Carol & Joe Davis
Berkeley now has a great new restaurant that features seasonal
farm fare and organic fruits and vegetables that are carefully
sourced and thoughtfully prepared by Executive Chef Sean Baker
who honed his culinary skills at Millennium. They serve Breakfast,
Lunch and Dinner in a comfortable environment which is very active
and lively. The décor features tables made from reclaimed
wood, recycled vodka bottles for lights and an open exhibition
kitchen. The philosophy is 50/50 Vegetarian and Omnivore and includes
Vegan offerings as well.
started out with Organic Cocktails including a tasty CapRock Organic
Vodka Martini. The Small Plates that we enjoyed included the Vegan
Mushroom Bruschetta with morel mushrooms , leak cashew sauce,
red dandelion greens and shaved spring onion and the Omnivore
28 month cured ham with grilled Castelfranco, marinated crescenza
and cardoon-almond salsa. Both had subtle flavors and were neither
too rich nor too salty.
loved the Lindencroft Farm chili-chorizo Soup with red Russian
kale chickpeas and cilantro. It had a wonderful broth. The Vegan
"Charcuterie" looked and tasted excellent. The Shaved
Asparagus with heirloom carrots, peas, chili oil, and mint was
quite spicy. The Chickpea "pate" with grilled endive,
young radishes and roasted King Trumpets was also a treat. The
Salt roasted fingerling potatoes with roasted Hen of the Woods
mushrooms, rabe leaves, spring onion butter and Spanish red spring
garlic were excellent. The Roasted Beets with their tops included
a walnut herb sauce which was excellent! The Fried Tofu Skin Bruschetta
with avocado, spicy baby fennel escabeche was fabulous as well.
The Entrée that we really enjoyed was the Pork Cheeks with
caramelized onions and bacon with a green garlic fava bean puree.
While dining, we also enjoyed visiting with our neighbors in this
saved room for the desserts. We loved the Home made Ice Creams
and Sorbets which were really luscious and had intense flavors!
The Wine List features many Biodynamic, Organic and Sustainable
grown wines. We enjoyed the 2007 Spot-On, Orsi Vineyards, Mendocino
Pinot Blanc and the 2005 Old River, Ponderosa Vineyards, Sierra
Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon.
which has only been open since the beginning of the year was packed
on the Thursday night that we dined. Featuring Vegetarian, Vegan
and Omnivore fare with generous portions in a friendly upscale
atmosphere in one of the Greenest buildings on the West Coast,
makes Gather a great new dining destination!
There is even reasonably priced parking underground in the Building.
2200 Oxford Street @ Allston
Berkeley, CA. 94704