We had lunch recently at (on San Pablo between and , both excellent restaurants in their own right) and it was delicious and homey and really healthy all at the same time.
Potala is actually more than a cafe, being open for dinner as well: Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5:30-9 p.m. daily.
That there's no meat, no wheat and no sugar could almost go unnoticed, the food is so good, but the chef is scrupulously 100 percent organic. This is a great addition to Albany's suite of restaurants.
Unlike , our other marvelous organic cafe, you can eat dinner here, and there are several excellent reviews on Yelp already.
Interestingly, it seems the new owners, Lobsang and Tashi, Tibetans with a lovely attitude of service, were partly persuaded to move into space because of the coming in across the road. While I enjoyed the view of the meadow and would much prefer that to the sight of a Whole Foods store, it put another spin on the subject.
We each had a wholly satisfying medium plate for lunch (you order the amount you want of the set menu, which is different every day), and the price, $10.95, included a hearty miso/mixed veggie/ginger soup, a soft and yummy rice-quinoa burger topped with pepper/tahini sauce, anasazi beans with kabocha squash and onion, sauteed carrot, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower (done just right), steamed collards with shitake mushroom-leek sauce and a mixed green salad with a delicious light dressing.
There was sesame salt and a hot pepper shaker on the table and tea and a lovely complex and not-too-sweet (sweetened with agave) dessert. I believe the prices are a notch higher for dinner.
This is very comfortable food with a delicious and surprisingly complex variety of tastes. I recommend you go eat at Potala Organic Cafe!
[Editor's Note: Catherine Sutton, , shared this review with Albany Patch. It previously appeared elsewhere, but has been reprinted here with permission.]