When Duchess, the stylish Rockridge eatery, closed unexpectedly at the beginning of the year, many were surprised and saddened. Now, chefs Andrew Greene and Duncan Kwitkor are back, with a series of creative dinners hosted at Oakland’s Gastropig Bar.

Abstract Table, defined as a permanent pop-up, is taking over the bar two nights a week, on Fridays and Saturdays, serving too-pretty-to-eat dishes on recycled plated and pieces of biodegradable wax paper. Before the menu changes in three months, Abstract Table’s first installment includes a series of small, Japanese-inspired dishes like delicate ocean trout in a striking green arugula puree; charcoal beet with furikake granola that you’ll want to recreate at home; beef cheek with turnip and sake glaze; and a pannacotta for dessert.

The artistic plating and serving is a homage to the chefs’ background; Greene and Kwitkor originally met at the San Francisco Art Institute, where both were studying painting. While taking less time than it does to complete an MFA, the menu was not a spontaneous affair; being three months in the making.  The price point was also carefully planned, making the dinner series more accessible. 

A 5-course meal is $50 and a 7-course meal is priced $70. Drinks can be purchased separately.

Abstract Table
Fridays and Saturdays, 6pm or 8:30pm seatings
The Gastropig, 2123 Franklin St, Oakland

Tickets available on Resy

Photo Credit: Dana Plucinski