On a random Wednesday last week, we ventured into the quaint shop and were greeted by smiles from the workers who were manning the open kitchen in the middle of store. The decoration inside is nice and well done. Nothing looked cheap. Lots of attention to detail from a decoration standpoint (we specifically liked all the tiles all over the place). It's not too polished though, very warm and homey.
When we arrived it wasn't busy. One other party of three sat at a table in the front enjoying dessert. This changed as our time went on as numerous people/groups came in and out.
We quickly sat down, reviewed the menu and went to the counter to order. The menu is pretty streamlined. One side has salads, sandwiches and sweet/savory crepes. The other side of the menu focuses on desserts, drinks and smaller items. While it doesn't have a lot of options in terms of meals, they all sounded pretty good to us.
Since it was dinner time and we were hoping for a meal we opted for crepes. We can get salads and sandwiches all over the neighborhood, so wanted to try something a little different. We ordered a Prairie Crepe which included brie, ham (or turkey), baby spinach, pecans and was topped with balsamic glaze. We also ordered a Atlantic Crepe which included smoked salmon, tomato, baby spinach, cream cheese, dill & chives (see picture below). To our surprise they also came with a small salad (nothing fancy, mixed greens, baby tomatoes, carrots, balsamic dressing).
|The Atlantic Crepe (smoked salmon, tomato, baby spinach, cream cheese, dill & chives)|
The crepe was made of Buckwheat, which was different and enjoyable. Both meals were extremely savory and definitely passed the "would you order it again" test. However, there were other things that looked intriguing so we will probably try some other items next time.
Overall, we were skeptical about this place given the setbacks it had with its opening. Now that they're open we will definitely be back.
Looking at Karamela Cafe from a broad standpoint, it's a great addition to the neighborhood. It provides some extremely unique options for the hood and definitely fills a niche with its European offerings. The only thing comparable in our mind would be Little Branch Cafe. In regard to prices, it seemed reasonable to us. Crepes, salads and sandwiches were about $7-$10. Desserts seemed to be a tad overpriced, but judging by their beauty the price was probably be justified (we will let you know after we sample this part of the menu next time).
Our only quip is that it was a tad stuffy in the place. We got adjusted pretty quickly but a simple check of the thermostat would probably be helpful.
To sum it up...Karamela Cafe you have two fans! Welcome the Sloop and can't wait to try some of the other things on your menu (pastry, coffee, smoothie, etc)!
(Hat tip: N!)