Lalime’s – Berkeley

1329 Gilman St.
Berkeley, CA 94706

Lalime’s is a cozy, comfortable restaurant placed right in the middle of a residential area. We thought we were on the wrong street. It’s a small dining room in an old house that seats sixty and is bright and warm.

We focused on the appetizers which isn’t unusual for us. This time we didn’t even make it to the main dishes. The day had started at Kermit Lynch’s Day in Provençe gathering where we snacked on food provided by Café Fanny and Chez Panisse and tasted some lovely wines.

So, as I was saying, we ordered only appetizers. The soup was very lovely. It was a Grilled Tomato Soup with Parmesan Toasts. I’m a bit picky about my tomato soups…I love tomatoes, they’re one of my favorite things on the planet, but when made in to soup, some flavors and horrible smells can emerge…they weren’t present in this soup, it was full-flavored and well balanced and the bowl ended up being way to small!

Next we got the Pizzetta with corn, cherry tomatoes and Redwood Hill smoked goat cheese. I don’t like cheese…I know, blasphemy for a foodie, but I can’t help it, I’m a Supertaster! But when i ate around the clumps of cheese, this was really yummy! Who knew corn would be good on pizza? Everyone else at the table enjoyed my share of the cheese.

Lastly, we ordered the Grilled scallops on angel hair pasta with tomato and tarragon. This was my favorite. I could have just eaten this all night. The tarragon with the scallops was a heavenly combination and I wish I wouldn’t have ordered it to share!

Overall, we had a lovely time and a yummy meal in a comfortable room. It’s not stuffy or pompous, loud or too quiet, it’s warm and inviting.