Neptune’s Alameda soft opened yesterday. It’s the business that took over the old Fosters Freeze space. I noticed people in the building and all lights on early yesterday morning. This Tablehopper post confirms that they are open for business:
The daytime menu is Southern through a California lens, with some Filipino and Hawaiian references popping up too; ingredients will be sustainably sourced. The menu includes chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, housemade brioche buns, “Not Zippy’s” chili and rice (a reference to a popular Hawaiian dish), Hawaiian breakfast, a burger, and eventually soft-serve ice cream with special flavors of waffle cones designed to go with it.
There are 80 seats, both indoors and on a back patio they installed surrounded with redwood slats. They will also be launching a walk-up window in a couple of weeks, where you can get your lumpia to go.
It’s always nice to get new restaurant on the West End. Take a look at their instagram page to see some of the construction action.
In other West End news, long time Oakland institution Phnom Penh House is also moving to Alameda, but on Webster Street. They’re scheduled to open in Alameda around June. Angkor Grill (on Park Street) is owned by the same family. It says a lot about the demographics (or tastebuds) of Alameda if the Phnom Penh House family feels as though they can make two Cambodian food joints work in one city. But Phnom Penh House does have a bit of a loyal following and was featured on Check Please Bay Area a while back. My favorite thing is the tamarind soup with pineapples, tomato, and seafood. There’s a similar Vietnamese dish to the one made by both Phnom Penh House and Angkor Grill so I’m fairly excited that I won’t need to trek over to Park Street to get a fix.