A bountiful brunch at Gather in Berkeley

by foodhoe on December 1, 2014

2200 Oxford St Berkeley, CA 94704 | 510.809.0400 | website | twitter


I hope you enjoyed your long holiday weekend and I’m ready to move on from Turkey and talk about my favorite meal, breakfast.  Here’s one of my favorites in Berkeley.  I’m such a fan of this restaurant, I had a memorable dinner where I got to try their famous vegan charcuterie plate here, a lovely brunch here and recently visited for brunch with Mr. K’s nephew James who is a freshman at Cal Berkeley.  It’s literally across the street from the campus, although it’s a bit upscale for the student budget, it’s the perfect spot for a special meal.  It’s been a while since we visited and the kitchen is now led by executive chef  Charis Wahl who worked previously at Rivoli and Ozumo prior to spending the last five years at Gather.  We got there when they opened without reservations and were able to get a table, although the hostess seemed to disapprove of the fact that we just showed up…


The bar has an energetic vibe even for the morning service, and there was a mixologist at hand vigorously shaking and stirring up drinks.


The patio is not often open but looked like a  great place to hang out.


Mr. K wanted something simple and ordered fried eggs on rustic crusty walnut sourdough toast, which was served with a little bit of dressed greens.  Everything is perfectly done and well seasoned.


I am completely gaga over their Egg Sandwich ($12), which is piled with melted cheddar, peppery treviso, rich aioli, in a grilled tender and completely delectable pain de mie bun, and I asked for bacon for an extra $3.  The bun is soft and smooth in texture with a closely knit crumb and mild crust, that encloses the richness like a cloud puff.


Tender buttery grilled bun, the golden yolk was tender and gooey with very little runoff, the melted cheese and aioli added richness and the bacon made it completely and utterly delicious.


Mank got an ala cart assortment with 2 poached eggs ($3 ea), bacon ($3), paprika yukon gold potatoes ($5).


If you see those potatoes on the menu and they are not included with your dish, you should order them.  The yukon gold potatoes were so delicious flavored with smoked paprika, olive oil and sprinkled with fresh parsley – tender and creamy inside with an aggressively cooked exterior with crispy edges.


The Corn scramble with shiitake mushrooms, basil, crescenza cheese ($14) was fresh tasting and full of flavor.  But I’d ask for the tomato jam on the side, it was slathered thickly on the toast and overwhelmingly sweet and sour… but then, we’re plain buttered toast kind of people…


I was adventurous and tried the Poached egg with lamb shoulder ragout, fresh cannellini beans, fermented jalapeno yogurt ($17).  It was very good, the lamb shoulder was fall apart tender and the poached egg and yogurt mixed in and created a rich sauce when mixed altogether with the lamb.


James enjoyed the Acme walnut french toast, roasted strawberries, Mead & Mead maple syrup, served on a layer of mascarpone ($13).  It looked very fortifying,


This hardly covers the brunch menu, there are breakfast pizzas, salads, a lentil dish topped with an egg, even a cheeseburger with fries, all of which are made from locally sourced, extremely fresh ingredients. It is one of my favorite breakfast spots, which all seem to be in Berkeley…

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grace December 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

brunch is just my all-time favorite meal and i think that french toast looks AMAZING.


Brenda Ton January 9, 2015 at 6:20 pm

I’ve been here for lunch, but this place sounds amazing for brunch! I’m going there this Saturday for dinner and really looking forward to it.


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