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“Very Nice Cafe”
Review of Cafe Aunja

Cafe Aunja
Ranked #695 of 5,852 Restaurants in Montreal
Cuisines: Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Description: Come and join us in our charming and cozy gallery cafe, just a few blocks away from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Here, you can read books, mix and match your own tea, listen to music and enjoy the gallery. The cafe is all about exquisite food and drinks, music and art and believe it or not, you can even find vintage and Lomo cameras and learn how to take photos! Cafe Aunja is a perfect hideaway for a relaxing drink and quick meal to linger over. Hope to see you soon!
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Gallery, photo, performance, book, coffee, and food; all in one place; there; "aunja" Don't miss mix and match, and their specials...

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3  Thank Pouya J
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

I came for breakfast. Brunch, really, since it was just before 1 pm. There are only two breakfast options, the "petit déjeuner maison", promising mostly sweets, and the "petit déjeuner vert", which was mostly savoury. Both cost $13. I chose the former, which proved to be the wrong choice.

To begin, service was fairly awkward. The waitress seemed unsure of everything, including the menu. She was nice enough, but interaction remained a bit strange.

Then came the meal. The menu advertised bread, butter, honey, chocolate, jam, fresh fruit and tea or coffee. I chose coffee, which wasn't very good. As for the food... First I received a platter with three tiny dishes; one with honey, one with home-made jam, one with Nutella. Also, a few cups of Lactantia butter. Nutella seemed like a strange thing in lieu of "chocolate", but still, I like Nutella, so no problem there. It just seemed pretty stingy for $13. Then I received the bread. It was two lightly-toasted slices of soft, white grocery-store bread. Wonder Bread, basically. I was pretty appalled. The only thing there I couldn't get in a grocery store was the homemade jam, which was just OK. And the kicker? The "fresh fruit" mentioned on the menu was nowhere to be seen! I have no idea where the $13 went. I was still hungry after I finished it. Really, really disappointing.

One of my friends had the other breakfast (which came with cucumbers, tomatoes, nuts, cheese), and his bread was a delicious flatbread with sesame seeds. His portion of bread was so copious (in contrast with my two slices) that he let me eat much of it. Good thing, since otherwise I would have left hungry.

We also received some complimentary pistachio halva, perhaps to compensate the lack of fresh fruit.

Bottom line, order the "green" breakfast!

To the owners, if you're reading this, please serve the good bread with both breakfasts and banish the Wonder Bread. And either start serving fruit, or stop advertising it.

The place seems to be searching for an identity. It has a Persian name (the waitress explained it means "the place" in Persian), and there is some Persian written on the blackboard near the tea section, but the menu is a bit nondescript, and as I mentioned, full of generic grocery-store items. Nothing to give the place a distinctive character. They seem a bit more concerned with the art gallery aspect than the café side.

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1  Thank Emile81
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

The atmosphere is very friendly.The cafe is well decorated and I liked the photos on the wall. Counting down for my next visit. I want to have mix and match tea next time. Try it, you will love it.

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4  Thank Ali K
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Nice atmosphere, good coffee, and friendly people. the cafe is run by young guys and it also works as a gallery. if you are not in rush, take a look at the cool old cameras on the shelves and maybe want to have a nice conversation with the owners about photography and cameras. and don't forget to go for the real homemade cookies and "mix and match" tea pots: this is the place where you can choose herbs you like and brew your herbal tea!

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2  Thank nadersayadi
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Everyone has felt the moments when you would like to be outside but enjoy the feeling of being at home but at a place which is different at the same time. Cafe Aunja is the place for experience this wonderful feeling.

The food is tasty, very well served. You will experience a unique attitude from the personnel as if they know you and have no considerations other than giving you what you like the most.

Unlike any other place, they give you a small pot and a small spoon to chose and mix various teas and herbs as you like, they call it "mix & match" ! If you order a food, the plates will be decorated elegantly.

The atmosphere is quite and literally cozy. It is somehow a photogallery as well, with a shelf full of very special cameras. The furniture are wooden with some antique decorative things as well giving it a classical style.

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2  Thank mnajafiyazdi
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