One word defined Le Neuf Cafe: mignon. (Cute in French)
It was noticeble that the owners put a careful consideration in terms of decor, location (hidden in a residence cul-de-sac downtown) and to their selections. Everything down to the pastries are authentic – the experience took me right back to my trip to Paris. Comfy and adorable in every sense.
Their servicing is a bit confusing as you order up front and they would bring the selections to you, which could have been a setback for pastries, but the servers were attentive nonetheless.
I first ordered a plain butter croissant (2.50) and a Chai tea latte (2.00). The chai was nothing special but the croissant was worth every cent. Fluffy and flaky but not to the point that it would make a mess. It was a bit of heaven as each bite just melted in my mouth.
I proceeded straight to their brunch menu as I’ve heard much about it.
I ended up ordering The Benedicto ($11-12) which was a lovely combination of eggs Benny on Proscuitto, with hollandaise on brioche with some greens, potato salad topped with diced tomato and tarragon for garnish.
The brioche was a bit thick for my taste as it was difficult to cut and kind of a big bite – though the intermingling of the textures of the silky egg, the subtle sauce, the tang of tomato, nuttiness of tarragon and buttery brioche made up for it – it was a really heavy dish but thoroughly enjoyable. I’m not a huge fan of tomatoes, but I found myself scooping every last bit on the plate – so much yum!
I’m usually pretty picky with my greens as usually restaurants tend to lather their spring mixes with Balsamic vinegar. These greens were greens done right – lightly coated to clean the palette but adding an overall refreshing crunch to compliment the intensity of the Benedicto.
This was the first time in my years in Toronto that I have been to such a pleasant cafe – with such care and love put in, this place definitely has me as a summer regular.