The team that brought you Dona Tomas and Tacubaya comes to downtown Oakland with Flora, which opens tonight at 1900 Telegraph in downtown Oakland, near the Fox Theater and Forest City’s new Uptown development. The place looks fabulous!
Update! I went to Flora for lunch and took some more pictures (posted below). The place is beautiful. My photos do not do it justice.
It was unpolished, but overall I was pleased with my experience. It was clear that there are some kinks that need to be worked out, and the staff is not yet entirely comfortable with their roles. But this is common when restaurants first open, and they are clearly aware they aren’t quite finished, and everything was half-priced. I had a salad with chicken and mangoes and peanuts and a chili-lime vinaigrette – there was way too much pepper and the dressing was far too acidic, but I’m optimistic that this will be rectified when the kitchen staff has had a little more time to practice.
My date had a tuna melt, which he said was excellent (but noted that the bread was too big and he had to eat it open faced). He said “On the whole, it was very sleek, very sexy. It makes me want to wear a hat.” (Conveniently, anyone else with a similar impulse can pop into the nearby Hat Guys and pick one up.) He also noted that he was impressed with their nice soda selection. We shared a peanut butter sundae for dessert, which featured a very pleasantly salty ice cream.