By Dana Eastland. SALSIPUEDES, the new full-service restaurant from Jay Porter (The Half Orange), Luis Abundis (Nieves Cinco de Mayo), and Bradford Taylor (Ordinaire Wine Shop) that we’ve been reporting on since 2014, is now open in Oakland. It’s a bit of a soft opening, with a grand opening planned for August 20th, so be aware that some touches to the interior are still being worked out.
The kitchen is up and running, though, and Marcus Krauss is manning the stoves, as we mentioned in May. The menu is modern, eclectic Californian, with global influences. Prices are reasonable, ranging from $3.50 for snacks to $18 for larger meat dishes. They’ve even got a Tuesday night “burger and fries” special, with a chicken katsu torta, tempura sea beans, and a draft beer for $20.
As for beverages, Porter created the beer list, while Taylor headed up the wines. There are five beers on tap, available either by the liter or the 350-ml pour, including the Sirena pilsner from Cerveceria Agua Mala, and the Cherry Kush from Ale Industries. On the wine list, you’ll find four white selections by the bottle or glass, as well as three reds, a rosé, and a sparkler. In addition, they are serving Sutton Cellars vermouth, straight up or with soda, “San Sebastian style.” They are open Tue-Sat at 5pm. 4201 Market St. at 42nd St., Oakland, no phone yet.
Last year, we broke the news on the expansion under way at ~RAMEN SHOP~. Eater reports that construction is complete and the new space is now up and running. The perpetually busy restaurant has added a cocktail bar space in the former luggage shop next door, which is where you will now enter (you can grab a drink and some bar snacks), and there’s a small front patio too. Next door, there are around 20 new seats in the dining room. All the additional space is intended to help alleviate the long wait times at the restaurant, and they’ve also added a special room for two new noodle-making machines from Japan that will allow them to double the quantity of noodles they’re making. There are even plans to add lunch and possibly even takeout in the coming months. It just keeps getting better over there.
There’s a new spot for alfresco brunch in Oakland now too. MILLENNIUM is now serving brunch on Sundays from 10:30am-2pm, and their gorgeous patio is the perfect place for it. They’re even taking reservations! Don’t forget to check out their cocktails too. 5912 College Ave. at Chabot, Oakland, 510-735-9459.
Cioppino at Salsipuedes. Photo courtesy of Salsipuedes.