Gourmet Garden: New Amsterdam Coffeeshop – the big salad
There’s a few warm and cold sandwiches but the big thing here is the big salad .. and the amazing soup.
The best deal in town is the half salad and soup for $8. If that is the half salad, I can not imagine how big the full size version would be. It comes with generous bread and butter.
I dismayed at the soup of the day … red lentil with coconut meal … but wow. It is not difficult to be the best red lentil soup .. those mean little bowls that rarely taste more than healthy. This was better than most soups period. Smooth, thick, luxurious and so good it seemed sinful. Anyone who can do that with lentils, is a soup miracle maker. It was a big bowl too.
There is a nice outdoor patio in back shared by the other nearby businesses in additions to a few indoor tables and three counter seats.
Berkeley: The Gourmet Garden on University