Cafe Luna – Central Square

On Miss Yunks’ actual birthday, she enjoyed a fabulous brunch at Cafe Luna with her parents, BF, and BF’s mom.  Cafe Luna is a very small (read: 30 seats) restaurant in Central Square in Cambridge that appears as a simple coffee shop from the outside, but from the inside it’s a vivacious cafe with an extraordinary brunch menu. There were two specials menus in addition to a regular offering of about 10 french toast varieties, pancakes, eggs, and all of your traditional brunch options.

Not only is the menu astonishing for such a small restaurant, but the staff is the friendliest I’ve seen.  My mom was able to get us a last minute reservation because the generous owner squeezed us in, and I mean he literally squeezed us into the 30 seat establishment.  Once seated, our server pointed out the extensive beverage menu written in chalk behind the counter and noted their special Dirty Chai Latte, a chai latte with an espresso shot.  Sold!

I loved the huge mug and the leaf design in the foam.  I always wonder how they do that.  I was also impressed that as I sipped my dirty chai latte, the foam design remained on top!  I’d never thought to add espresso to a chai latte but it was really delicious! I highly recommend you try one immediately.  I also enjoyed the crayons on the table and the birthday note BF’s mom wrote!

When our server returned to take our order, he encouraged each of us by claiming “great choice!”  The red bliss home fries were a “great choice” over toast.  BF’s Everything But the Kitchen Sink (basically eggs Benedict on top of a Belgian waffle) was a “great choice!”  We’d never been complimented so much by a server.  One mishap: our server told us they do not poach eggs in vinegar.  Turns out they do poach eggs in vinegar.  Remember this if you’re particular about your poached eggs.  I ordered off of the specials menu and chose a fig and goat cheese omelette with roasted leeks.

I’d never had fig in an omelette before and I was excited to try the fig and goat cheese combo.  It was sweet, tangy, and a perfect birthday treat. The red potatoes were also perfectly prepared and I’m glad I picked them over the toast!

Dad ordered the stuffed strawberry french toast special.  Of course, this was also delicious.

Oozing with strawberries, chocolate, and whipped cream, this was a very special dish.

I discovered Cafe Luna by researching best brunch spots in Cambridge and was excited to find excellent reviews for a new-to-me local restaurant.  I was really impressed with the food and the service here and will definitely be back!  The owner also gave me a bag of cookies to take home as a birthday present.  They disappeared too quickly to snap a photo, so you can take my word for it they’re huge and yummy, or you can hop on over to Cafe Luna and taste for yourself!

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What’s the best brunch you’ve had lately?

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  1. MelissaNibbles
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

    I’m in a sugar coma looking at the special. It looks amazing!

  2. FreeFoodBoston
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:16 AM | Permalink

    That omelette sounds amazing! Love fig and goat cheese. You’re adding so many good restaurants to my list of places to go!

  3. irene greif
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

    putting this together with your recent rave about blue room, you really should try their brunch. we’ve been there a couple of times (a while ago) and it always was wonderful.

  4. A Cambridge Story
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    I now have you to thank for opening my eyes to two Cambridge restaurants that I’d never heard of – this place and Gran Gusto. They both look fantastic. I can’t believe I live in Central and haven’t been here!

  5. Megan
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:26 PM | Permalink

    I didn’t even realize there were 30 seats in there. I go for lunch sometimes — love the copacabana sandwich!

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