UPDATE (11.03.2018): I came back here. I was really aching to try one of their breakfast sets – Śniadanie na Trawie as they call it – which comes with either a cup of drip coffee or tea and one of their homemade cookies. I was particularly eyeing the vegan kiełbasa (two words I never thought I’d pair together unless they were some frozen Trade Joe’s product).
And – as they played “Great Balls of Fire” for the second time in a row – I went that way.
I got the lactose-free, vegan option of the vegan pepper kiełbasa with their focaccia bread, in-house pumpkin ketchup, hummus, and watercress salad with a light oil dressing and sprinkled with kala til. Everything had an unconventional flavor. The hummus – olive oil fattening it up – was savory, but fresh. The focaccia, nicely seared ensuring a toasty texture, was even herbed favorably. But, I know you’d like to know about the main event – that pseudo-sausage. And, the first thing you should know is that it is soft. As in, without any pressure at all, it will just break apart. It wouldn’t make a good burger patty, but fork and knife works just fine. I think it is mainly bean-based. As you break it apart, you see all the constituents. The fried onion, the bean skins, and of course the chopped red pepper. You may suspect that the texture would be a problem. On the contrary, with the bread and the many midribs of the watercress, their is more than enough structure. I don’t think I’d get it again although it is a unique dish that is not only meatless, but colorful. If you’re looking for something other than eggs and bacon or – in Poland – bułki z masłem i jajecznicę z kiełbasa, then you’ll enjoy this. It is also immensely satiating for what it is. Maybe it was the cookie.
Speaking of which, this semi-soft sugar cookie tastes oddly more like butter than butter tastes like butter. I feel like saying buttery doesn’t truly cover it. If you don’t like butter cookies, skip this. At first I tried to break a piece off and it wouldn’t budge. This made me nervous. However, I found that for this lightly browned biscuit, it was only a matter of biting into it. It doesn’t crumble apart. It just doesn’t lend itself to being ripped. But, if you need a soft cookie – like if that is essential in your cookie preferences, I would recommend not wasting your time on this.
But the coffee. Thank you Czarny Deszcz. It was full all the way through. When you get a black coffee and they make you an Americano, you frequently get a cup of coffee that tastes spotty or dulled. This cup boasted a flavor, soured by fruits that balanced with a well-rounded, caramel kind of sweet. Not only is it a cup that has a distinguishable initial bite, it is a cup of coffee that’s bite is the vigor of its base flavor for the life of the drink.