This French-inspired café in Birdhaven specialises in Breton galettes made from gluten-free buckwheat. Try one of these light but substantial French pancakes with a generous filling of exotic mushrooms, or the chef’s special filling of flambéed chorizo, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. In winter, warm up with a bowl of tasty homemade chicken soup and seeded rye bread then finish off with a classic crêpe with cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice.
Mains include seared salmon with a crisp black sesame-and-citrus crust and avocado cream, rib-eye steak, and chicken with a white wine sauce of sundried tomatoes, spinach and feta. Ingredients are enticingly fresh and original, and the salads and sides alone will delight vegans and vegetarians.
Naturally, crêpes with various sauces and fillings, are the dessert focus. Brandy flambéed with orange butter sauce, a classic, is highly recommended and the decadent nutella and banana is addictive.
Pick a typical accompaniment for your galette from three local craft pear and apple ciders. If you’re feeling flush after such an authentic experience, you can choose from two very pricey imported French ciders. There’s a small collection of bubbly and light wines, in keeping with the mains menu, as well as a handful of craft and other beers and classic cocktails, such as mimosas, Pimm’s cup or Bloody Marys, essential for any brunch.
The service is friendly, unobtrusive and unhurried.
Although there’s room for only two tiny tables on the pavement outside, there are several more in the pastel interior and many more in its hidden courtyard, which is at its best in summer. It’s a popular spot with ladies who linger over lunch, but the free WiFi also lures a sprinkling of business people and internet surfers to this early-opening café. The enclosed courtyard is a good option for a drink in a quiet corner or a quick coffee and pastry if you have a poodle or small child in tow.
The courtyard is available for private functions and parties and occasionally hosts intimate music events such as an album launch or an acoustic session.
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