There are two sections in this new cafe. A long entrance with tables and a large back room complete with a major childrens play area. So, if you dont want to be bothered with children, sit in the front room. If you have children, highly recommend this place that has areas for children to climb, childrens furniture and shelves of toys, books, and games.
In addition to serving coffee and tea they have fresh squeezed juice. The cost of the juice depends on how many pieces of fruit or vegetables they use for the juice.
There are bagels and cookies. Then there is the Spanish side. The Spanish Breakfast ($2.75) has fresh squeezed orange juice, café con leche and Andalucan toast. Tomatoes are involved. I havent tried this yet. This has to be the bargain of the year since fresh squeezed OJ alone costs more than that at most places.
The tapas are $2. Currently they involve various Spanish cured meats and cheeses. They just opened last Sunday. The Asian owner, who is from Spain, said there would be more interesting tapas in the future. I sprang for the most expensive item in the place the tapas sampler plate ($12).
This is the most Spanish tapas Ive had in the Bay Area. It really reminded me of being in Spain where tapas dont have to be a big thing, just a nice snack. There were Spanish olives, dried cranberries, crackers, thick slices of bread, meats, cheese and a bottle of olive oil to drizzle over everything. On the side there was a warm bowl of thick tomato spread to dip bread into. It was lovely with a light garlic taste.
So the cranberries arent Spanish, but the owners wife said she thought they went nice with the creamy goat cheese. There were slices of manchego cheese as well as some creamy-textured Gouda.
The meats included chorizo blanco marbled with pieces of white fat, cantimpalo, and fuet. They use a Spanish importer for the meats. Theres a web picture of chorizo blanco below. The chorizo cantimpalo was deep red from sweet paprika. The fuet, a Catalan pork chorizo, was almost creamy when chewed. The Spanish olives were nice, but I forgot to order the olives stuffed with salmon ($1.25).
They have a Friday and Saturday night special that is listed below.
There are also some green salads and sandwiches. Very sparse menu, so far. No liquor license yet.
A few blocks up from the Albany theatre, this is really a surprising space. It looks tiny in the front, but the back is large, spacious with a high unfinished ceiling with skylights. The floor is made of sparkly, tiny pebbles. The walls are painted yellow cinderblock,There is a nice private patio in the back which should be pleasant in nicer weather. The front room tables have vases of tulips and some lighted candles. Spanish guitar muslc was playing in the background.
I forgot to ask about Wi-Fi, but there were a few plugs on the walls. Seems like this would be a great place to bring a computer and sip coffee.
The owners have a little girl and when I left the mom was sitting on the childs couch with her toddler on her lap and reading one of the story books. It was a very pleasant place.
It should be interesting to see how the place evolves. Heres the special menu.
Friends and family night
Friday and Saturday 5 7 pm
Spanish tapas for 2 3 people $15
Assorted meat and cheese plate
(comes with tomato spread)
Cheese & fruit plate
(comes with tomato spread & quince fruit)
marinated sardines and mussels in olive oil ($5 extra)
All come with crackers & slices of toast
Sides - $1,.25
Salmon stuffed olives
Nightcap special 2x1 cappuccinos (decaf optional