East European food with a French flare. The interior the owners tell me it’s the they wanted to give the modern building an old world flare. And they do it quite well. The cozy shop is softly lit by candles, decorated by a stunningly beautiful tree (Can you get it was Christmas?), exposed brick, local art, and a collection of covetable shiny cherry red vintage booths. This spot is perfect for watching big fluffy snowflakes fall, eating rainbow pancakes with family and friends… Or even a first date.
In addition to standard coffee, tea, wine and beer, the cafe turns out an enticing lineup of house-made crepes, including a savory spin on Chicken Kiev, stuffed with herbs, garlic, toasted breadcrumbs, sided with an arugula salad. On the must-try list: the shops Polish sausage and mushroom crepe, buttery-stuffed with caramelized onions, mushrooms, bacon beer cream.
Owners Andrey and Natalie Verbitsky were inspired to open the cafe in celebration of Andrey’s mother’s famous sweet cheese crepes. His mother’s recipe was used to create the “Mon Cherry” crepes found on the restos menu – I will definitely be returning to try those! “This recipe is what started it all for us”, explains Andrey, “Natalie was inspired by my mother’s simple recipes and took them to the next level when we developed the menu for the cafe.” Each crepe is carefully paired with wine or beer selected by a sommelier. The crapes are made from scratch, no oil, just butter. And that’s why they the texture is so soft and fluffy.
From the selection of sweet dessert crepes, my favorite is the crisp apple and oat, a European spin on a North American classic, topped with brown sugar, maple syrup and a scoop of vanilla. And some spiced homemade mulled wine.