It’s almost a hole in wall, hardly noticeable unless you’re looking for it. It’s located on SE 1st street, it’s only indication a small wooden sign that hangs from the wall stating you’ve reached “Café Bastille.” We visited the modest locale on a Sunday afternoon, and it was packed. We sat on high chairs with the barrel-like tables–a concept which I truly liked–but they were too uncomfortable to eat in. However, we were hoping for a table outside, since the weather was cool and breezy that day. As soon as the first table cleared, we rushed to take the seats as a line of clients was starting to form.
The decor is lovely, with lights hanging from the ceiling inside and wooden tables and chairs aligned on either side. However, the service is a completely different story. After about 10 minutes of sitting in our table, one of the waiters finally noticed the table had not been cleaned and no one had come to check on us and called our waitress. Another 15 minutes went by before we were able to place our Café au Lait orders and get the table cleaned. Don’t get me wrong, the staff is extremely friendly–and I think this is one of the reasons why we tried to overlook it–but it’s also rather slow. Nonetheless, our cafés came around and we placed our food orders.
The moment I saw the crepes, I knew that was the way to go. So I decided on the Crepe Paysanne. It was delicious–the chicken and country ham mixed in with the melted cheese and the stark flavor of Dijon mustard, just spectacular. It came accompanied by a small, but very appetizing salad. We also ordered the Two Eggs Any Style. We went with scrambled eggs, accompanied by cut up and seasoned potatoes, sausage, and bread. It was in essence a very typical breakfast, but much like the crepe, it tasted really well.
And, of course, we could not leave without trying at least a few desserts. We went with the Crème Brûlée and the Mini Chocolate Fondant. The crème brûlée had good flavor, but its consistency was too liquid and had too thick of a top layer, so it made it very sugary. While my preference for chocolate is usually milk chocolate, the fondant tasted well even with the dark chocolate.
Café Bastille is a locale that has been located in the same location for over 10 years, but re-opened hardly a few weeks ago after a five-month remodeling process. It’s a place that has a bit of history to it, but even better, great food. While I really do hope the service improves–or hopefully it was just that one bad experience–I’m looking forward to going back and trying more of what they have to offer.