Gather Restaurant, Berkeley, CA

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gather, Berkeley, CA
Gather Restaurant

Restaurant Week #2 continues... We're still on the East Bay today in Berkeley, CA for brunch at Gather. This is a new downtown Berkeley restaurant that uses many local and seasonal ingredients.

Although we were close to the UC Berkeley campus, this brunch was all UCLA Bruins, all the time! There were 5 adults and 1 child. Between us, we have seven UCLA degrees! :) Goooo Bruins!

Gather, Berkeley, CA
Summer scramble
(Descriptions from menu in italics)
roasted corn, heirloom tomatoes, basil, scallion, roasted potatoes, shaved summer squash arugula salad, Three Sisters cheese $12

Sumi, my RA from the UCLA Sproul Hall dorms, got this dish.

Gather, Berkeley, CA
Acme walnut French toast
braised strawberries, maple walnut sauce, Straus yogurt (1 pc) $8, (2 pc) $12

I devoured this one. It was yummy...although I wish I ordered two pieces.

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Blossom Bluff stone fruit
saba, yogurt, Riverdog almonds $7

Agnes, UCLA roommate and traveling companion, ordered this dish. We had some mealy peaches the previous day, and Ag said these were perfect!

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Smoked onion cannellini bean soup
radicchio, Fall Press Sevillano olive oil, San Joaquin Gold Cheese $8

Shannon (double Bruin like me - UCLA BA and UCLA MLIS - Library degree, plus she has a JD from Hastings!) ordered this yummy soup. Agnes' daughter Julia also enjoyed a small cup of the soup.

Gather, Berkeley, CA
Braised mushroom sandwich
grilled ciabatta, cashew-leek "cheese," little gems $9

Diane, former UCLA roommate, ordered this sandwich. Doesn't it look yummy?

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Diane's vegan and got this plate of vegan desserts. I ate the perfect fig. Delicious!

Gather, Berkeley, CA
Shannon ate this ginger ice cream. She said it was very gingery good.

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Bread pudding and chocolate cake desserts.

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The restaurant had two performers on the patio during brunch, and they have a full bar.

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Agnes' daughter, Julia hanging out with Diane

Gather, Berkeley, CA
Sumi was the Resident Assistant/RA in the UCLA Sproul Hall dorms many years ago. Agnes and I were two of her residents during our freshman year!

If you are in the East Bay, head over to Gather for some fresh and vegan/vegetarian friendly food.

Gather Restaurant
2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, California 94704
On the corner of Allston Way and Oxford Street
Phone: 510.809.0400, Fax: 510.809.0404
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Azusa said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, I didn't realize... our similarities don't end at our food blogs and the museum connection. I was at Sproul, too! Weird, right?! :)

greydawn said... [Reply to comment]

wow~ that soup looks amazing! and I am enjoying the last few weeks of summer with my Bruin before he gets back to Hitch studying chemistry and Bruin grub!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Sounds like the worst lunch ever. ~wink wink~ TROJANS.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Your friends let you take pics of their food - they are keepers! :)

Courtney said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, everything looks great! I'm moving to just south of the bay in about 2 weeks and want to go explore Berkeley - will definitely try this restaurant!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

yum! the food looks amazing! and gorgeous peeps!

The Urban Baker said... [Reply to comment]

oh how I love berkeley! i miss my college days. don't miss Arinel PIzza on Shattuck and of course, yogurt park!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Everything looks so good, what fun! :)

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