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Champagne Is Flowing at James Syhabout's Commis Expansion

CDP is at your service

Patricia Chang

James Syhabout (Hawker Fare, Old Kan Beer Co.) is putting the finishing touches on a wingman for his Michelin-starred restaurant Commis: C.D.P., a new bar located next door to the restaurant on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. It’s now open for brandy, Champagne, and bar bites, though Syhabout, who designed the space himself in the image of Commis, says there’s still a few things to complete. A formal opening is scheduled for Wednesday.

Located at 3861 Piedmont Avenue (Commis is at 3859), C.D.P. has ten seats at a bar and 14 more at tables in a lounge area. That will give Commis guests a place to loiter before dinner or linger afterward. A supporting role is even in the name: C.D.P is stands for Chef de Partie, industry speak for junior chef or line cook.

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With small plates (stay tuned for the menu) C.D.P. could also play the role of head chef for those who don’t have the capacity to stick around for the Commis tasting menu. Syhabout’s flagship restaurant, which opened in 2010 and scored its first (of two) Michelin stars shortly thereafter, doesn’t have its own bar area, so C.D.P. might also be the lead bartender on premises.

The other headline in Syhabout’s world these days is Hawking Bird. His original beloved Oakland restaurant, Hawker Fare, closed this Spring, though its SF expansion is still open on Valencia. Good news for Oaklanders: He’s bringing Hawker Fare back, or at least some of its dishes, as a fast-casual restaurant focused on khao mun ga (poached chicken and rice) that’s headed to Temescal.


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