:30am-2pm. 3140 Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Fairview, Berkeley, 510-499-3960.
The lunch spread at Duende. Photo from Facebook.