I had been meaning to make the drive up to Gather since I saw it on Check Please!, Bay Area. J and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary this past weekend. We aren’t big into gifts and a dinner out has marked each of our previous anniversaries. On the show, Gather looked like just our kind of place with interesting local food and dairy-free options. I knew I would have to order the Vegan Charcuterie after seeing it on the show, and I suspected he would try the Vegan Pizza.
We are somewhat predictable with our choices, but we were not disappointed. We started with the Vegan Charcuterie. The photo above has our favorite selection from the plate: Smoked Cashew with tomato strawberry mole, habanero and pickled carrots. I may have had more than my fair share. The plate also had Heirloom Tomato with seaweed ranch, tomato hot sauce and tofu skin, Smoked Gravenstein Apples with wine grapes, walnut juice and lemon verbena chili and Watermelon and Figs with olives, fig barbeque sauce and dulse. The combinations really weren’t as strange as they may sound. We especially loved the crispy tofu skin!
J defiled his Spicy Vegan Pizza by ordering it with an egg on top. He said it was probably the best vegan pizza he has had and it would be even better topped with pancetta.
I had the Eggplant Bolognese with caponata, and I absolutely loved it. This was a dish for someone who really loves eggplant, which I do. It was pretty much eggplant wrapped in eggplant topped with eggplant. I have no problem with this combination. In fact, I may try to recreate it at home.
We were admittedly pretty full, but we weren’t really tempted by any of the dessert options. They did score bonus points with us for having almond milk lattes though…and look at the prettiness. I’m a sucker for prettiness.
Overall, we really loved Gather. We spent about $45 dollars per person without alcohol. For the excellent food, knowledgeable waitstaff (so important with food sensitivities) and a fun atmosphere, I think it is a pretty good value relative to the price. J’s love of the pizza and Gather’s proximity to Games of Berkeley (nerd alert!) pretty much ensure we will be back in the relative near future.
Gather is located at 2200 Oxford Street Berkeley, CA 94704
Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post. All opinions are my own.