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 chef Matt Gandin’s passover dishes featured in Forbes

Monday, April 10th, 2017

“Comal, in downtown Berkeley, California, highlights the largely unfamiliar intersection of Jewish and Mexican culinary traditions each year at Passover.”

“Gandin’s Passover menu is creative, not the kind of thing you’d find in Mexico City on a Jewish family’s table, but more a riff on his own experience of recipe development, local ingredients, and his favorite flavor combinations.”

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Click here to read the full article.




4th Annual Passover Dinners at Comal

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Jalapeño Matzo Balls and Beef Brisket in Adobo: Comal to host 4th Annual Mexican-inspired Passover Seders

For the fourth year in a row, Comal will mark Passover with multi-course family-style dinners in Abajo, their intimate private dining room, on Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26. Executive Chef Matt Gandin has created a menu in his signature Mexican style that riffs on traditional Passover dishes. Dinners will follow the more liberal Sephardic traditions, incorporating rice, beans and corn into the meal, and will forego haggadahs for lively conversation at the communal table.

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Beef Brisket in Adobo

The dinners will start promptly at 6:30PM. Seating is limited to 22 diners each night and tickets have sold out quickly in the past, so purchase early. Tickets are $75 per person (inclusive of service charge but exclusive of beverages) and can be purchased by clicking on one of these links:

April 25 – http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1133265

April 26 – http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1133269

Passover Seder Menu

 Guacamole chips & three salsas

 Rock Cod “Gefilte” Fish Cakes chipotle aioli

 Lamb Barbacoa Quesadilla Anaheim chiles

Caldo de Pollo jalapeño matzo balls

Beef Brisket in Adobo carrots, raisins, peanut-chile arbol salsa, mustard greens, habañero, lime

Achiote rice

Midnight black beans de olla

House-made tortillas

 Blood Orange Raspado tequila whipped crema, Beauty’s chocolate-dipped coconut macaroon

Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley, Phone: 510.926.6300




Sunrise, Sunset

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Hard to believe, but another year has passed as we prepare to host one of my favorite events, our 3rd annual Mexican Passover Seder at Comal.  This year we will be celebrating Passover on two nights, Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7.

There will be a few new twists to the menu this year, but for those who prefer to stick to tradition, we will be serving Comal’s “traditional” Jalapeño Matzo Balls and Beef Brisket braised in Ancho chile adobo.   As was the case at past dinners, each ingredient from the Seder plate will be represented in one of the dishes served.

We will once again be following the more liberal Sephardic tradition that allows for corn, beans and rice.  It will be a fun, secular celebration, a cultural mash up.  There will be no Hagaddahs, and the dinner will not be kosher (meat and dairy will be served), but it will be both festive and delicious.

Last year, many members of the Comal family returned for the second consecutive year, but we would love to see some new faces around the Seder plate as well.   We expect both nights to sell out quickly, so don’t hesitate to secure your tickets!