Montara Cafe & Bakery
With a bright red exterior, inviting and warm interior seating, and definitely off the main drag of Highway 1, Montara Cafe & Bakery (1400 Main Street, Montara) opened three days ago and will quietly be embraced by the coastside community and a go-to place for a breakfast...
I hit it this morning for a coffee and was pleasantly surprised to learn they are baking fresh pastries and croissants every morning. I tried the classic cheese danish which I found nicely crunchy and rich with pastry cream.
What will bring me back is the diverse menu; Icelandic Pönnukökur (crepes with jam, butter, and honey whipped cream), Chilaquilles and Huevos Rancheros, Balinese bacon-fried rice with eggs (served with spicy sambal sauce), or Hawaiian "Loco Moco" which reads as 2 eggs with grass-fed beef patty, mushroom gravy, sauteed onions, and mushrooms. There is also scrambles of various ilk, breakfast burritos, eggs benedict, macadamia nut pancakes, bagels, and more.
Thanks for the nice review. As a Montara resident, I'm thrilled to have this wonderful bakery and cafe in our neighborhood. I'm addicted to their pastries so I make my way down Seventh St. each morning for one. The breakfast are delicious and the local family that's running it are simply delightful.
My fiance and I went for a full sit-down breakfast last Sunday (their fifth day). They are still working out a few bugs, but I am encouraged...
The problems: For starters, by 9:30 a.m., they had run out of salmon. You have to order at the counter and then sit down and wait which is not that big of a problem, except for coffee service. They bring you a cup of coffee and you have to go back up to their self-service area for cream and sugar (none on the tables?) and, if you want a refill, you have to go back and stand in line again... Not great service for that idea.
We ordered the eggs benedict Florentine (ham & spinach). The eggs were perfectly poached, the ham was a very thick slice, and the spinach was nicely cooked. My fiance wasn't thrilled with the fact that the English muffins weren't toasted and he thought the Hollandaise lacked lemon. There were some potatoes on the side, and they had to have been tossed with some brown/reddish spice because they were dark enough to be crunchy, but really weren't. Could have done with the addition of some onions or something.
We also ordered the Icelandic Pönnukökur (turns out the owners are Icelandic and Hawaiian), which were nicely made crepes with sweetened whip cream and jam. My fiance really liked these and the owner indicated that the cast-iron pan these are made in came from her husband's Iceland family and that the pan is 150 years old or so.
Our weekend meals tend to be Dim Sum at Koi Palace, so I have a feeling I'll be eating there alone more during the week and will continue reporting as I eat through the menu. (p.s. I moved to Montara a few months ago and walk down Fifth Street...)