Rice and Bones, a fast-casual restaurant from Slanted Door restaurateur and chef Charles Phan, is now open at UC Berkeley. Located in the university’s Wurster Hall, it’s Phan’s most recent foray into quick service beyond the warm embrace of his flagship — Slanted Door’s to-go operation Out the Door is connected to the Ferry Building restaurant.
The restaurant is open to the public, though it’s embedded on the Southside of campus in what is now the College of Environmental Design. Phan is familiar with the building, from his time as an architecture student at Cal.
The minimalist interior features light wood and modern art fixtures, with a mix of two- and four-tops and communal tables. The menu is short, too, with a handful of pho, sandwiches, Slanted Door’s spring rolls, and a mix-and-match option for mains and sides. There’s also breakfast, with porridge, buns, and the obligatory avocado toast. It’s all cafeteria-style, with diners ordering as they pass through the line, metal try in hand.
According to the Daily Cal, students are feeling skittish about the higher than normal prices at this campus restaurant. “You’re paying for the [convenience and aesthetic] of it … to me, that premium doesn’t make sense,” campus junior David Ying told the paper. Phan’s use of organic and sustainable ingredients doesn’t leave much room for affordable prices, though the restaurant is currently offering an opening discount of 25 percent, according to Berkeleyside.
For now, the restaurant is open for lunch from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m., though extended hours are a possibility in the future.