This is the first place that comes up for “salad” on Yelp, so we set off to find it for brunch as soon as G said she felt like roughage. Actually, that’s my word because…I’m going to shield you from that inappropriate joke.
The place is located on Solano with its streets of restaurants catering towards North Berkeley clientele. See, it’s between a chocolate and dimsum place (if you ignore the lame salon)!
The room’s tiny but in this case it just adds to the adorability. There’s only space for stools and a counter in front of the window, and a bench outside in the front. It’s decorated like most healthy restaurants – bright, clean, fresh fruit and veggies and nuts on display and in bowls available for purchase. I would’ve decorated it the same way, going with the quaint/homey angle. And did I mention the bookshelf!
Homie G got the pasta of the day, Creamy Pesto, which we both felt was over-boiled and soggy – typical for pasta salad that sits in its juices all day. (An issue for some of the other salads too) The sauce was great and the olives/celery/tomato were perfect additions to the flavor as well. The owner Robert uses low sodium in everything and I thought every dish was perfectly seasoned to let the natural flavors of the food come through. He’s a big advocate of simple, quality food but mentioned how he didn’t like to advertise all the “vegetarian”, “low sodium” etc…rubbish because then people would be coming here with all their health/ailment questions. At the end of the day, he just wants to feed people good food fast.
I could definitely tell that there wasn’t much salt in my salads, but I also didn’t feel the need to add any more because the dressings were enough. The Greek was standard, my favorite part of the tomato was the strong basil, but my favorite out of the three would have to be broccoli. Not so much how it was prepared (blanched and lightly dressed) but moreso because cooked broccoli is heavenly always. The problem is, I make tons of salad at home, and paying 8 dollars for this didn’t seem worth it for me. I would’ve loved to get a sandwich but everything had meat or brie. We did get a sample of lentil soup which was delicious so I’d go back for that and dig through the cookbook collection.
Sorry for the scattered post. I wanted to crank this out before class.
Shoutout to Robert if you’re reading!