Oakland is getting another restaurant from renowned chef Paul Canales, who is known for his hip Spanish travel destination Duende and his many years of experience as head chef at the groundbreaking Italian restaurant Oliveto.
The new restaurant, named Occitania, is slated to debut this spring on 2401 Broadway on the first floor of the upcoming Kissel Uptown Oakland Hotel by Hyatt.
The new spot will be inspired by the Occitan language region, which includes southern France, the Alpine region of Italian Piedmont and Spanish Catalonia. Famous dishes from the varied cuisine are cassoulet, the hearty white bean and meat stew; Ratatouille, the classic vegetable for the summer; and bouillabaisse, the seafood stew.
As with Duende, Occitania showcases ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and fisheries. In addition to small bites and starters, a section of the menu will be devoted to baked gratins, with dishes costing between $ 6 and $ 28.
Canales is joined by Rafe Gabel, co-owner and wine director, and Brandon Cavazos, head chef. For years, Gabel worked as a restaurant consultant and beverage director at Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park, while Cavazos was previously head chef at Tank18 wine bar in San Francisco.
The sophisticated design will feature a neutral color palette and dramatic lighting, as envisioned by Oakland architecture firm Arcsine, known for Bay Area restaurants such as Duende, Calavera and Wursthall.
Stay tuned for more details as the opening approaches.
Janelle Bitker is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @janellebitker