Hearty, fresh, and local meal at Gather Restaurant

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on April 20, 2012

Ok everyone, get ready for some food porn.

A few months ago, a couple friends, my hubby and I had the pleasure of visiting Gather Restaurant in Berkeley. Gather is a place where you can find seasonal food, locally sourced and organic, that appeals to vegetarians and omnivores alike. It was a true dining experience, and I loved the ambience of the restaurant: rustic, cozy, but still elegant.

Their food is delicious, and it’s also absolutely beautiful (hence the food porn comment).

Everything is presented in a unique and artful manner: you can tell that they take care to make sure their food looks as good as it tastes.

Here’s what was on our menu:

To Start – the Vegan “Charcuterie”

It included:

  • Jerusalem Artichoke, Tonda Padana smoked tomato puree, tahini, mushrooms
  • Bulls Blood beet tartare, olives, fennel, dill
  • Rutabaga, Sweet Potato, Parsnips, Horseradish leaf salsa verde
  • Turnips, Smoked persimmon and carrot
The flavors were inventive, every item was unique and something I had never had before. The beet tartare was so cool!
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And of course, it was beautiful.
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Moving on to our main courses, we ordered the Roasted Delicata Squash with cannellini beans, rapini, pumpkin puree, baby artichokes
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This honestly couldn’t be any more artistic. I loved the stuffing of the squash and the creaminess of the pumpkin puree just tied it all together.
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We also had to try their pizzas – I mean the husband was with me, so how couldn’t we order his favorite food in the world? ๐Ÿ™‚
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The Roasted Broccoli Pizza came first, followed by their Fontinella pizza (pretty much like a four cheese or margherita).ย 
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Is it weird to say that the crust was my favorite part? I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for freshly baked bread. Of course, the pizzas themselves were delicious – but the crust!! So good.
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We ordered a small dessert, because we were so stuffed. Ice cream with a bit of citrus – which somehow tasted just like Fruit Loops (random I know), and was just a great end to our meal.
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Samantha April 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Wow everything looks delicious! I’m right with you on the pizza crust being the best part!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Thanks Samantha! You should definitely check it out if you’re ever in Berkeley ๐Ÿ™‚ I could seriously eat bread and pizza crust all day – especially when it’s hot out of the oven!

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Shrina April 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Lovely pictures! I had the vegan charcuterie when I went there and thought it was very inventive as well. Mine was a bit different from yours, but still very yummy. I miss the food in Berkeley and these pictures bring back good food memories!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Thanks Shrina! That makes sense that yours was a bit different – I’m pretty sure they change it either daily or weekly. When did you move from Berkley & where do you live now?

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Val @ Tips on Healthy Living April 24, 2012 at 7:57 am

I need to do a whole food tour of Berkeley! So many great restaurants there. The plating of that squash app is gorgeous.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Oh definitely – between Berkeley, Oakland and SF, I’m in restaurant heaven here ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if you need any other Berkeley recs!

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