Top Dishes to Try in the Bay Area

Top Dishes to Try in the Bay Area

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From Oakland to Downtown Berkeley...These are the top dishes to try in the Bay area 



Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House is an al fresco dining restaurant located in Jack London Square. Their seafood options vary from fresh oysters, to fish & chips and even lobster mac & cheese, dungeness crab rolls and their most famous signature dish, charred octopus. The deliciously gigantic octopus is poached 24 hours, charcoal grilled with an amazing aroma and a flavourful smoky sauce made with grilled red bell peppers has completed the dish to perfection. It's also served with delicious grilled veggies like baby carrots, zucchini and potatoes.


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Charred octopus
With squash, rainbow carrots, potatoes, pimenton

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Does eating with your hands sound clean or dirty? It depends. At this lively, new establishment in an old neighbourhood, the Chef, Hawker Fare, asks patrons to begin their basket of sticky rice with their right hand. The restaurant serves specially designed whilst local and organic Asian street food. The Hawker Fare's menu covers mostly Thai cuisine. One of their popular dishes is the 24 hour pork belly, braised naturally tender, with alternating fatty and meaty layers smothered in a strongly flavoured sauce. Believe it or not, it is best to pair this delicacy with a bowl of steamed jasmine rice and an additional sunny side-up egg on top. Oh! And don't forget the Hawker sundae too!


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Pork belly
All natural Duroc-braised pork belly, five spiced soy broth with fermented mustard greens, chilli vinegar

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Hawker sundae
Salted palm sugar caramel, candied red beans & puffed rice, jasmine whip

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In Swan's Market, near the Oakland City Centre Station, B-Dama is the one and only Japanese sake bar among all of the seafood stands. On the menu there's a moreish matcha affogato that everyone should love. A shot of thick and hot matcha, two small scoops of vanilla ice cream plus a sprinkle of chocolate chips; the fudge-like and bitterly sweet matcha has complemented it to heaven! A definite must-order!


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Matcha affogato
Vanilla ice cream with a shot of green tea

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Related: The Best Ice Creams in the Bay Area


Wood Tavern has been a top spot since its opening on College Avenue. This rustic, small family-style restaurant, which is often bustling with noise, offers amazing California-inspired dishes.
Served by a super-friendly bartender, who worked at Posto Pubblico (same group as Stone Nullah Tavern) years ago, I am told that their chef used to work at the Peninsula Hotel, in Hong Kong.
Their highly-raved about crispy pork belly is superbly excellent. Cooked with a crispy skin, succulently tender meat and indulgently fatty layers; this juicy piece of meat is accompanied by a very nice peach jalapeno salsa and mustard grains. Not to mention the two-note worthy cipollini onions on the side, which are also executed perfectly with sweet caramelisation.
To indulge your sweet tooth appetite, you can try the blueberry cheesecake sundae.


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Crispy pork belly
Frisee, peach mustard, cipollini onions, peach jalapeno salsa, cilantro, chilli oil

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Sometimes the freshest ingredient is what makes the best dish. Taking place at Fourth street in Berkeley, Iyasare serves one of the top dishes in all of the Bay Area restaurants, beet-cured ocean trout. It is impressively presented with the easily recognisable ingredients of refreshing yuzu aioli, delicious pickled beet puree and a lovely contrasting texture of crispy gobo. Each fillet is sliced delicately in equal thinness, which has been cured in colourful pink beet juice.
Another remarkable dish contains a combination of artfully plated pieces of sashimi, including fresh and plump sweet scallop, creamy sea urchin, and salmon roe. This dish is kicked up to the next level with an additional wasabi leaf and a tasteful nori ponzu. It contains a bursting umami flavour.


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Beet-cured ocean trout
Celery, roasted beet, pickled beet puree, yuzu aioli, fried gobo

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Ocean umami
Hokkaido scallop, ikura, sea urchin, fermented wasabi leaf, nori seaweed ponzu

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This casual eatery is a popular neighborhood restaurant in East Bay that serves classic flavours of New Orleans, like gumbo, fried chicken, jambalaya and sweet beignets. A definitive favourite is the fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. Slathered in Louisiana-style housemade barbecue sauce, the end result is an incredibly tender product that's sauced to perfection. Their signature hushpuppies are also a must order. They are basically fried cornmeal fritters. Dip them in the bomb honey butter and you'll be amazed by how crispy they are.


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Chef B’s honey-braised baby back ribs
With housemade Louisiana-style bourbon BBQ sauce

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