Oakland news and notes 2018

Following up on the 2016/2017 thread for Oakland news, let’s hear about Oakland happenings for 2018!

I’ll start: La Perla, a Puerto Rican takeout place, is opening in a few weeks at 2020 Macarthur Blvd. a shared space with a convenience store in Oakland’a Dimond district. Any info on them? The other Oakland Puerto Rican restaurant, Borinquen Soul, is only open for dinner so I’m hoping they’re offering lunch.

from SFEater, ‘Oakland’s Desco to Close on December 31,’ Desco
499 9th St, Oakland, CA (510) 663-9000

Bourbon & Beef in the Rockridge has closed; gourmet burger + bar The Hideaway will replace it at 5634 College Ave. (near Keith), Oakland

Saigon Bistro is open across the bridge in Alameda.

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Himalayan Curry House is open in Montclair:

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Bird & Buffalo Thai open now


James Syhabout Hawker Fare Cookbook Release Celebration at Old Kan Beer & Co.
Come and join Chef James Syhabout in celebration of the release of his new, debut cookbook, “Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chefs Isan Thai & Lao Roots.” A full spread of recipes from the book will be served buffet style, with music and dancing provided by an Oakland based Lao folk band.

Price: $85/guest, which includes a signed copy of the book ($40 value)
Children under 6 are free, bring the family!

Limited to 100 tickets
Date: Sunday, January 28th, Rain or Shine
Time: 12 noon-4pm

excerpt from Janelle Bitker in the East Bay Express:

Syhabout is not shy with the dishes he chooses to spotlight: beef soup with offal, betel leaves, and bile; hot and sour dried-and-grilled fish bone soup; gelatinous chicken wings stewed with pepper wood, morning glory, and lemon basil. Still, many will be familiar to fans of local Lao restaurants, too: crispy rice ball salad, a variety of laaps, and of course, khao mun ghai. This khao mun ghai is the way he likes it, which isn’t exactly the version he serves at Hawker Fare and Hawking Bird. Instead of just thighs, this recipe uses a whole chicken, poached to the color pink and hacked up with the bones.


John Birdsall‏
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Whoa, Oakland Lao boy under the lights. Congrats @james_syhabout Not bad for a kid who got his start scrubbing woks in the family restaurant!