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A staple of Vietnamese cuisine in Old Oakland, Le Cheval has been serving patrons for over a quarter of a century. Their vast, decorative dining hall is ideal for large gatherings, as is their "Bo 7 Mon" meal, seven courses of beef cooked and served at the table. Le Cheval features an extensive menu, serving specialties in beef, poultry, fish, salad, and rice, along with a full bar. If the menu size seems daunting, there are always favorites to rely on, like the claypot fish or appetizing Imperial Rolls.
After creating a fan base in San Francisco and Oakland by appeasing the foodies with lip-smacking Caribbean food at various restaurants and pop up kitchens at bars across the city, award-winning Chef Sarah Kirnon made a smart move by opening her first restaurant closer to the Oakland city center. Result is a culinary onslaught by the master-chef, backed by the same chicken, crab and grits delicacies which earned her a name among the food connoisseurs. The food, as she boasts, is deeply inspired by her grandmother's take on Caribbean food, which she appears to have mastered to perfection. Do try the goat stew which is served with red beans and rice, and, of course, the fried chicken just to check out what the hype is all about.
Dan Sung Sa is a quirky little Korean restaurant located near Oakland's Uptown. The restaurant is affectionately known as "Porno Bar" because the decor, both outside and in, are old Korean pin-up posters, mixed in with some pop culture movie and music posters. The menu features all the dishes you would expect to find on a Korean menu, along with some more adventurous and curious items like Cheese Corn. As far as liquids go, you can order large bottles of Korean beer to share as well as various different flavors of Sojo. This is definitely a place for a fun and different night out.
Xyclo takes classic Vietnamese cuisine and puts a modern twist on in. Infusing elements of French cuisine as well, you will be blown away by the taste and texture of whatever you order. The menu features a number of signature rolls such as the signature XYCLO roll with chicken, shrimp, mushroom, carrot, taro, glass noodle and nuoc cham and then fried]. In addition to the rolls you will also find a number of small and large plates, like the Saigon Devil Wings– chicken wings in a garlic caramel glaze, or the "Tumbling Dice"– filet mignon cubes, sautéed and shaken with garlic and onions atop a mix salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
This beloved, trendy and delicious San Francisco favorite comes to the East Bay. Located in Oakland's emerging "Gourmet Ghetto," this popular Bay Area restaurant never has a shortage of interest. Sample interesting and exotic menu items like the Rainbow Salad or the Tea Leaf Salad (made with fermented tea leaves), both featured on the Food Network. Burma Superstar is a great restaurant if you're in the mood for something a bit different and every bit as delicious. Note that Burma Superstar does not accept reservations, so you may be in for a bit of a wait, but the food is well worth the wait.
Riding high on the success of the original in Berkeley, Vanessa's Bistro's 2 banks on the same cutting edge cooking that made the original, a force to reckon with. Chef Vanessa Dang excels at fusing the zesty Vietnamese flavors with the subtle ones from the French palate to come up with a highly inventive menu that promises to delight. Tapas is the perpetual favorite on the menu and features some great choices. Apart from tapas, there's an excellent selection of meat and seafood specialties featuring the chefs trademark takes. The selection of salads and sides complement the specialties well. The wine list is extremely diverse and has something for everyone. The cocktail selection impresses. The restaurant interiors sport a vibrant color palette with Vietnam-inspired murals adorning the walls and warm lighting creating a easy-going atmosphere within. The restaurant offers catering and has good facilities for hosting private functions as well. Check website for more.