Luncheonette, 173 Rankins Road, Kensington.
Luncheonette is a lovely Kensington place I could describe as having “been on our radar”.
But maybe we would never have gotten around to it had we not been happy to accept an invite from pals to join them for Saturday brunch.
As the four of us amble towards the cafe, I see people seemingly waiting outside for a table – and fear I may have to make a complete hypocrite of myself as I’ve just a few hours earlier penned and posted a piece about the lunacy of queues and hopelessly long wait times.
But no, happily we are ushered right to an inside table for four and proceed to make happy.
The place is small but happily the menu is cleverly designed to fit right in with the limited prep space.
Many dishes look enticing.
We go with three sandwiches and an egg dish.
On the way over, Bennie had shown interest in the fact Luncheonette boasts a reuben sandwich.
I’d warned him that generally one gets what one pays for and that for $13 he should not be fronting up and expecting a two-handed monster.
As it turns out, his reuben has surprising heft for the price, with plenty of sliced pastrami going down a treat with the gruyere, cabbage and mustard, and an American style offering of crisps and sliced pickles on the side.
No bad at all!
My club sandwich ($13) does not impress quite so much, though chopped chicken is tasty and beautifully herbed.
I don’t get much of a hit from the promised “crispy bacon”, though …
I hear no complaints from the recipient of the BLT variation, which appears to be bolstered by a good quantity of avocado.
I’d only say that for myself, alfalfa sprouts have no business being anywhere near a BLT … but others’ mileage may vary.
It appears the member of our group who goes the brunch route did the best of us all.
A simple fried egg is served with homemade hash browns, smoked salmon, horseradish cream and cress ($16).
It’s a lightish dish that explodes with a variety of different but fabulously complementary flavours.
Luncheonette was one of our favourite eateries when we lived in Kenso. Cute cafe, well-prepared & tasty food, excellent coffee and a very hospitable owner. A great spot.