I have a rule when im traveling, Dont eat at the hotel restaurant/bar. Usually cause the food sucks, and even when it is good... im already staying at the place, so i might as well go out and see whats out there. Traveling to Berkeley a lot has allowed me to uncover most of its gems. One of those gems is a restaurant in a hotel- Five at Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Whenever I am in Berkeley, I usually hit this place twice in a week. Ive become a regular and the bartenders hook me up. Bartenders Q and Tanya will take great care of you. If your drinking wine- make sure and get a flight, way better value than buying one glass. For the same price as one glass, you can get three!! Five has been awarded the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, which is an award for the gourmet quality of food you get for the value of the price. some of my favorites;
Gougers- whenever I have ordered them, they bake them off to order and they come to the table piping hot. Nommy Cheesy Bread Balls!
Oricchiette Mac and Cheese- made with lobster bisque and bay shrimp
Fried Sweetbread Sliders with quail eggs? Ummmm, yeah!
Braised Pork Cheeks with Fired Polenta? Doi! Dude, the polenta cakes are little fried squares and when you bite into them, molten polenta pours out.
I accidentally deleted the picture of the house burger- which is bonkers. Also deleted the pic of my favorite dish there- the Gnocchi with Boar ragu- its off the hinges. Will have to eat it all again to re-take pics.