i-cafe still around?
My girlfriend and I were in Teele Sq. last night, around 7:30pm,
and found that I-Cafe was closed..we tried calling the number,
and found it disconnected. Does anyone know if it is still in
We ended up grabbing sandwiches in Grand Prix Cafe on Mass Ave,
which was a nice little place (and upon getting home I found it
had been mentioned in the Globe's Calendar); I was full but
curious to try their desserts, which were tempting looking.
Unfortunately, I think it has closed before we had a chance to try it out. Read some nice things about it here (I think it's the ex-owner of Soundbites?). I've not seen the sandwich board on the sidewalk since the holidays. Too bad. But the location, right next to and down the stairs from a dentist's office, was going to make it tough to survive.
Just as a followup (thanks to a l i c e for posting that it was actually open), my g'friend and I
went to i-cafe last night and had a _really_ nice time. The place was empty, so Ali and Sam
(owners?) had time to chat. Seems they were closed earlier on because Ali had some bad
back problems unexpectedly.
Enough of that..now about the food..I tasted two of the sweet crepes and they were really
good. I'm no crepe expert, but I certainly could tell that the nutella crepe I got at Mr. Crepe
last weekend was horrible, and the i-cafe banana and strawberry crepe (drizzled w/choc
syrup, I think) was really tasty! It was light, thin, slightly chewy.
I really DO hope these guys do well! They're nice, the crepes (I tasted) were good, the
layout of the place is awfully pleasant..kind of a "middle eastern" feel (which makes sense
since I believe they're from Morocco)..couches and chairs around. Friday nights they will
have North African music live at 8pm. And they said they do breakfasts Fri-Sun. If Ali's
pancakes are anything like his crepes..mm..yum.
The entrance is rather hidden, unfortunately..right between Amelia's and a dentist's office..
you enter, go down a set of stairs, open the door, and voila. The kind of place I might expect
more in..I dunno..in NYC or maybe Tokyo, squeezed in. But really great vibe to the place.
Ali is deifinitely Morrocan. (OH Boy, MC SLim, wasn't there some recent posts about Morrocans moving into the North End recently,) We said hello to Ali at iCafe tonight (we'd already eaten, so we didn't sample the food...guess we could've mustered a crepe, but I just wasn't in the mood for one tonight). The basement location is really quite cool and totally unexpected by climbing down those their stairs, just as amatto writes. Seating looks comfortable, made for socializing between groups, mirrors ringing the room. Ali seems a young, cool, guy -- he's bringing in live music, special Morrocan dishes, and belly dancers Friday nights, which he says get crowded. We want to check it out this week. Anyone else in the 'hood interested (or not in the hood for that matter)? Ali said after 8 pm.is when it started to fill up. I'd be willing to head over around 8 or 9 pm to enjoy the atomsphere. Interested parties can email me off board. One caveat - no alcohol served so you should get tanked before hand, if you so wish.
Finally checked out their expanded brunch menu. I had a pretty good veggie omelette, my companions were pleased with their pancakes. Food is solid, if not outstanding, but service was surprisingly slow. Still, a very nice vibe and it's great to have another breakfast option in this area.