Having examples the sister DeliZique with a friend I was advised to try the CafeZique, which I did last night. Simply - YOU MUST GO !!!!, it is FANTASTIC.
On arrival for a table at 8pm there was a little OhOh as it seemed very quiet, but within 15 mins it was nicely busy. Arrival was greater With a welcoming smile ( a rarely these days I find ..... Replaced with the usual "Hi Guys", which often is in an ungenuine tone ). This welcome was personal, warm and inviting.
The seating and atmosphere is perfect for what you should expect and desire - simple, stylist, well lit atmospherically so, with music playing in the background that is eclectic in its mix - jazz, soul, pop, old and modern ( Beatles, London Grammer ) yet never intrusive enough to stop good conversation but interesting enough to test you and your partners musical knowledge with quirky additions popping up infrequently.
The staff - 2 young girls were an absolute delight. Attentive yet never in your face. They were also aware ( at one point I was looking at the old roller black-board on the wall with Cakes and Wines written on it ), almost immediately the waitress was over to explain that this was actually old information and that the latest details were on the listing on the table. This to me proved they were aware and also aloud for a nun intrusive measure of service and an opportunity to engage with the waiting staff in a nice way.
Now for the REAL REASON for writing this. The Food !!!!!!!. The menu is packed with a range from Nibbles, Small to Large and ending on desserts that can only be described as excellent. Fresh local seasonal ingredients blended into interesting, tempting and unique combinations that will not disappoint. As in such cases - what to chose.
I plumped for
Starter - Crab with leeks, and a small pasts ( forgotten the name ), in a light creamy sauce. It arrived with an ample amout on a simple plate and was piping hot. This was FANTASTIC. simple, light and full of flavour. I had to force myself to take my time to ensure I enjoyed every mouthful. ( Date had Hummus with beet root which came like an ice-cream scoop - totally enjoyed )
Main - chicken breast ( cooked in skin - beautifully crisp and the meat moist ) on a bed of leaves sitting on red pesto with an avocado salad with THE MOST DELICIOUS COMPOT TOMATOES I have ever tasted. This meal was also EXCELLENT, and was filling yet never made me full bloated or struggling to finish. ( Date had Fig, Goats cheese, Pumpkin salad with chilli and balsamic dressing - loved it )
Dessert - Eton mess with Pistachios and strawberrys mixed through. BRILLIANT. ( Date did not have a dessert )
The evening ended with coffee ( espresso ) and was a great experience .
CafeZique is a little off the beaten track, but well worth the effort and only 5 minutes from the busy Byres Road West End busyness. It is a genuine real find, and somewhere as you will see I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending and genuinely will return for more of the total experience that CafeZique offers - in bucket loads.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.