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Feb 16, 2012 04:54 PM

Vegan restaurant in Berkeley?

Does anyone have a good recommendation of a nice vegan/vegetarian restaurant or at least one that has a choice of vegan options on its menu?

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    1. Gather, all vegetarian and many many vegan choices.

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      1. re: tjinsf

        A vegan could eat very well at Gather, and it's all organic, but they serve meat. Don't miss the vegan "charcuterie."

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          my mistake, been a while since I went there and it was with all vegans and vegetarians.

            1. re: fruti

              The vegan "charcuterie" is a set of 4 dishes, and the parts change at least as frequently as seasonally. I've had good and mediocre experiences with it. The favorite thing I've had was their smoked yuba, and they've done good things with wild mushrooms as well. They currently list a black trumpet item (w/ pine nut, miso, rosemary) that sounds pretty nice.

              1. re: hyperbowler

                Sounds like they've scaled it back yet again. When they opened it was eight items, last time ordered it there were six.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  They must vary it quite a bit, but I've never had eight separate items. I first ate there in July 2010, and I remember them having 4 or 5 items on the menu, a few with several sub-pieces. lists 5 on their June 2010 menu.

                  Come to think of it, I've never been as impressed with it as when I first went. I tend to get their kale salad a lot, which is vegetarian but not vegan.

                  1. re: hyperbowler

                    When they opened it was eight items. They had one person in the kitchen who appeared to do nothing but that dish all night and the servers spent what felt like five minutes explaining it to each table. I figured that couldn't last.


                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      I noticed that after a while they started dropping a printed description on the table when they served it in place of the servers' long explanations they had at the beginning.

        2. It's a very simple place, and the decor is not something you'll write home about, but Vegi Food, a Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Berkeley on Vine just west of Shattuck, has many, if not only, vegan choices. They use only ginger and garlic for spicing but extract amazing flavors out of veggies and tofu.

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          1. re: TopoTail

            I agree with the recommendation for Vegi Food. Their food is very flavorful and I prefer them to the nearby Cha-ya. If you do go, definitely try the Soybean Sheets with veggies dish.

            Regarding the spicing, they say the do not use garlic, eggs, onions, or MSG because they are Buddhist.

            1. re: drewskiSF

              The ambiance at Vegi Food leaves something to be desired, but it's an inexpensive, reliable haunt for us veggie types.

          2. Flacos at Adeline and near Ashby Ave./Emerson St. is vegan Mexican.

            1. green earth cafe - new place on center in berkeley - took over spot that used to be pie in the sky.


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              1. re: majordanby

                Menu looks good. Have you been yet?

                1. re: Windy

                  had their vegan quiche last week. hesitated to get it because how can a quiche have no eggs!!? but, it opened my mind. hope it sticks street is killer for new restaurants.

                  1. re: majordanby

                    How can quiche have no eggs? What's in it?

                    1. re: majordanby

                      Thanks. Will definitely check it out.

                  2. re: majordanby

                    I checked Green Earth Cafe. I sorta like the food--I mean, it's hippie granola vegan food which is my staple dining these days--but I made the mistake of wondering aloud as to why the (biodegradable) straws kept shredding on me. I dare not vibrate their aura by visiting this place again.