Published January 09, 2013
Three Ways to Approach Duende
Soon, you’ll finally meet Oakland’s long-in-the-works Spanish joint, Duende
. And there’s...
lot going on here
. Coffee. Wine. Art. Live music. Oh, and food from Oliveto vet Paul Canales.
We cut through the clutter to bring you this: the three best ways to use Duende...
When Spain’s just a little too far away.
At its core, this is a restaurant
specializing in all things Spanish. So you’ll channel your best Don Quixote and lead your date to a rustic
wooden booth. Dive into shared plates of pork chop/brussels sprouts paella and albondigas (meatballs). Then
tilt at windmills later.
When you’re heading to a party in Oakland.
On the other side of the bar is the
Bodega, which is sort of a café/wine shop. Here, you can pick up a little Verve espresso for energy, some
house-bottled olive oil for your hostess gift and some Spanish wine or sherry for the party. Or skip the
soiree and take the wine to your table.
When you want to hear the Wilco guitarist, minus Wilco.
The Fox is across the street.
There’s a mezzanine at Duende. So it’s only a matter of time—specifically, weekends—when that
mezzanine will host live music performances. There’s talk of flamenco and a residency with a Wilco
We hear those guys love flamenco.