a tale of 2 cafes
Posted on 01 / 18 / 2011
My night at Cafe Flora was such a mixed bag! It was almost bordering on crazy so let me just take it through the night. When we arrived the first thing to notice is how spacious and clean the cafe is. The first room looks like an original cafe, booths and tables and next to it there is a fountain in the middle of the big open room with huge windows. Since it is large there were many open tables, however we still had to wait crammed by the door standing around for 10 minutes so the hostess/backwaiter could make sure her team was ready. I think the service was in the weeds. After seating us by one of the large windows in the big open room, we did not see any service for 15 minutes (yes I looked) when the hostess ran over to us and more or less threw 2 glasses of water at us. Our actual waitress made her first appearance of the night 5 minutes later and we got to ask our veganability questions. All in all, we ordered a Fr Onion Soup, a Miso-type salad, avocado app, and truffle gnocchi and a non-vegan mushroom dish to which I cannot attest, word is it was good.
5 minutes later, we got a piece of bread. We got "a look" when we asked for more. Anyone keeping track of how long it has taken so far to get bread and water?
At the hour mark we got our soup and salad. The soup was good. I have never had vegan Fr onion soup. The broth was true to form, the crouton was ok. My date knows about this soup and said it was lovely.
The salad was large, the mushrooms were a pleasant surprise, avocado was fresh and the sauce was very nice, like I have made often actually. I was surprised to learn at the check it was $10, the other salads on the menu were $6 range, and this was a special w no listing. oh well.
At this point I put on my coat and hat bc the window has a very obvious and swift draft that went right around our heads. Which reminds me, they sat us next to two tables of fussing kids. Why?
The avo app was small. Very small. It was avocado, and a salsa salad that had way too much cilantro. The avo was great but for the $$$$ not quite worth it. It made me worry about the portion size of the dinners.
Luckily the entree portions were both large. The truffle was absent from my gnocchi, or otherwise subtle. They were good though, another first.
Dessert: Other than taking almost an hour for a piece of cake, it might just be worth it. BOOM! 4layerChoccake w rasp coulis. worth it.
So I like the food. Entree/Dessert worth $, apps not. Cold
Gourmet vegan w nice variety, Entree and desserts
freezing in the cafe, service was pretty bad and I liked her, 2.5hr meal could be done in hour