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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Chicken and waffles have hit hipster cult status with Soul Groove, a new pop-up restaurant located inside the Duc Loi Supermarket in San Francisco's Mission District by day, and late into the night at various establishments around the city. Soul Groove chicken and waffle sandwiches are made with chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, pressed between maple waffles and served with maple barbecue sauce and jalapeño slaw. Nighttime locations can be found on Twitter @ChicknFriedSoul, or at http://www.chickenandwafflesandwich.com/. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Soul Groove, Duc Loi Supermarket, 2200 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-551-1772.
 
Two new openings to report in the East Bay from co-chefs/owners Trace Leighton and Daniel Clayton. The Fig Tree in Pleasant Hill, that took over the team's former venue Nibblers, is an intimate, casual American eatery with an upscale burger bar menu. Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday. The Fig Tree, 1922 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523, 925-944-0402. In Berkeley, Origen has taken over the 80-seat space that formerly housed Zax Tavern and Locanda da Eva. "Origen" means "from the source" in Catalan, and Leighton and Clayton highlight local farms in their Mediterranean-inflected cuisine, wood-fired pizzas and noteworthy "paella of the hour" specials. Lunch is served Monday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Origen, 2826 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA, 94705, 510-848-9200.
 
Claudine has opened in the Financial District of San Francisco Claudine has opened at 8 Claude Lane at Bush Street in San Francisco's Financial District. The new little restaurant and wine bar from the team behind Café Claude and Gitane, and featuring Gitane's chef Bridget Batson, boasts an intimate, attractive space for roughly 30 patrons, as well as a retail area with takeaway meals and gourmet pantry items. Batson has crafted a short menu of casual, seasonal, globally-inspired fare made with local ingredients, including a raw bar and a beverage program, with select local wines on tap, curated by Mark Bright. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Fri. Claudine, 8 Claude Ln., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-362-1988.
 

News Bytes

Only One Seating per Night Now at Saison
Saison has made a big change to its dining format. Chef Joshua Skenes and sommelier Mark Bright have led the paring of Saison's dining room and dinner experience down to 18 seats and one seating per night for Skenes' 12-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The aim of the intimate arrangement is to make the best use of Saison's ingredients, many of which are foraged, as well as to offer diners the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the chef and sommelier. For diners intent on even further exclusivity, Saison offers 16-plus-course "chef's counter" dinners with wine pairings for $498 per person, all inclusive, available for four guests per night. To reserve a spot at the chef's counter, visit http://www.seatme.com/events/saison-chefs-counter/. Saison, 2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-828-7990.
 
Brown butter seared salmon from the fall prix-fixe menu at Roy Fall Prix-Fixe Menu at Roy's
Roy's is offering a fall prix-fixe menu that will be available through January 7. For a first course, diners have the option of crispy potato croquettes with salted cod, chive, smoked paprika and macadamia nut romesco; Fuji apple salad with smoked almonds, Madras curry purée, and sherry bourbon vinaigrette; or yuzu crab stuffed shrimp. Choices for the second course include brown butter seared salmon, Asian style coq au vin and cherry stuffed pork tenderloin roulade. For dessert, guests decide between spice cake with white chocolate pumpkin mousse and cranberry sauce and Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé. The cost is $35.95 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Roy's, 575 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-0277.
 

Chef Shuffle

Chef Ravi Kapur is vacating his executive chef post at Prospect. Prospect, Infinity Towers, 300 Spear St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-247-7770.
 

Closings

On November 19, 2011, a three-alarm fire demolished two popular restaurants near UC Berkeley. Raleigh's was a local watering hole and pub-grub favorite for 30 years, known for its pretty outdoor patio and spacious interior. Nearby Cafe Intermezzo was treasured for its enormous salads and fresh breads. Both establishments were located within the same 1916 building on the corner of Haste and Telegraph streets; its destruction marked the largest fire in Berkeley in ten years.
 
Miss Pearl's Jam House in Oakland's Jack London Square incurred severe water damage from a flood on October 22, 2011, and will be closed indefinitely for repairs. Miss Pearl's Jam House, 1 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607, 510-444-7171.
 

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