Husband-and-wife team Trung Nguyen and executive chef Vy Lieou (also of Xyclo on Piedmont Avenue) have expanded the original Nob Hill location of Co Nam to a second location in Oakland. The Temescal location is a quán nhậu, which is best likened to a Vietnamese izakaya or gastropub where friends can hang out and relax over drinks and good food. The menu features three traditional Vietnamese items: bánh bột lọc (pork and shrimp dumplings), nem nướng (pork sausages), and bò lá lốt (beef wrapped in betel leaf), all of which are well-executed and ideal for sharing. The menu isn’t strictly Vietnamese, though — the fried wicked buns are a deep-fried version of Chinese steamed buns, stuffed with five-spice chicken thighs and Vietnamese-style pickled carrots and daikon. Traditional yet hard-to-find entrées like cá kho (fish in caramelized rock sugar sauce) and original creations like a giant river prawn with handmade squid ink noodles round out the menu.

— Katherine Hamilton


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Hours: Tue.-Thu. 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Sun. 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

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