I recently visited Cafe 13 with some friends while having a night out. Not expecting much based on the downtown core of Cambridge, I was pleasantly surprised on entering the restaurant. The place has got a very 80's vibe to it, but very comforting at the same time. The bartender was very quick to get us seated, and immediately let us know about the Beer they have on tap and bottled. I must say if you are a fan of craft beer, than Cafe 13 is your new favorite place. A well rounded selection and we were informed that they will soon be bringing in a bunch of seasonal beers as well as being the main destination for the Ontario Craft Brewing week.
As for the food, it was impeccable. We ordered the Gourmet Nachos and Antipasto Paddle to start. This is not your typical bar food, the nachos were amazing but not what you would expect. Crisp corn chips topped with cherry tomatos, bacon, and chopped shrimp, avocado cream sauce, and a creamy mornay cheese sauce (More of a high-end take on Arena style nachos). The antipasto paddle was probably the best part of the meal. Housemade pickles, amazing local cheese, and to top it all off meats that are cured by the kitchen team, nothing brought in from outside sources. The serving staff were very quick to point out such things to our group, and it leaves a great impression, seeing how much care is put into the food.
I went with an old standby for my main Steak. Although normally a boring choice, this was quite possibly the best cooked steak I have ever had; perfect medium rare, and the accompany vegetables swiss chard and what I was told was celeriac tossed in a homemade cashew butter were amazing.
For dessert I tried one of there in-house desserts a Chocolate Almond Square. Unbelievable, that is all I can say.
The entire meal was a great experience, the decor could probably use some updating, but the staff is great, the food amazing, and the fact that there is not a single TV in the place is amazing.
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