After a temporary shutter that lasted just shy of three weeks, Daniel Patterson's Haven is set to reopen tomorrow, January 23, with a new format in place. The new lay of the land is a "Chef's Choice" prix-fixe served family-style, a concept that harkens back to the restaurant's early days under chef Kim Alter. This time, it's meant to showcase the skills of executive chef Charlie Parker, giving himself the opportunity to try new flavors and techniques on a daily basis while staying true to the restaurant's casual roots.
The new plan is something of an homage to the family dinner table. Parker told Oakland Local that the meal should be "collaborative...like a big dinner party," as diners help themselves from large platters at the table. And true to the promise of family-style dining, the meal will begin with a course called "Breaking Bread," a bountiful platter of patés, cured and pickled items, and a selection of housemade breads. The menu will change daily, offering a set pasta course, a collection of sides to share, and a choice of entree, as well as dessert.
The new menu will be priced at $60 per person on Fridays and Saturdays, and $45 on weeknights. The bar will still be available for walk-ins, with an a la carte selection of cheese and charcuterie plates, pastas, and the Haven burger.