2020 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA, 94704 (510) 926.6300
Hours
Sunday thru Thursday 5:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm
Front bar opens at 5pm nightly
Hours
Sunday thru Thursday 5:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm
Front bar opens at 5pm nightly

Comal included in 7x7’s article "Bay Area restaurants serve an authentic taste of Oaxaca”

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Gandin adapts Oaxacan recipes to use a combination of more readily available ingredients, which include mulatto, ancho and cascabel chiles, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, plantains, vegetables and spices that are individually fried or toasted before being blended and slowly simmered. “I like to think that if someone were transported from Oaxaca and dropped at the local farmer’s market, that they might take a similar approach at Comal,” he says.

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Fieldwork Brewing returns to Comal for two special SF Beer Week dinners

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

On Monday February 12th and Tuesday February 13th, Comal will welcome back head brewer and co-owner Alex Tweet from Fieldwork Brewing Company to feature a selection of small batch beers paired with dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. A craft brewery founded in Berkeley, CA with a focus on exceptional, honest beer-making, Fieldwork was named in BeerAdvocate’s 2015 list of the “33 Best New Breweries in the United States.” Fieldwork’s brews are served in their Berkeley, Napa, San Mateo and Sacramento taprooms, as well as in craft beer-focused establishments throughout Northern California. Comal provides all the food for their taprooms in Berkeley and San Mateo.

Like previous dinners, the Fieldwork beer dinner will be held in Abajo, Comal’s private dining room. Dining with Alex, guests will have the opportunity to speak with the head brewer and hear the story behind each featured beer.

This is the latest installment of the Abajo Dinner Series at Comal, a series of producer dinners that are collaborations between Comal’s kitchen and the featured vintner, brewer or distiller. Previous dinners have showcased Arnot-Roberts Wines, Wind Gap Wines, Bedrock Wine Co., Mezcal Vago, HenHouse Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, and many others.

Details:
DATE/TIME: Monday, February 12th and Tuesday February 13th at 6:30 PM
PRICE: Tickets are $75 inclusive of food, beer and service charge
RESERVATIONS:  Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow these links:                                                                            Feb 12th: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1627132                                                                                                                     Feb 13th: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1627134
ADDRESS:  Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley

Fieldwork Dinner Menu

Hamachi ceviche serrano chile, red onion, cucumber and fried plantain chips

Textbook Saison 

          Savoy spinach mango, toasted almonds, blood orange vinaigrette, cotija cheese

     Hazy Glue IPA 

Berkshire pork al pastor taco pineapple-morita chile salsa

Vienna Lager 

Coffee-rubbed pork and grilled treviso enchilada mole negro

Eliza Imperial Chocolate Stout with chicory

Arroz con leche dried papaya, candied pineapple, toasted pistachios

Casa de Citra and Party Cove tropical sour




Comal to host Laughing Monk Brewing for Beer Dinner

Friday, December 8th, 2017

On Monday January 8th, Comal will welcome head brewer and co-owner Jeff Moakler from Laughing Monk Brewing to feature a selection of small batch beers paired with dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. Jeff launched his official brewing career at BJ’s Brewhouse in Chandler, Arizona, where he was lead brewer. While at BJ’s, his beer won a Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival, two Gold Medals, one Silver and a Bronze at North American Brewers Association plus a Gold Medal at Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition.

Founded in early 2016 by Jeff and co-owner Andrew Casteel, Laughing Monk Brewing is a small batch craft brewery in San Francisco that blends traditions from California and Belgium with a mix of local, seasonal ingredients. They brew an ever-expanding array of unique beers, including those for immediate enjoyment and those that can be aged to perfection.

Like previous dinners, the Laughing Monk beer dinner will be held in Abajo, Comal’s private dining room. Dining alongside Jeff, guests will have the opportunity to speak with Laughing Monk’s head brewer and hear the story behind each featured beer. This is the latest installment of the Abajo Dinner Series at Comal, a series of producer dinners that are collaborations between Comal’s kitchen and the featured vintner, brewer or distiller. Previous dinners have showcased Fieldwork Brewing Company, Arnot-Roberts Wines, Del Maguey Mezcals, Wind Gap Wines, Bedrock Wine Co., Mezcal Vago, HenHouse Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, and many others.

Details:
DATE/TIME: Monday, January 8th at 6:30 PM
PRICE: Tickets are $75 inclusive of food, beer and service charge
RESERVATIONS:  Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1608743
ADDRESS:  Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley

Laughing Monk Dinner Menu

Dungeness crab avocado, mandarins and endive

Holy Ghost pilsner

 

Frisee and Asian pear lemon chile vinaigrette, Manchego cheese

Third Street pale ale

 

Sunchoke soup cumin and coriander, cilantro oil

Third Circle Belgian style tripel

 

Heritage pork tamale mole coloradito

Evening Vespers Belgian style dubbel

 

Flan tradicional Seville sour orange marmelada

Mango Gose and Devil’s Dawn milk stout




The Infatuation Reviews Comal

Friday, December 1st, 2017

“First of all, the food is consistently excellent across the board. The sauces and salsas are authentic and rich, the enchiladas aren’t drowning in cheese, and the meatballs are the best Mexican take on them we’ve ever had. Everything is good to share, and some things are so good you may need to police people from taking more than their portion. Also, maybe stop being friends with that person if they try to eat all the ceviche. Sharing is caring.”

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Dia de Los Muertos at Comal this Wednesday and Thursday!

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Despite what its name implies, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is actually a two-day event, celebrated on Nov 1st and 2nd each year. It is an opportunity to reflect on and send prayers to those who have passed away, and to connect with their spirits.

Our multi-talented DJ Jose Ruiz has once again graced our front windows with two matching calaveras painted with white tempura paint.  As it happens, Jose’s regular Thursday night DJ slot falls on the second night of Dia de los Muertos, and he will again DJ a special set that focuses on songs that nod to the theme of death in some shape or form.

                                                          Jose Ruiz paints calaveras on Comal’s front windows

In addition to Jose’s calaveras, Comal is looking festive this week with strings of colorful, intricate papel picado (literally, “cut paper”) over the dining room and soon we will be lining the dining area with marigolds. The marigolds are a symbol of death, referred to as the “flower of the dead”.  Marigolds are often sprinkled on Dia de los Muertos altars and also on graves, sometimes fashioned into elaborate arches. In some villages, people leave a trail of marigolds from their front door to their loved one’s grave, so that the deceased may easily find their way back home again. The attractive scent of the marigold is said to draw them back to earth for the yearly Dia de los Muertos reunion.

                                                     Papel picado hangs from the ceiling of Comal’s dining room

On Wednesday and Thurdsay nights, we will also be sending everyone home with a slice of pan de muerto, a special sweet egg bread adorned with “bones” on the top baked for Dia de los Muertos.

Group Dining at Comal

With the holidays fast approaching, Comal has two great options for gatherings of family and friends or business holiday parties – Table 30 and Abajo.

Table 30 is our community table in the front of the restaurant – it seats 8-11 people on long benches.  Abajo is our cozy private dining room located in our cellar – it seats 12-22 people.  In both cases we offer a multi-course, fixed price menu that can be tailored to the specific needs of your party.  For Abajo, we have also created special custom cocktails for parties with names to match on several occasions.

Here are sample menus for Table 30 and Abajo

                       Abajo

Table 30

For further information and to inquire about available dates for either of our group dining options, contact us at info@comalberkeley.com