As Winnipeg continues to open up during our Coronavirus Pandemic, I’m featuring another place I visited a little while before lockdown. Cafeaze International Coffees, Cookies, & More is located on Portage Avenue, just across from the University of Winnipeg.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed – Saturday and Sunday
Dine in available.
The building was a Royal Bank for many years, and before it became a restaurant it house a department of the University. I can`t remember which one. If you remember please feel free to pass on that information.
Cafeaze International was sharing their building space with Opa Souvlaki. Unfortunately, that Opa location has closed permanently as a result of Coronavirus. With the most recent relaxation of the rules, Cafeaze is open for dining in. The beauty of the place is that it is long and somewhat narrow. That means that there are plenty of tables that can be used and space given for physical distancing.
The first thing to note about this place is the staff. Every time I go in, the staff are friendly and welcoming. They bring enthusiasm to their job that helps brighten up the day.
Cafeaze International Cookies
When thinking about the cafe name, it might be easy to overlook the word international. However when you see the menu you`ll realize that International is important. Several countries are represented in the cookie choices. Greece is the main one, but there are many others.
The plate in the picture above represents Greece and Argentina. The Greek cookies are a sesame seed covered one, and an Ammonia cookie. The Argentinian one is an Alfajores, a hazelnut filled shortbread style cookie. One trait that all three cookies share is that they are not all that sweet.
Salad to Go
I showed up on my most recent visit just after 1 pm. I figured I should eat something more than just cookies. My snack addition is German Potato Salad. This is not quite what I was expecting. I hoped for a more mustardy type flavour. However, there is a good mix of green pepper and red onion to give the salad a bit of crunch.
There are plenty of beverage options at Cafeaze. On my most recent trip I went for the Turkish Coffee. This is prepared in an electric coffee maker. It is quite good, but lacks a little of the bite that I associate with Turkish Coffee. I find this one closer to espresso than to Turkish Coffee.
This morning I stopped in for a breakfast sandwich and a latte.
The breakfast sandwich is ham, cheese, and egg. You may have trouble noticing the ham in the picture. The reason is that the three ingredients are combined together in something closer to a frittata. There is certainly a good portion of ham in the sandwich. I also like that the mayo is not overdone.
I only took my phone along with me, but if you like to enjoy coffee and a treat, while reading a book, Cafeaze is an excellent place to do so.