I've been here twice for brunch. The location couldn't be more perfect, and the ambiance is certainly inviting. However, the food is just OK.
The menu items are inventive-sounding, but the execution is just mediocre - the food just doesn't pack much of a flavor punch. I've tried two of their omelettes and was not impressed.
Given that prices aren't exactly cheap and the wait on weekends is well over an hour, I probably won't come back again.
What a cozy place for brunch! You're basically seated in a room in a house; the one we were in had a fireplace (which kept on dumping smoke into the room, but they did try their best to fix the flue problem).
The food was surprisingly good. I had a Spanish omelette, and they made their own sauce (even though it's all too easy to use canned) and it was fantastic. The omelette and home fries were absolutely delicious.
I gave it 4 stars because the prices could have been more reasonable (even though this is overpriced Berkeley) and they really should have fixed that flue...
Despite the cultiness of the place (the "Supreme Master", a bleached blond guru, runs the place) and the ever-increasing prices, we love this place. The food is DELICIOUS! Great vegetarian variations on popular Vietnamese menu items. Our favorites are the Gourmet Vegetable Noodles and Spicy Lemongrass Chicken. They have a high tendency to mess up phone orders, so make sure to ask them to repeat the order to you before you hang up the phone.
I've been coming to Nirvana for over 10 years. It was fantastic when it opened, kinda lots its mojo about 6-7 years ago (soggy pastas, flavorless sauces) and improved again about 5 years ago. Not nearly as good as Burma Superstar, but their noodles are still great (although I don't think they use homemade ones anymore).
The space is gorgeous and the crowd upwardly mobile and stylish, but the food and drink leaves a lot to be desired - uninspired and mediocre, especially when you consider you're dropping $80-100 per person. There are far better options within a 3-5 block radius if you want to really savor what you're consuming while enjoying the ambiance.
I'm a fan of their three-mushroom panino with mozzarella on focaccia, and a decent side-salad. Finding a table can be tough, but the turnaround is quick enough for takeout.