In early June 2018, Drip Line's Chef Nora Haron and the cafe's owners Josh Larson and Carrie Shores parted ways. When Haron struck out with her own cafe menu at Drip Line, she earned a loyal cult following in a very short time. The chef assured her fans that favorites like her Singapore Chicken Rice would be back, and she even hinted that she would open her own restaurant in East Bay.
Not long after leaving Drip Line, Haron held two pop-ups in Old Oakland (one was a tribute to the recently departed Anthony Bourdain), but there were no signs of a restaurant opening. Fast forward to today and Haron is back in action at Local Kitchen, bringing her delicious take on Singaporean-Indonesian dishes with Northern Californian influences and ingredients.
When asked about the unique flavors she brings to her menu, Haron is excited to spread the word about Singaporean & Indonesian cuisine: "At Drip Line, some customers traveled quite far for the hard-to-find flavors we served that they missed from childhood. Others loved trying dishes they've never tasted before. Singaporean & Indonesian cuisines are still underrepresented in the States, not yet having as much mainstream exposure as Thai, Chinese, Indian dishes."
Since 2009, Local Kitchen has provided wood-fired pizza and a Mediterranean-inflected menu familiar to Californian diners, but times have changed and they want to cater to the younger and more diverse customers coming into the Bay from all over the world.
To assist the restaurant in this next chapter of its life, Local Kitchen’s Jeff Handy was looking for a new chef and bringing Haron's Singaporean-Indonesian-Californian cooking to the kitchen will hopefully help them make that transition. The revamped menu boasts items like Laksa, Whole Roasted Branzino (with a sambal marinade, turmeric cauliflower puree and pistachio sambal), Chicken Satay and more.