by Alesia T. on
Du Nord is a small, but intimate venue. Low lighting, cafe-like table scheme plus or minus a few bar stool tables, but more reminiscent of a bar than a cafe. I saw what's-his-name here (will insert when I remember: Aidan Hawken*). It was a local LA artist I came upon back in the day--ok, I shouldn't imply it's that way back, but a good four years ago--when you got random friend requests from musicians on myspace. He had a beautiful voice and was performing here a few days later. After no more than a few clicks, I was inputting my credit card info. What's-his-face saw my myspace page, played into my weakness for indie rock music, and coerced me into giving up my credit card number with his angelic voice and skinny white boy (in chucks) swagger. I exaggerate not. My ticket included dinner and I remember the food being pretty bad. The dessert I absolutely hated. It was a peach or apple crumble of some sort, and served on a plate 5X bigger than the space my crumble occupied. Bits of the crumble were sort of just tossed onto the plate, the splatter not even wiped away. Yeck. Maybe lunch food is better. I'm sort of reluctant to find out. I will be back for shows though.
by Ross Stacer on
I remember this place when it was Vue. The space isn't utilized as well as it once was, no longer taking as much advantage to it's 360 degree shaped dome ceiling, but the place has it's own new appeal. The upstairs private cabanas are very cute, and the set up down stairs, with the circular seating area opposite the bar is a nice addition. The inner igloo (or at least it was once an igloo) does offer a a great white sandy beach-like feel. The drinks? Unless it's open bar, expect to pay the high price. Otherwise, it does have it's own charm, and if you're looking to dance here like you once did, I'd suggest going elsewhere.
by Zach J. on
This is the spot for Ethiopian in my neighboorhood. I particularly like it because it's essentially a bar...that happens to serve Ethiopian food, so hence the atmosphere is fun and casual. Its best to go there with at least a couple of other of people so you can take advantage of their family-style entrees (the best way to eat Ethiopian). I've only eaten Ethiopian at one other place in the East Bay, but it didn't compare to this place. Tastey stuff! Cool/fun/casual atmosphere. Check it out.