Upon entering the bright, airy restaurant, you can't help but ogle the impressive dessert case, along with all of the fresh breakfast treats that fill covered dishes along the top and side of the case. But I was here for some serious eating; the bakery items would have to wait (who said that?).
As with last time, the rules of the restaurant are a little confusing. It gives off a very casual vibe, but a little indication: verbal or written, of where to go would be greatly appreciated. Wait to be seated? Order at the counter? It's a bit of a mystery and the waitstaff's acknowledgement and assistance of obviously confused clientele is still hit or miss. In their defense, it is relentlessly busy.
Once seated, the somewhat tag-team service comes across as significantly unbalanced since it ranges from super-efficient and friendly to not at all interested. Sometimes the table is set with paper menus, sometimes you mosey yourself up to the counter to grab one yourself (it's difficult to see the menu that is printed on the wall from your seat in the dining area). No one tells you the specials; you can read them off the board at the counter.
Because the place is perpetually packed and bustling, any of the teamwork-oriented staff is ready to take your order as soon as your ready. The only problem is, that's where the efficiency dwindles. The selections don't necessarily come out in any discernable order, and there is
the ones I covet from Candle 79, but equally fantastic in their own way. Although the menu description is, well, non-descript: they are actually served deliciously Indian-spiced with a cooling dipping sauce. Highly recommend. In fact, much like Candle 79, I probably wouldn't visit without ordering this dish.
My somewhat random order of a veggie savory biscuit with cheese no longer seemed odd considering the bizarre order the courses were being served in, and I was anxious to dig in. I asked our main server if the cheese was Daiya and he said he didn't know. I confirmed that they use Daiya in other menu offerings and he responded, "Yeah. So, probably." Indifference be damned, that was one delicious veggie cheese biscuit! I think it would have been even better had I taken it home, warmed it in the oven, and covered it in gads more melty cheddar Daiya.
And then it was time for dessert and I was stuffed. The begrudging omni had chosen to order separately and had eaten only dessert up until this point (as well as a few bites of our seemingly irresistable potato salad; see photo), and the vegetarian was in general lightweight form: leaving the bulk of the lunch consumption up to me. Therefore I could not fit in another bite. The answer? Take-out!
I had to bring home some of their tried & true chocolate-covered macaroons. While I recall them having had more of an almond flavoring in the past, they were as fresh (soft and moist) and yummy as I expected: even days later.
So there you have it: Peacefood Cafe's food continues to be of extremely high standard, while the service and organization a little less so. If the crowd is any indication, they have nothing to worry about; I too will be back: repeatedly. But some semblance of order would still be appreciated to do justice to their incredible food!