This cafe opened in downtown Durham in the last week or so. It is down the street from Toast, Whiskey, etc. I have gone there for lunch two times now with various colleagues so I thought I'd provide a report. First off, this place is gorgeous! Nice views out of the glass fronting the cafe, a nice mix of comfy sofas and chairs to sit in, as well as tables and chairs-- the place has a nice modern yet comfy vibe. The first time I had the oyster po boy and a cup of chicken florentine soup (~$8). You can opt for a salad instead of the soup. The po boy was very tasty, the oysters perfectly cooked-- slight crunch on the outside yet creamy in the middle-- I just wished more than four came in the sandwhich (also a haiser type roll instead of the hoagie shape one thinks of for po boys). The soup was very good as well, maybe a notch below Toast's soup offerings but a good run for their money. I got a slice of red velvet cake to share for dessert. The cake itself was the best damn cake I've EVER had, moist yet dense and really flavorful. The icing was good but it was buttercream-- true red velvet requires cream cheese frosting. My coworkers got their club and chicken salad sandwiches and these were much more substantial sandwiches. If you're hungry get the club.
The second time I got the chicken salad on croissant with a ginger sweet potato soup. Now this soup was on par with anything Toast has had to offer. A coworker bought a slice of German chocolate cake to share-- oh my! My fellow hounds you have to try their cakes! I talked to the owner, Dorian, and he said they brought in a person who used to be a cook at Guglhupf to do the cooking and they get their desserts from a bakery in Greensboro. Their coffee is sourced by a roaster in Raleigh (the name escapes me right now, not Larry's Beans).
I think Beyu Caffe is yet another winner in downtown Durham.