1799 4th St
(between Virginia St & Hearst Ave)
Berkeley, CA 94710
Poached eggs. I finished these in just a few bites. A little salty. But not at all bad!
On the last day of my Tokyo-cousin's stay in the US, we went to Café M for brunch. It was a rainy Sunday but the uber-yuppy, Fourth Street shopping area was buzzing. We had to put our name on a waitlist, but were able to be seated within 20 minutes, at around 1pm. Bette's Oceanview Diner had a 90-minute wait when we'd checked in there. (I wanted to try their soufflé pancakes--darn.)
I ordered poached eggs with lox and spinach; the cousin had an omlette.
My mom had a crepe...I think. It looked a bit dry to me around the edges. But she liked it. (I compare my crepes to Coupa's elegant, elastic, buckwheat ones.)
But the real story at Café M was the banana pancakes, which my cousin and I split. They may not have looked like anything special, but they were. Tender, moist and irresistible, even after my plate of eggs.
Yum, yum, yum. Especially on a rainy day. Who am I kidding. These would be great any day, any time.
The service here was average. But I don't expect service to be notable at a casual breakfast/lunch place like this.
Café M has large windows on one side and was full until we left around 2pm. It fit the bill.