Copper Spoon 4031 Broadway/41st St., (510) 897-7061. L M-F, SunBr, D daily. It’s all about the bar here, though the food service is good and enhances the drinks. The pleasant sleek-yet-cozy interior features high ceilings, a stained concrete floor, and natural light from oversize front windows. Seating is available at a long bar as well as in an adjacent, more private section that has small tables and booths and is closed off by a partition. There is additionally a remote area in the back. On my visit, I sat in the quieter private section and found myself wanting to see what was going on in the very lively bar area, but I was unable to see over the partition without standing up. Next time I will secure a bar seat.
|bar at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California|
|dining room at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California|
From a selection of classic, contemporary, and original cocktails I chose the whimsically named, “healthy” Down The Rabbit Hole made with mezcal and some other earthy ingredients. It was quite carrot-orange, served in a cute little glass, and topped with a red dot and a tiny marigold flower (think India). Next time I plan to try the Don't Mind If I Do . . . (mezcal, passion fruit, and lime with a Santo Domingo float). My companion was also pleased with his Golden Triangle (Tequila, Cappelletti, vermouth, and lime).
|Down the Rabbit Hole cocktail at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California|
Though main dishes are available--I’ve heard good things about the chickpea cakes and roasted chicken--we decided to order from the appetizer section and share everything. We started with the soup (we ordered two), which this day was a refined, delicate cold coconut milk combine with fresh corn puree. It was followed by Breads & Spreads consisting of small slices of toasted sourdough baguette and four colorful pureed spreads: green Blue Lake beans and celery; orange red pepper hummus; red beets and goat cheese (our favorite); red tomato and bacon jam.
|coconut milk-corn puree soup at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California|
|Breads & Spreads at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California|
Then came deviled eggs that consisted of four halves topped with a teeny, tiny bit of pickled mustard seed and a teeny, tiny fried broccoli flower. Our final dish was a delicate fried rock fish with house-made chips.
|deviled eggs at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California|
|fried rock fish at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California|
Desserts were a choice of carrot cake, chocolate mousse, panna cotta, and a nectarine bread pudding (our choice, but it was more a dense cake than pudding). The use of mix-matched plates and flatware added to my aesthetic enjoyment (one of the plates was from the same pattern as some in my own eclectic collection at home). Note that a 3% service charge is added to the check for the kitchen staff.
|nectarine bread pudding at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California|
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