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Potala Organic Cafe

Map1045 San Pablo Ave.
Albany, CA 94706
  • Vegetarian & Vegan
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Simplicity is a feature, not a bug, at Potala Organic Cafe, where even ordering is simple. This humble, spotless space—whose high standards and meditative silence make it feel like part home away from home, part shrine—offers 100 percent organic fare served under the steady gaze of Buddha statues. Sure, the food is mainly steamed seasonal produce, boiled beans, and whole grains prepared largely according to a low-fat, plant-based macrobiotic regimen. But Potala’s fare is not as basic as it looks, the result of immaculate sourcing and ingenious recipe-creation that applies to everything, from cinnabar-red split-pea/vegetable purée to onion-flecked chickpeas to Patianna Sauvignon Blanc to velvety, agave-sweetened chocolate-hazelnut or Key lime pie. And tables supplied with not just a salt shaker but also additional shakers containing cayenne and toasted, salted sesame seeds, might also play a role in the taste sensation. Because the menu changes daily, it’s pot luck with many undersung ingredients—your collard green, your beans—but they are rendered so irresistible that you may just want to sing yourself. Serves lunch and dinner daily.

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Location: Albany
Price: $-$$
Features: Beer And Or Wine
Credit Cards Accepted

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