Poulet for snickerdoodle and Gelato Milano, Berkeley report (w/ pics)
I went to Berkeley Jun 26, 2006 for the free ride on Bart (Spare the Air Day) to get dessert after eating dinner at home.
By 7pm, Poulet is low on desserts, they close at 8pm. Luckily, they still had a few snickerdoodles (cookie) left. Each snickerdoodle is $1.50 and they are good-I should have bought the last two. Also, shared a cup of soup which was fine, $4. I'll have to eat there for the chicken one day.
1685 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
Gelato Milano I thought it was pretty good. It's a tiny shop with lots of choices, all in Italian. Wish they had the description in English so it'll be a little bit easier to order. I tried 2 flavors and really liked it.
I went with Gianduja (which I think is Chocolate w/ hazelnut) and Pistachio. It's $3.00 + .26 tax for a small cup. They don't have cones.
Place needs pics or something. Too many white walls. There are 4 small tables in the back and some counter space with 4 chairs by the window.
Asian guy that helped me was nice and efficient, he stayed so cool when tons of ppl came after me, he needs a helper bad cuz he has to serve and take the money, repeat over and over; did he wash his hands..ooh, I don't think so.
Didn't see any bathrooms. Cash Only
2170 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
I really enjoy Gelateria Milano, but find the flavours hit or miss. The solution to this is to try some of the flavours before buying, and all the guys behind the counter and good-natured with my indecisiveness.
For all the schpiel about how fresh everything is made, the 'philosophy' blurbs in the shop are tellingly silent on their ingredients. The pistachio is not pure pistachio - there's something like almond essence in it, and several of the flavours' colours are clearly artificial.
That said, the coconut gelato and peach sorbet (among others) rock my world. It's just good to be selective.
I also enjoy Milano way more than Naia. In fact, the last time I went out for a cone I stopped at Naia first, was so disappointed with my chocolate gelato that I tossed it into the first garbage can I found, and stepped into Milano for a taste. What sold me was their marrons glaces flavor -- my favorite, and they do it justice, with creamy, fragrant ice cream and a fair amount of candied chestnut bits.
re: Melanie Wong
I work about two blocks away from both Naia and Milano. Milano's stark interior was an issue for me, strangely enough. For a workday pick me up, the interior of Naia was so much more inviting! But Milano does beat the pants off of it so there's no question of where I'm going from now on.
Aw man! I've gone to the Gourmet Ghetto a few times but have not been lucky enough to catch any of the baked goods at Poulet. :( Maybe next week I'll go on hump day during lunch.
I've only recently discovered the beauty that is Gelato Milano after passing it without a second glance for so long. At least now I know ;) Their gelato is sooooooo smooth that it's unbelievable.
GREAT slideshow !!! I loved the pictures of the interior of Poulet. You actually made it look more charming than it is. I'll look at it in a whole different way next time I visit. Really made me smile. Especially liked the exterior, long shot of the interior and Milano tables pictures.
I know you said Poulet was low on desserts, but did you notice what the other desserts were? I've had an intense week and haven't been able to get down there this week, but am hoping I'll make it tommorrow.
The cakes usually sell out early, so you have to get there earlier in the day. I have yet to get there in the evening when the cake wasn't sold out.
I liked the snickerdoodle very much as I reported
Thanks again. Haven't tried the soup yet. I wasn't too impressed with the lemon rosemary or BBQ chicken but I liked the adobo. If the Morrocan chicken is on the specials menu, I highly recommend that.
Wonder what's up with Poulet these days? First someone new for the desserts. Now a newly re-designed website that even has newletter and blog.