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Berkeley: Flavah Island Cafe - Jamaican breakfast, spinners, patties, festival and garlic shrimp with basil tomato concasse

rworange | Sep 26, 200903:59 PM

Jamaican Soul is gone and so is the funk. The restaurant has a cleaner, more contemporary look. The tables all match, the floor was redone and there is no rotating art show,only the brick walls.

Flavah Island is now in that spot next to Local 123. On Sunday they will be starting breakfast with a few standard low-priced American breakfast items such as

$2.99 - Pancake stax - four pancakes topped with fresh berries and a choice of chicken basil sausage or turkey bacon

The menu also says "Daily choice of Jaimaican breakfast favorites (prices vary)"

I'll post the menu in the first reply

While there are still some steam table items, gone is the pick and choose buffet of Jamaican Soul.

Today I had the curried goat and a ginger beer

The non-carbonated ginger beer was very good with nice ginger flavor and burn.

The goat curry was lively with spice. There were beef stew sized pieces of bone-in goat. It came with four slices of standard fried plantains, a carrot cabbage slaw dressed with oil and some tasty beans and rice which they top with a green sauce if you would like. While there was a liberal use of oil, it was a tasty lunch. My lips are tingly and my tongue is still warm with spice.

I caught a glimpse of the Jamaican patties that someone ordered. They looked good.

The menu says that spinners are traditional Jamaican dumplings. They are served with the braised oxtail.

They said they are under new management but I got a little lost as to what that meant. If there were new owners or just a new direction.

Flavah Island Cafe
2057 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA
(510) 704-4083

Daily: 7:30 am - 8 pm daily (however, since they just opened, I'd call to check)

Jamaican Soul
2057 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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