A native of Paris, Executive Chef Christian Nam-Hee sharpened his knife skills and his palate at l'Ecole de Paris des Métiers de la Table. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending the culinary traditions of his homeland with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth sweet-potato frites, quail stuffed with napa cabbage, and other dishes that embody the menu's inventive fusion spirit. To complement such an aesthetically poignant dining experience, the space itself—designed by DesignPlus's Pia Thomas—remains sleek and focused. The centerpiece is the bar, which glows a dreamy, iridescent amber that's complemented by ring chandeliers and absorbed by Italian leather chairs, a lounge area's plush velvet cushions, and tabletop black holes.
The cooks in Avocado Freddy’s kitchen, located in new downtown Hayward, have the pleasure of opening crates of produce straight from the vine, tree, or farm. The fresh contents of those crates fill their stations with the ingredients they use to customize their burritos, salads, and tacos. Diners can pick their own toppings including avocado, jicama, and limes, or opt for one of Freddy’s favorites such as the Cheesy Pleasy, with 100% Angus ground beef, extra cheese, and cilantro-lime rice, or the Fruity Adventure with rotisserie chicken, strawberries, and mint vinaigrette. Available options for all meals include shrimp, steak, grilled chicken, slow-roasted pulled pork, and Angus ground beef. Staff members also blend custom smoothies to order from bananas, blueberries, and watermelon.
At La Salsa, we bring the real taste and flavors of Mexico to life. Our open and inviting kitchen atmosphere, friendly staff, fresh ingredients, freshly prepared food and our amazing salsa bar filled with unique salsas that let our customers explore for themselves a multitude of ways to make our good food great!
Red-bricked walls and colorful murals of city streets surround the cozy main dining room at Main Street Diner, where a casual crowd noshes hulking portions of comfort dishes from the extensive menu. Starters such as the buffalo blue mozzarella ($4.50) and fried pickles ($4) work tirelessly as palate prep for grippable grub, such as the zesty jalapeño chicken sandwich ($7) and the guacamole-infused California burger ($8.50), each served on a toasty bun. Dairy lovers can brain-freeze romantic moments as they sip from the strawberry milkshake ($3).
At Crabaholic, the fanciest article of clothing you're likely to see is a plastic lobster bib. Don't be fooled by this, or the paper-topped tables; lurking beneath Crabaholic's down-home atmosphere is a host of intricately flavored sealife.
Whether the chefs are filling their boiling pots with lobster, crawfish, oysters, escargot, or any of four breeds of crab, they lock in the flavors of the bayou with liberal doses of cajun spice tailored to each diner's preferred heat level and seasoning. Crabaholic does not limit itself to cajun flavors, either. The dungeness crab might just as easily surprise the palate with a glaze of tamarind or Singapore sauce. Likewise, the restaurant stocks wines, sakes, and Korean soju along with a full complement of domestic and international beers. Adding to the experience of piling up empty half-shells and hollow claws are the undersea murals along the walls and ceiling, complete with surf paraphernalia and life preservers for diners who are a little too hands-on about selecting their lobster.