thai temple

Well, at least there’s this. In a triumph for brunchers Berkeley over, the Berkeley City Council decided last night to let Berkeley’s Thai Buddhist temple continue to serve its unbelievably controversial Sunday meals. After a year and a half of whining, it looks like community members are going to have to swallow their misgivings and deal with their loud, crowded, aromatic and delicious neighbor. Oh, and there will be a 44-foot tall tri-Buddha shrine now. The expansion plan also includes read more »


Berkeley’s Thai Temple: the only place, besides Vegas, where you can you find large masses of people eating buffet-style and changing their money into chips in the same place. For those of you who frequent the Asian Ghetto (or is it the Durant Food Court?), Thai House, or Tuk Tuk Thai to get your fix of the flavors of Thailand, consider your life incomplete. Thai brunch is perhaps one of the oddest, most aggressive, and certainly one of the most memorable dining experiences you will ever have.

Tucked within the residential district of South Berkeley between MLK Jr. Way and Otis St., Wat Mongkolratanaram’s Sunday brunch is the equivalent of a cheap Asian restaurant transplanted into the cement backyard of a temple, which also offers Thai language and dance lessons to interested diners. The food is served cafeteria-style (we enviously wonder if their cafeterias in Thailand are really like this) and visitors exchange tokens to receive almost any Thai dish imaginable.

Anyway, we’ve told you about this place before. What can we say? We love our Thai food. read more »