Audaciously placed by Chocolatier Blue and Slow, 'Bittersweet' has drawn a line in the sand with it's cafe style and fresh specials. Its 'Homemade Ciabatta Bread' has upped the ante for affordable eats on University Avenue with a daily menu that doesn't overlook vegetarians. Furnished with wobbly, worn seating that looks to have been plucked from the Wooden Duck's pre-repair showroom, Bittersweet has a secret attic atmosphere that suits indulgence. Baristas are helpful in maneuvering between the countless hot and cold beverages with their multiple manifestations of chocolate in an array that is sure to have something for event the pickiest Berkeley-ite. Desserts rotate with many gluten free varieties in a display that seems designed to chisel away at will power, the 'Zuchinni Bread' in particular with it's wet texture and the 'Hot Chocolate Cake' with irresistable frosting, not to underestimate the cookie sandwiches.
Many already familiar with 'Bittersweet's' predecessor in Temescal are packing in their favorites and discovering new ones, so options slim down towards the end of the day. The signature 'Bittersweet Hot Chocolate' is made with hot water but maintains surprising richness and so is also used in combination with espresso in the 'Bicerin'. As most pastries are made with dark cacao the contribute more towards the bitter overall and the drinks to the sweet, particularly the 'Salted Caramel' hot chocolate. For a lightweight introduction one can enjoy the 'Coconut Chill' and the 'Chocolate Chai', both are heavier in their counterpart flavors and ideal for those who need a smoother transition into candyland.
The artwork is dripping with it's delicious and dark nectar, the floor reminisces of a Hershey Bar and most inside are coasting on serotonin; Max Brenner would be proud.
With it's wide selection of affordable and worthy delights, 'Bittersweet' has a selection that takes the gloves off in the face of its neighboring competition.