Breakfast at Hopscotch Restaurant

by foodhoe on February 3, 2014

1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA | 510.788.6217 | website


I finally made it over to Hopscotch Restaurant in Oakland to check out their weekend brunch, which begins at 10:30 am.   It is a cozy retro diner on the fringe of Oakland’s uptown neighborhood that serves modern American food with a Japanese sensibility and some badass and beautiful cocktails.  Chef Kyle Itani studied at the CCA (now Cordon Bleu) and worked under Shotaro Kamio at Yoshi’s and Ozumo, and was selected as a Rising Star Chef in 2013 by the Chronicle, who also rated the restaurant with 3 stars. I had only been for happy hour once and to their epic Meatball popup last year and was really intrigued by the glowing descriptions of the whimsical interpretations of diner standards by chef Itani.


I’m an early riser so Mr. K and I got there right when they opened and we scored a bright window seat.  Our server began by asking if he could start us with any cocktails.  We considered this but went with coffee as we had errands to run and things to accomplish, sigh… When I saw the Yonsei Oyster ($5 ea) on the menu, which is a briny oyster topped with sea urchin, salmon roe drizzled with citrus soy ponzu, I ordered one for each of us.  They are an unusual way to start breakfast, but really woke up our tastebuds and made us wish we had started off with cocktails and a platter of these.


I couldn’t resist ordering the Kimchi Fried Rice and Soy Sauce Eggs with a slice of pork belly ($16), the jidori eggs were cold but gorgeously jiggly and the exteriors were lip smackingly infused with soy.  I’d go back for the eggs alone!  The fried rice was full of crunchy kimchi and the comforting flavor of soy and a rich patina of oil that perfectly complemented the opulent eggs and the luxurious slice of pork belly. Super totally decadent and delicious.


Mr. K had the breakfast platter Veggie Scramble ($15) with shishito peppers, caramelized onions, manchego cheese and toast with green salad and served with cast iron skillet potatoes.


Oh my.  Those potatoes were incredible, decadent and rich in a creamy sauce then topped with melted cheese and fresh chives.  I helped Mr. K finish every single bit of those delectable taters.


They had a dessert menu, which I looked at but was so completely stuffed that sadly, I had to pass…  I am definitely coming back for the fried chicken and burger and I love that their list of wines begins with the mantra, “I will not drink bad wine” repeated three times.


I can’t believe I waited so long, it was so good, so much better than anything I’d had in a long time and we go out for breakfast a lot.  It was expensive though, close to $80 after tip and we didn’t have cocktails…  And I can’t wait to go back!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa February 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

Mouthwtering food! I really like that veggie scramble.




Marty February 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Looks pretty good. We may have to check this one out when we get out from Florida.


Shikha @ Shikha la mode February 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

That’s an expensive brunch! Can’t say I’ve started a day with oysters, but they do look good.


grace February 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

this isn’t your typical breakfast food, that’s for sure. doesn’t mean it doesn’t look fantastic. 🙂


JB February 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

$80 ???
2 oysters = $10
Fried Rice = $16
Veggie Scramble = $15
Coffee, Tax, & Tip = $38 ?????

Might want to check your bill, lol


foodhoe February 6, 2014 at 10:03 am

JB, your math is as bad as mine! $41 for the listed items, and then add in $12 for two $4 coffees, one $4 orange juice, and we are only at $53. The total was $68, so we must had paid for someone elses cocktail! Sad, I guess we should have double checked the tab…


JB February 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

Lol. There’s no question why my wife handles the finances in our household. Oh well, it happens. Anyways, keep up the foraging, I’ve tried many of your recomendations and have yet to be disappointed. Thanks for saving me from wasted time and bad food !!!!!


foodhoe February 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

JB, Ha! and thanks for the kind words and for pointing out our lack of observation – how mortifying!


Kirk February 14, 2014 at 7:51 am

That oyster-uni-ikura has got my mouth watering.


Kelley February 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Great review and photos. What camera do you use?

BTW, we love Hopscotch too!


foodhoe February 22, 2014 at 8:45 am

Hi Kelly,

Thanks! I use a Panasonic Lumix which is not technically a DSLR but uses interchangeable lenses, the one I use is a Leica fixed 25 mm 1.4


Kelley February 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

Thanks for your reply. Which model, there seem to be a few? I so need a new camera. So many out there now, hard to pick one.


foodhoe February 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm

The model I use is a few years old, Panasonic Lumix G2. The lens seems to make the difference. The camera is quite compact, although I recently dined with Tara of Food and Other Things, who has a big Canon rebel, check the photos on her blog, I think Canon is very reasonable


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