Revel

Editor’s Pick

$$ Asian Fusion

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It’s fusion comfort food to wing you around the world, from the culinary masterminds of Fremont’s upscale fusion dinner house Joule. Revel is more downmarket—subway tiles, hard chairs, a youthfully informal vibe—anchored by a buzzing workshop kitchen and, in the adjoining industrial-chic bar Quoin, barkeeps who knit their brows like chemists while -precision-
dribbling lavender bitters. But the food’s the real revelation: a lineup of Asian street fare (dumplings, pancakes, noodle bowls) embellished across cuisines—now a dumpling stuffed with smoky Earl Grey tea-soaked ricotta and draped in delicata squash and candied pecans, now a pork belly–kimchi pancake loaded with bean sprouts and fire. Not to be missed are daily innovations like an arugula salad with corned lamb and nuoc cham dressing—showcasing this kitchen’s genius for layering flavors and textures. Desserts are fun and themey: ice cream sandwiches, soda pop, and other good stuff.

Last updated: 03/04/2014