Tastes of the Orient
“At last there’s a Vietnamese restaurant on Piedmont,” said an excited friend who lives just off the avenue and regards the length of it as her dining room.
“We completely redid the place,” chuckles Xyclo manager Adrian Hoang. “We spent eight months getting ready to open because as a family, we wanted consensus on everything. That wall, for instance—we must have tried nine colors before we found one everyone decided they liked!”
In the kitchen at family-run Xyclo is Vy Lieou, who trained at the California Culinary Academy and cooks “modern Vietnamese.” Chili ribs, a signature dish, come crispy with peanut, sesame seed and mixed herb glaze. The Vietnamese carpaccio, says Hoang, is a traditional dish, as is the bun cha Hanoi (with pork, shrimp and grilled sausage) and the goi cuon roll (with poached shrimp and rice noodles). The $10 lunch menu offers a choice of starters and entrées, plus soup or salad, and the bar serves a creative selection of cocktails, most made with a sake or soju base.
Xyclo, 4218 Piedmont Ave. Open seven days a week. 11 a.m.-2.30 p.m. lunch and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. dinner. (510) 654-2681.
Yoshi’s Jazz House is adding a new star to its lineup, only this individual does not play any musical instruments. Instead, new executive chef Shotaro “Sho” Kamio, the former head of Ozumo in San Francisco, will perform in the kitchen as Yoshi’s completely transforms its menu this fall. The new menu will focus on sushi and contemporary Japanese food and will feature original creations from the popular chef.
Yoshi’s is open for dinner nightly, Sunday lunch and adds a happy hour from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. weekdays.
Yoshi’s Jazz House, 510 Embarcadero West, (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com.