Chaise Cafe & Lounge

June23

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I get a kick out of plays-on-words and Chaise Café & Lounge is a clever pun for me.  I have heard speculation that perhaps the restaurant is so named because of the sleek white leather couches that adorn the lounge.  In fact, I would venture to guess that the café’s moniker comes from the owner’s name: Shea, hence Shea’s or Chaise.  This is clever stuff, for a “wordie” and a “foodie”, like me.

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The occasion for the lunch was the celebration of two birthdays both occurring days prior.  A sunny deck was in order and Chaise’s south facing one on Provencher Ave., with an array of blossoming planters buffering the street traffic, was just the ticket.

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My friend decided upon the Basil Pesto Fettuccine and Roasted Beet Salad.  The pasta was virtually weightless when I tasted a forkful and yet the sparkling freshness of the house-made pesto was almost electrifying.  I would definitely order this dish again to experience that single taste.  Instead of the roasted beet salad which was described on the menu-slices of boiled beet adorned the plate with a hearty drizzling of a tasty dressing. 

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I opted for a healthy veggie burger comprised of an eggplant patty with cilantro, jalapeño and walnuts and topped with smoked provolone cheese and spinach.  I eat eggplant every chance I get and was surprised and well-pleased with how its taste is enhanced by cilantro.  The multi-grain flatbread that it came perched upon, contributed to the hearty nutty flavours.  I tucked in with my knife and fork to savour every little bite. 

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In contrast, I went all out when I “upgraded” the fries to poutine.  The promise of rich duck fat gravy, cheese curds, truffle oil and candied bacon was simply too much to resist.  I could not detect any truffle oil and the candied bacon was sparse but the other aspects of the dish were decadently delicious.  The duck fat gravy was rich as promised, but did not really have the consistently of gravy.  This is an observation only and I lapped up every dollop.

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When our server found out that we were both celebrating birthdays, the café treated us to dessert.  Tiramisu was my friend’s choice and I, a coconut cake.  With a creamy butter icing and liberal doses of coconut, both toasted and untoasted, I was grateful for the gift.

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Kath’s quote: “Pounding fragrant things — particularly garlic, basil, parsley — is a tremendous antidote to depression. But it applies also to juniper berries, coriander seeds and the grilled fruits of the chilli pepper.
Pounding these things produces an alteration in one’s being — from sighing with fatigue to inhaling with pleasure. The cheering effects of herbs and alliums cannot be too often reiterated. Virgil’s appetite was
probably improved equally by pounding garlic as by eating it.”-
Patience Gray

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“Chaise Cafe & Lounge”

  1. Avatar June 23rd, 2014 at 5:15 pm Shea Ritchie Says:

    Kathryne,

    Thank you for your extremely complimentary review!

    I’m glad to hear that the staff were so quick to help celebrate your birthday with our desserts. We take pride in going the extra step to anticipate anything we can do to create an exceptional dining experience for our valued guests.

    From all of us at the Cafe, we are thrilled that you had a wonderful visit and look forward to our next opportunity to serve you!

    Please be sure to check out our new menu that we plan to launch in the upcoming weeks (before July). We promise to have many exciting changes for the regular and Prix Fixe Group Menu.

    It is also likely that we may extend our special Monday promotion which can be found at our website: http://www.chaisecafe.com. With the voucher, we offer 50% off ALL food purchases for any sized group as long as they don’t have a reservation. It’s a fun new way to get bloggers and people to try us out – but come early, Monday’s are no longer a slow day at the cafe!

    Much Appreciation,

    Shea Ritchie

    PS…Love-that is all!


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