I’ve been telling my friends that this past weekend, I brunched in a mystic village. The first charming quality about Inn Kensington is that it is in an area that I had never heard of or been to during my time at Cal. After some research, I found out that Kensington is its own municipal district, but I’m going to keep telling myself that it’s a fairytale village nestled in the Berkeley Hills because that is just way more fun. So while the location is enchanting, there is something else about Inn Kensington that is even more charming – the food.
While I was definitely excited by the location, the food is what has me raving about Inn Kensington. I heard that their cilantro pancakes were delicious but I was immediately drawn to the white board on the wall with their daily specials. I had a really difficult time choosing but I settled on the shitake mushroom, brown mushroom, caramelized onion, and goat cheese omelet. To say that I loved the omelet would be an understatement. It had the perfect combination of all the ingredients and wasn’t overwhelmingly mushroom-y. It was served with two huge biscuits and jam. Not to mention that their coffee was amazing – not too bold and not too mild, perfect for a relaxing Sunday brunch.
My friend got the Creole scramble, which was overflowing, with andouille sausage, chicken, tomatoes, and peppers and I was salivating looking at it, but I didn’t dare ask for a bite. We split a Belgian waffle that was a sweet contrast to our omelets. It was literally one of the best brunches I’ve had in Berkeley – it’s a must-try brunch spot.
From the location, to the kitschy décor to the perfect food, Inn Kensington will easily become your favorite brunch in the area. It is located at 293 Arlington Avenue and is accessible by the AC Transit 7 bus.