Service: So nice! Our server was very pleasant—not too hard on the eyes either—and the owner was preparing food over a small stove in a tiny kitchen. Our service was timely, but if you have to wait a while for your food, that’s why. It’s thoughtfully crafted food, not mass produced Denny’s. He and his wife chatted with us for a while after our meal, and also gave a complimentary slice of Linzer torte—from the oldest recipe known to date.
New Orleans Iced Coffee | blend of coffee is cold brewed for 14 hours with roasted French chicory and sweetened with organic cane sugar. the result is a potent concentrate that we cut with organic milk— sweet, creamy, award-winning $ 5.50
Polar Opposite | an unusual drink of hot & cold stratified layers including: crema, Hayes Valley espresso by Blue Bottle, sweet organic milk, and roasted organic French chicory simple syrup $ 5.50
Truffled Egg Brioche | sous-vide poached farm egg, asparagus, preserved lemon, bottarga, fontina $ 12
Potato Frittata | rosemary-roasted heirloom potato varieties, roasted garlic, sauted baby spinach, goat cheese $ 11
Lamb Bacon | smoked $ 4.50
Most importantly, the coffee served here is out of this world. It’s worth a visit for the New Orleans iced coffee or a polar opposite alone. Or Both. Weekly. Or everyday. If only I lived nearby… Both sweet and creamy, yet incredibly bold and full of flavor. It’s the best damn coffee I’ve had since visiting Cafe Trieste.
The aroma of truffle wafted over the table as the first dish arrived. Flakey, chewy, sweet brioche bread topped with nutty melted fontina, fresh asparagus, and poached egg provided a balanced, yet unique gustatory experience. A hint of lemon was very refreshing. The frittata was nice as well, with meaty chunks of rosemary heirloom potatoes. How can you go wrong with freshly roasted garlic tomatoes and goat cheese on top of eggs?! Or… a side of lamb bacon? (Hint: You can’t.)
Kudos: The FRUIT. I almost ordered fruit because it looked so good at another table, but I didn’t. After sampling some berries with the complimentary torte, I regretted this decision. Best raspberry I’ve ever eaten.
Overall: I’m in love with this place: the adorable decor, the coffee, the friendly staff, the food. Even the straws are cute? European influenced gourmet fusion without pretension. Did I mention the coffee? I almost never venture to Carmel; that needs to change. I’m already anticipating a specific dish…
51 City Center Dr
Carmel, IN 46032