Forma bakery ready for debut, plus new Indian, Vietnamese and breakfast restaurants – Berkeleyside

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Chef-owner Linda Edson of Treasure Island’s Aracely Cafe, and before that Axis Cafe in San Francisco, has opened the lovely new Aracely Lounge in Danville. Edson has a fine dining background, so expect luxe touches on brunch, lunch and dinner plates featuring seasonal California cuisine with global influences. By design, the pretty venue is also ideal for private events. Aracely Lounge, 148 E Prospect Ave., Danville

The Clocktower Lafayette shopping area has a new tenant in The Breakfast Club, the trendy California minichain with a second East Bay location in Walnut Creek, known for addictive breakfast and brunch plates such as elaborate American-style omelets, churro or raspberry-cream-cheese French toast, as well as plates with a mix of global influences such as the breakfast chow mein. The Breakfast Club Lafayette, 3577 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (at The Clocktower), Lafayette

At long last, the new little bakery with French technique and Mexican flavors is ready to open in Oakland’s Temescal on May 29. Forma is led by Jackson Schnetz (Fournee), a baker trained in viennoiserie, whose restaurateur family with Guadalajara roots is behind Xolo, La Esquinita and the former Dona Tomas. Check out the look of these test goodies, and we’ll see you in line. Forma Bakery, 4920 Telegraph Ave. (near 49th Street), Oakland 

Walnut Creek has a new north Indian restaurant in Methi Indian Cuisine, featuring a bright, modern dining room with ceilings draped in marigold-yellow decor. Reviews are enthusiastic so far for both dine-in and takeout dishes, including thumbs up for impressive spice levels for those who prefer them. The restaurant’s name means “fenugreek,” used often in Indian cooking. Beyond the Creek first shared the news. Methi Indian Cuisine, 1251 S. California Blvd. (between Olympic Boulevard and Botelho Drive), Walnut Creek

The beloved former OB Town restaurant space (closed in 2022) has reopened as mother-and-daughter-run Me Va Con, which means “mother and child.” The restaurant specializes in Vietnamese sandwiches, noodles and small plates, and Oaklanders are lining up to sample the intriguing fare. Me Va Con, 6101 Telegraph Ave. (at 61st Street), Oakland

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