Best Thing We Ate

Osmanthus Renews Your Brussels Sprout Crush

By Virginia Miller  |  June 26, 2014
Credit: Virginia Miller

Newish in Rockridge, Osmathus provides a mix of Chinese, Japanese and even some Burmese touches — the latter nods to Nan Yang, the Burmese restaurant that was at its address for many years. The restaurant quietly slid open on College Avenue last November with a refined, modern and soothing Asian aesthetic marked by dark woods, a relaxed vibe and a reasonably mid-range menu of vibrant Asia-influenced dishes from Terra alum Julia Klein.

Eat This: We find comfort in Klein's bowl of smoked trout fried rice ($12), laced with fried garlic and ginger. But, funny enough, fried brussels sprouts ($9) — one of the most overdone dishes of the last decade — is our favorite dish. Yes, bacon and brussels have been partnered a million times, but here the pulled apart leaves are tossed with salt pork and honey-Sriracha sauce, for a lightly crispy, sweet-salty, drool-making bite.

Drink This: Order a crisp glass of 2010 Trimbach Gewurtztraminer from Alsace, France ($12). Or get Shangaied ($10), a cocktail blending blanco tequila, a hint of smokey mezcal, Thai chilis and Sichuan peppercorn for a little heat.

6048 College Ave., Oakland, 510-923-1233