Koi Palace (鯉魚門御膳茶寮) is one of the Bay Area’s most well known higher end dim sum restaurants frequented by immigrant crowds. There are actually two of them, one in Dublin (on the outer fringes of East Bay, and the original in Daly City, south of San Francisco. It’s quite popular, so expect a wait get in for brunch during the weekends.
Ici is in a charming part of Berkeley, with its small Main Street feel. The ice cream was pretty pricey for me, but we got to sample a variety of flavors before settling on what to get.
I think their ice cream is just alright. Their flavors seem better suited for macarons (maybe it’s because we settled for flavors like earl gray tea, honey orange blossom, black sesame and dark chocolate truffle), but it’s worth a try if you’re in that part of town.
Marco Polo Ice Cream (review here) > Ici. ‘Nuff said.
Address: 2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705 | map
On our road trip, we hit up Cheeseboard Pizza Collective, after visiting Cal on the second day.
They serve only 1 type of pizza and salad every day, and I saw the workers churning out dozens upon dozens of the same exact pizza.
The ordering counter.
The day’s pizza was made of roasted cauliflower, caramelized onions, mozzarella and fontina cheeses, pistachios, garlic, olive oil and Italian parsley. A whole pizza goes for $20.
2 words: mouthwatering cheese. I especially loved how well the pistachios went with the cheese pizza.
The salad of the day, organic mixed greens, olives, manouri cheese with roasted tomato dressing, was meh ($7). Of all things, it had to be tomato-based…
We got an extra slice too! 😀
No frills. You order at the counter, grab a table and chairs, and bring the food over.
Delish pizza. Nice ambiance (there’s a live band playing inside, and the outdoor seats remind me of the idyllic college town). Great cheese!
Address: 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94701 | map