By Dana Eastland. STARLINE SOCIAL CLUB has a new chef in the kitchen, according to Scoop: William Lue, who has been running Burmese restaurants in the Bay Area for a long time. The plan is to bring the Starline staff’s favorite Burmese dishes to their kitchen, including the tea leaf salad, samosas, and rainbow noodle salad from Lue’s current project, Grocery Café. Lue won’t exactly become the chef at Starline; rather, he’ll be helping out in the kitchen and consulting until the current staff has mastered his recipes, says co-owner Sam White. 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way at W. Grand, Oakland, 510-593-2109.
East Oakland Laotian restaurant SOUK SAVANH has reopened after closing for a remodel earlier this year. East Bay Express reports that there is a new chef in the kitchen, though the recipes and dishes remain the same. Hours are daily 11am-3pm and 5pm-9pm. 1927 International Blvd. at 19th Ave., Oakland, 510-533-6021.
On Saturday December 12th, the HAPUKU FISH SHOP at Rockridge Market Hall is hosting a special tasting of seafood alternatives to Dungeness crab as well as holiday treats. There will be Sterling caviar, housemade salmon rillettes, and oysters Rockefeller, all available for tasting from 12pm-2pm. The holiday menu will be available for orders until December 31st. 5655 College Ave. at Shafter, Oakland, 510-250-6700.
Nam kaon from Souk Savanh. Yelp photo by Bryan W.