Tucked away on the corner of Beaufain Street, when you walk into Leaf Café & Bar, expect the unexpected. The all-wood bar offered a sexy atmosphere with a comforting simplistic charm. My first choice of seating would have been the outdoor patio, but on this rainy evening we opted for the back dining room. As the weather continued to get colder I could not help but crave warm and homey comfort food—and that is exactly what Leaf has to offer.
The Chicken Tortilla Soup (soup of the day) was light and spicy. Each spoonful offered a tasty bite of well-spiced roasted chicken, tomatillo, red pepper, a hint of cinnamon, and an appropriate crunch added by the tortilla strips. Don’t let the picture fool you; the soup was smooth and flavorful.
I surprised myself a bit when I decided on Shepard’s Pie as a starter. Though it’s not a plate I am very familiar with I am tremendously happy I ordered it! The warm qualities of the pie are exactly what attracted me to the dish. The Guinness-based gravy was accompanied by ground beef, carrots, corn, and onion, all topped with cheese, creamy demi-glace truffle potatoes, and scallions. Hearty and savory, the pie was more of a meal than a starter.
For round three, we shared the absolutely gigantic leaf burger with 2 layers of Angus beef, vine ripe tomato, red onion, lettuce, pickles, bacon and crumbled blue cheese. I think the picture speaks for itself—the burger was phenomenal. With all of the toppings I could have gone without the second patty, but other than that I have no complaints; it was exactly the culinary coziness I was looking for.
Perfect for a date night, girl’s night out or even just to stop for a quick a drink and appetizer, Leaf does not disappoint. Don’t forget to check out their lunch menu for sandwiches, burgers and entrees all $12 or less!