We will be heading to Berkeley for a couple days with a prospective UC student in tow. We'd like to do a couple dinners (the types of places parents might take their college age spawn while visiting) and a couple lunches that are more geared toward said spawn's impending student-level budget.
My short list thus far includes:
Dinners: Ippuku, Gather, Comal, Tigerlily.
Lunches: Chengdu Style, Vik's Chaat, Chaat Cafe, Mount Everest, Taste of the Himalayas, FinFine, Cafe Colucci, Jayakarta.
A few particular questions:
- Is there a menu for Ippuku online anywhere?
- From the menu, anyway, Gather seems an awful lot like a Bar Tartine clone. That's not necessarily the worst thing in the world, by any means. Is this just my imagination?
- Any word on Tigerlily? Can't find much on the board.
By way of some explanation, some of these names come from actual research and inquiry - others are just from looking at a Google Map and saying "I wonder if that's any good?"
I've booked a Sunday brunch reservation at Camino on the way out.
I'm not averse to other Oakland suggestions, and Commis is high on my list but for the difficulty of convincing the rest of the family to do a tasting menu. Also Hawker Fare, Ramen Shop, Plum and Haven, though we'd somewhat prefer trying to get some Berkeley flavor.
Went to café at Chez Panisse years ago and was disappointed, don't need to do that again.