The first thing that struck me when we stepped into Canteen was how unbelievably tiny it was. Even though Id read a number of reviews (many of which included pictures), somehow the small size really didnt register until I physically saw the four booths and handfull of barstools. The square-footage aside, I found the restaurant to be cute and well decorated with bright colors and a fun, modern twist on the classic dinner. I was once again surprised by size when we were handed our five item breakfast menu. However, I wasnt too fazed by the lack of choices since I was still able to order the popular chupacabra (soft scrambled eggs with black beans and chorizo).
The food ended up being good. I was not quite as blown away as I thought I was going to be given all of the glowing reviews Ive read recently. The eggs were light and fluffy and the black beans and chorizo were spicy just like I like my food. With a little Tabasco on top, breakfast was really quite delicious. My favorite part was actually the fresh salsa on top. I couldnt quite place what it was made of, but there was something green that was spicy and almost sour that gave the dish an unusual flavor that I enjoyed. My guess was tomatillas, but I dont think theyre in season right now, so Im not sure if thats correct. I just felt like the dish was missing something. Maybe a carbohydrate like toast (which I easily could have ordered) or even better a fresh pressed corn tortilla.
Still, breakfast was very good and I would happily go back again if invited. However, I dont think Id go back on my own or try to get my friend to go again. Maybe Ill try it for lunch sometime; shopping can make me hungry and the location is pretty convenient! But, if its breakfast or lunch that Im after, Id definitely pick Tartine, Rick and Anns, Foreign Cinema, or the Thai Buddhist brunch instead. In my opinion theyre more worth the lost hours of sleep!