New coffee/crepe place in Teele Square?
- finlero Oct 21, 2006 01:42 PM
Friday night in Teele Square, walked past a sandwich board for a basement place between Tip Top and Amelia's. Menu was primarily crepes and espresso drinks. Was running late, or I would have stopped in to take a peek.
Is this place new, or just new to me? Regardless, has anyone been? The music and slight glow drifting up the staircase gave it a certain bohemian allure...
P.S. I must reiterate my [apparently contrarian] high opinion of Amelia's margherita pizza.
I had the opportunity over the weekend to answer my own question.
The place is called I-cafe, and has only been open for a few weeks. Very cool, Bohemian basement coffee house; dimly lit, exotic North African/Middle Eastern decor, lots of couches, DJ setup in the corner, free wireless Internet.
Menu is a short list of sweet and savory crepes (about 10 choices total), made to order with a remarkably good batter (hints of orange and vanilla).
Savory crepes: we had more success with these. I really enjoyed my chicken, endive, and pesto, with chicken cooked to order. DC's tuna melt was very good too.
Sweet crepes: no Nutella?!!!! We split a chocolate, strawberry, and banana. The fruit was fresh and of fine quality. The chocolate was adequate, but a little too sweet for my taste.
Coffee: the espresso was fine, but nothing to write home about. I plan to try the drip coffee, but I'm not holding out any hope for greatness.
Bottom line: while this place isn't destined to become a Chowhound darling, the overall vibe of the place, coupled with perfectly acceptable consumables, will bring me back, likely with laptop in lap.
Thanks for the detailed report! We first saw the sign go up in the dentist's office a couple of weeks ago, thought it was a little strange location for a face, and then it kept falling off our radar. I hope to check it out this week!
finally stopped by tonight. had a chicken, tomato, pesto. excellent! not really a meal, but a nice little nosh for the price. and the pesto had quite the kick -- said it was the garlic oil. whatever it was it was great. also had the hot chocolate, which was good, if a bit sweet for my taste.
got to talking to the owner, ali, who, it turns out to be the original owner of soundbites. he sold out to the breakfast nazi 9 or 10 years ago. made me a banana crepe on the house -- nice touch.
i do love the idea of this place. it's in the basement, with a low ceiling (and lights) and lots of comfy couches. do hope that tufts students find this place. reminds me a lot of the original algiers when i spent a good chunk of time during my undergraduate years.