I don’t often venture down Osborne past Osborne Village into the area known as South Osborne. However, earlier this year I was down in the area for an event and decided to stop in at Cafe D’Amour for a cup of coffee. I enjoyed that visit, and decided I would make the effort to get down to the cafe again. This time around I went for some of the food items on the menu as well as for a beverage.
Cafe D’Amour is a cozy little spot. There are not a lot of tables available, but they are set up in such a way as to make you feel you have your own little spot. I really like the fact that there is a variety of table styles as well as seating arrangements. Some places have mood lighting, Cafe D’Amour has mood seating.
The menu is immediately on your right as you enter the front door. It comes with a handy flow chart that offers suggestions based on how hungry you might be. I went with the Quite hungry option, but then added a little something because I was quite, quite hungry. You might want to make note of what you’re in the mood for before you proceed to the counter to order. Otherwise, like me, you’ll have to walk back to the chalkboard to discover what’s on offer.
Cafe D’Amour Early Supper
The sandwich I went for was the hot and spicy chicken sandwich. It was very tasty, but sadly wasn’t spicy and had little heat of the peppery variety. Though, it was hot in the temperature of the food sense. When it was brought to my table, it also arrived with a small bowl of finger vegetables. This was a nice added touch.
While there was a nice selection of desserts, cookies, etc in the case, I chose the mixed nuts that were on offer. It was a decent sized portion for $3.00, and there was not a peanut to be found in the container. This was a quality serving of mixed nuts.
As you might know, I do a lot of my dining on my own. Sometimes I spend a fair bit of my phone, but I also like to bring a book along to have something to read. This is easier at Cafe D’Amour as one of the features of the restaurant that I appreciate is that there is a decent selection of books for patrons to read as they dine.This gives the place a vibe that is fairly similar to the Neighbourhood Bookstore and Cafe.
The first time I was in I read a little Rebus by Ian Rankin, having not read one of them for a while. This time I enjoyed a bit of one of the 44 Scotland Street novels by Alexander McCall Smith. All this while leisurely sipping the rich, warm Mocha I had been served. The service gave that good sense of being efficient, while not leaving you feeling rushed. Cafe D’Amour is a good place to visit if you would like to pass a couple of peaceful hours in the late afternoon.