Camino is a restaurant in the Grand Lake area of Oakland, California that opened in 2008. This restaurant is run by Chez Panisse alumni and has ever changing menu with only 3 entrees. Food depends on what is in season and available that day. Focus is on organic and sustainable items. Call ahead to see when is scheduled as we saw a someone leave after they saw the menu.
Decor, Vibe – Exposed brink, lots of wooden tables and benches. Long communal tables, open kitchen with big wood fire burning. Herbs hanging from chandeliers. Folk were mostly in their 30’s and 40’s. Lots of couples.
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Belgian endive ($10) and black trumpet mushroom salad had lightly cooked endives along with cooked mushrooms. Another light healthy salad with a blend of contrasting flavors.
Grilled, roasted and braised spring lamb ($25) with snap peas, farro and mint was seen roasting in the back. Perfectly cooked meat with a nice natural au jus made this dish wonderful especially on Easter.
Wood oven roasted local clams and ling cod ($20) with new potatoes, wild fennel and saffron was another ‘light’ dish flavored by all the juices from the fresh clams and cod fish, along with fennel. Light, juicy, flavorful, healthy.
Arugula and citrus salad ($10) green olives and preserved lemon had very fresh green and slices of grapefruit making it a strongly flavored salad with light dressing.
Rum, lime, ginger, mint, gum syrup cocktail ($10) was strong and very sour. Quite a combination, so order it only if you like it that way.
Camino had decent service although the waitress was not the most friendly. The food at Camino was refreshing on the light side, free of heavy sauces. The menu changes daily, so you need to check ahead before going, unless you have a flexible palate like we do.
Glasses of wine from $7.75, bottles from $30.