Osmanthus is an Asian restaurant located in the Rockridge area of Oakland. One glance at their menu and you can see that their food is inspired by a combination of Asian cultures — Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and more.
My family and I were wandering around the Rockridge area looking for a lunch place when we stumbled upon Osmanthus. None of us ever heard of it but we saw they had both Zagat 2015 and Michelin recommended 2015 stickers on their door, so we decided to give it a shot. We ordered these three dishes to share:
- pork belly, leeks, sichuan peppercorns
- smoked trout fried rice, fried garlic and ginger
- prawns, coconut milk, mint leaves
Let’s start with the pork belly. The pork belly was cut into thin slices, and each bite was super soft and juicy. I generally like thicker chunks of pork meat, but I didn’t mind this one because the flavors were really great. Even though the yummy fatty section was still there, having the thin slices made the dish feel a lot lighter than some other pork belly dishes that I’m used to.
The fried rice was okay, but nothing spectacular to write home about. The salmon trout taste did not come out very strong in the fried rice, but the garlic pieces added a great texture and flavor. The rice was more salty than anything else, but it paired well with the coconut sauce from the prawn dish.
Speaking of the prawn dish — this was my favorite dish of the meal. The coconut milk flavor was strong in this dish! I love coconut though, so it didn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I doused my rice with the rich coconut sauce, and it was delightful.
We also tried a couple of their drinks. I had the Snow White, which was a nice light lychee-flavored drink with a little bubbly from the prosecco. I really enjoyed this drink — it was refreshing and tasted much more fruity than alcoholic.
My husband got The Nessie, which is an alcoholic ginger beer with a candy worm. I’m not a ginger beer fan, so this was definitely not for me, but those who like scotch or ginger beer will probably like this one.
We didn’t end up eating dessert there, but they have a thai tea creme brûlée that I want to try next time.
6048 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618