Note to self: when going to a restaurant, don’t take up a table next to the door. Especially if the restaurant is a popular spot like Cafe Salade de Fruits. The latter is a small but popular French cafe located a couple of blocks from Broadway. When I arrived, the staff offered me either a seat by the door or one further inside the restaurant. For whatever idiotic reason, I decided to just sit next to the door. That proved to be a bad choice for people kept on entering and exiting out the door. I swear, every minute I had someone pass by me either on their way inside or out of the restaurant. One woman even almost tripped over the bag that I had placed on the ground on her way through the door.
Fortunately, my poor choice of seating didn’t discourage me from the food. Cafe Salade de Fruit serve a lunch menu consisting of a rotating variety of sandwiches, quiche, crepes and other items. I had their Poulet Cordon Bleu and Daily Sandwich (which was steak).
Poulet Cordon Bleu ($18):
This consisted of breaded chicken breast that’s stuffed with ham and cheese, and is served with a creamy mushroom sauce, fries, and salad. The chicken was quite tender and moist in spite of being white meat, and is very flavourful from the ham and cheese. The mushroom sauce was creamy and had a nice fragrance. I also really enjoyed their fries, which were thin and super crispy.
Sandwich + Soup ($14):
Their sandwiches vary; the one I had was steak. I’m generally not a big fan of steak, but I really enjoyed the version here: it was quite tender and juicy, albeit just a tad underseasoned for my liking. I really enjoyed the bread, which was nice and crusty, as well as the condiments, which included caramelized onions and mustard. The sandwiches come with either fries, salad or soup; I went with soup since the chicken cordon bleu was served with fries. The soup was a creamy clam chowder; I quite enjoyed it, even though it was a bit short on clams (which I didn’t mind since I’m not big on clams).
In spite of being distracted by fellow patrons every minute, I still quite enjoyed my visit to Cafe Salade de Fruits. The food was tasty and pretty good portions for the quality and price. The service was quite friendly, and the staff took their time to explain the menu to me. I do have one complaint however: they appear to have forgotten to serve me any complimentary bread. Even though I had ordered more than enough food, and was certainly not left hungry, I still couldn’t help but feel a bit jealous seeing all the other tables receiving plates of bread and butter. Bread aside however, this is still a great joint, and I’d highly recommend checking this shop out.