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Monday, September 28, 2009

Izakaya Pop-Up with Local Flavor Hits Berkeley This Week

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 9:23 AM

click to enlarge Peko-Peko's buta no kakuni. - PEKO-PEKO
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  • Peko-Peko's buta no kakuni.
On Thursday, an interesting izakaya menu is popping up at a café in Berkeley.

Sylvan Mishima Brackett's Peko-Peko bento boxes were recently included in Gourmet as one of Fanny Singer's (yes, daughter of Alice Waters) picks of great street food vendors in the Bay Area (Brackett once worked as Alice's assistant). On October 1, he'll be cooking Japanese at Guerilla Café, 1620 Shattuck (at Cedar). The pop-up opens at 5 p.m. and continues late, with an individually priced menu whose details are still being worked out. Brackett thinks it'll include local edamame, buta no kakuni (pork belly from Marin Sun Frams, braised with shoyu and sake, with mustard greens), dashimaki tamago with grated daikon, gyoza with handmade wrappers ("like my mother makes," Brackett said), and some kind of local sashimi (kombu-cured halibut maybe, or albacore) with locally grown myoga (ginger flower buds).

Guerilla is fairly tiny, so small parties work best. You can call Peko-Peko at 710-3926.

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