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 »


yummy yummy in my tummySomehow we wound up as your dedicated go-to people for all the updates on the latest Thai Temple dramz, so we’re kinda thrilled that the Zoning Adjustments Board finally decided in an 8-1 vote this past Thursday to keep the famous Wat Mongkolratanaram Sunday brunch. That, and we just really like Thai food.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, this dispute has kind of become a big deal; this isn’t your average senior magnet Sunday brunch at Coco’s. The Thai Temple brunch has been a favorite weekly pastime of students and residents alike for the past 25 years and the only place that we know of where you can get Thai food in exchange for tokens. The dispute is so big, in fact, that The Wall Street Journal even reported about it.

Apparently people in Berkeley really like their Thai eats, probably because they can consume mass quantities of delicious, greasy food while still looking cultured. Congrats all you Thai connoisseurs, no longer do you have to inconvenience yourself by going all the way to the Asian Ghetto. Looks like you can have your mango sticky rice and eat it too.

Image Source: Kenn Wilson under Creative Commons
Earlier: It’s Finally Thai(me): End to Thai Temple Dispute May Be in Sight
City’s Zoning Board Allows Thai Temple to Serve Sunday Brunches [Daily Cal]
ZAB Allows Berkeley Thai Temple To Continue Sunday Brunch [Daily Planet]


YUMAfter almost a year of zoning disputes, the controversy surrounding the noisy, trash-producing, possibly illegal, but totally delicious Sunday brunch at Wat Mongkolratanaram temple may finally come to an end tomorrow.

There have already been three mediation sessions since the start of the new year, during which the temple and its aggravated neighbors didn’t really resolve the situation, per se, but we hear they did come to some kind of resolution about whether pad thai is better than pad see ew. read more »


Jan. 29, to be precise. Last we heard, Temple owners were hand-wringing over the cancellation of the November Zoning Adjustments Board meeting, which was supposed to grant them freedom to do whatever the heck they darn well wanted. According to more enlightened sources, the City of Berkeley needs time to complete an urban study. That’s a study of traffic and noise, the website adds helpfully. And by ‘time’, they mean several weeks.

More entertaining are the lengths to which the Temple has gone to publicize the affair and stave off the elimination of their venerable Sunday institution. The Facebook group alone has almost 800 members, the Youtube video is here, and apparently there’s a MySpace page in the works, too.

Anyway. While we wait in breathless suspense, have your post with a side order of crunch time procrastination.

Image Source: Kenn Christ under Creative Commons
Save Sundays at the Thai Temple! [savethethaitemple.com]


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 »