Shake well before using

Our friend Harry led us to a new place on Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland Saturday.  He knows the owner, and wanted us to try the joint out.

It’s name is Shakewell.  The facility is pretty amazing, with walls decorated with huge sheets of steel marked by geometric cutouts, large wooden piers and stone walls indoors.  The kitchen sports a wood fired pizza stove, and there is a full bar where the bottles are lit from beneath but placed in front of a too-busy wall.

We started with dessert–fried bread pudding.  Just think of it as high class french toast:

French toast like mother never made.

French toast like mother never made.

Just why we had dessert first I don’t know, but it works for me.

I had the soft scrambled eggs:

Eggs, brussels sprouts and potatoes.

Eggs, brussel sprouts and potatoes.

My eggs were wonderful, the potatoes a bit too crunchy for my taste.  No butter or jam for the toast, but Gail stole it anyway.

Harry had the short rib sandwich:

Braised short rib sandwich.  How to get warm from the inside out.

Braised short rib sandwich. How to get warm from the inside out.

Gail had the best looking dish of the day.  Maybe of the month–this is beautiful:

Poached eggs on falafel with Spanish chorizo.

Poached eggs on falafel with Spanish chorizo.

The Mexican chorizo is a loose sausage, the Spanish version is a solid sausage.  She loved this dish.

On the way out we met the owner, Tim.

Tim Nugent, General Manager and Partner

Tim Nugent, General Manager and Partner

Tim has a big restaurant background leading up to being an owner here.  I asked him to describe the menu and he said “Mediterranean with a strong Spanish accent”.  That works for me.

We liked the food so much we went back Monday night for dinner.  It’s that good.

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