Lafayette Kitchen & Cafe, an off-shoot of Lafayette Bakery in the Barnyard, opened eight weeks ago. It serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a selection of pastries from the bakery. The place was full at 10am on Sunday.
The cafe offers table service inside or out.
I started with a comforting cafe au lait, $2.
Seeing a few good-looking omelets, the French rolled style, go by I was going to try one for breakfast. But I ordered the Mission crepe, $10, filled with cheese and ratatouille. Big mistake, this was terrible. The doughy and undercooked crepe was not made with buckwheat, which is a fatal flaw in my book. Then the sunnyside up egg was cooked on too hot a pan making it tough and over browned on the bottom and utterly raw on top. I tried to segregate the mucous-y uncooked egg white from the runny yolk. The ratatouille filling was pretty good.
Here's the current menu. I overheard another table oohing over the French onion soup. Much as I love croque madame, I'd be loathe to try one until I see some evidence that the kitchen can cook a sunnyside up egg.
Before leaving, I picked up a couple pastries for later.
Lafayette Kitchen & Cafe
Dolores Street between 5th and 6th
Carmel by the Sea, CA
7am to 3pm