By Annabelle Goodman –181 Dovercourt Rd. 416 588 3374
I have a dear friend who loves to eat at small diners and cafes. She challenged me to find a new spot for us to enjoy some good food and lots of chatter.
Would you believe I googled ‘small cafes on quiet streets’? Luna appeared on my screen and we set out to have a new experience. Dovercourt is a residential street. Luna used to be a corner grocery store. The sign advertising meat and vegetables is still apparent over the front window. An original old cabinet remains and some of the brick wall is exposed. This place speaks of a past but has the wonderful feeling of a community café. I realized that I have driven by this place on several occasions and noticed people sitting outdoors at the café. It opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes after lunch.
The young lady serving us was most attractive and so sweet. We fell in love with the ambiance. We had such a good time we didn’t realize that we had long overstayed our visit. Nobody seemed to mind and we truly felt welcome.
We arrived for brunch and ordered from the breakfast menu. We each ordered Eggs with Avocado, Tomatoes and the best bread I have ever eaten. My friend had poached eggs. Mine were scrambled to perfection. The heavy rye bread comes from a Polish grocery store in the west end. Not since I was in Russia have I enjoyed bread like this. A fresh green salad with tasty vinaigrette was served on the plate. We enjoyed every delicious bite.
Montreal Bagels with butter and cheese are offered at $3.00 Home Made Granola with organic oats, flaked coconut, pumpkin seeds, raisins, seasonal fruit, organic yogurt and maple syrup is a great early morning special.($9.50) What a way to start your day. Scramble Wraps are offered with a variety of fillings such as spinach, eggs, smoked salmon and cheese. All wraps are served with a spring salad.
We were still sitting there when the lunch crowd started arriving. Naturally I was looking to see what was ordered.
The Sandwiches are served on delicious looking bread and all come with a spring green salad. I can’t wait to return for the Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Pepper, Spinach, Gruyere and sun Dried Pesto.($10.50) Dill Omelet with Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion, Smoked Gruyere and Garlic Aioli was so tempting.($10.50)
At lunch fresh Soup ($4.50/$5.50) and Salads are also available. The Arugula Salad with organic shitake mushrooms, red onion is served in a balsamic vinaigrette with goat’s cheese crostini ($8.75) The Baby Spinach Salad is prepared with caramelized pears, red onion, walnuts and aged blue cheese in a maple mustard dressing ($8.75)
A variety of teas and coffee are listed on a blackboard over the counter. Fresh Juices and Smoothies are also served. You can watch all the kitchen action while enjoying your food.
The food was prepared in a loving way and we ate it all with passion. The total ambiance is inviting. Fun! Delicious! Welcoming!