New coffee/crepe place in Teele Square?
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.
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.