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Amuse Cafe - review


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Amuse Cafe - review

jacinthe | Jan 6, 2004 01:24 PM

I decided that we should come here for Saturday brunch, so that we could walk around Main Street for a little afterwards.

I was a big fan of the decor - we were seated on the 2nd floor, which was airy, with nice wood floors and exposed beams. It was a beautiful day, and the sun streaming in through the windows and skylight only served to further accentuate the lightness of it all. Also on the walls are photographs, I think by Brooke Williamson's father, which were very attractive. On a warmer day, it definitely would have been nice to have been seated outside.

We started with the lentil hummus, which while it was a very unattractive colour, tasted great. It was served with three toasted baguette slices - not nearly enough bread for the amount of hummus we got. I then got the croque madame - a smoked ham and gruyere pressed sandwich with a fried egg on top. A little more cheese might have been nice, and the egg was plopped rather unceremoniously atop the sandwich. Not a traditional croque madame, but still good. Boyfriend got the chicken and brie pressed sandwich, which also had avocados, dried tomatoes and pesto. It had a little more flavour than my sandwich, and I think I preferred it to mine. We had the option of either salad or homemade herbed potato chips as accompaniment to our salad, and both chose the chips. They were definitely very tasty, if a bit on the salty side, and went well with the hummus. I also ordered the ginger-vanilla lemonade, which was good - the kick from the ginger was pleasant and not overwhelming.

Service was slow, however. Seemed as though there was only one waiter working the room while we were there. (I believe one table sat down and left after 15 minutes, after not having received any attention.) As we were blessed with unusual patience that day (and weren't in any rush), it was okay.. but still a little annoying. We also were not asked if we wanted dessert, but after about 15 minutes the waiter just brought our check to us without our asking for it. I would have liked to have tried the panna cotta I saw at the table next to ours.. but patience was waning - it might have taken half the afternoon to get dessert! Water was refilled promptly, though, by the busboy, which I appreciated.

On the way out, I snuck a peek at the dinner menu. It definitely looks tempting. If only they had their liquor license! But someday, definitely. As for brunch, I'd return. You can make reservations (so important for me), and the food is quite nice.

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