Menlo Park, California
Café Borrone Menlo Park Reviews
Jan 24, 2008
Café Borrone is by far one of my favorite cafés in the Palo Alto/Menlo Park Area, forget that maybe one of my favorite places to get a cup of coffee and dessert ever. When ever someone mentions Café Borrone we jump for joy, and so when I set up an "on the fly" last minute coffee break after work it didn't take much arm twisting to convince everyone to join in on the fun. It is definitely worth paying the $4 toll to cross the Dumbarton Bridge.
It is located about 2-3 minutes away from University Ave, a long strip/street of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and businesses. Though Café Borrone is not on this strip that could easily satisfy any shopper's delight or feed any rumbling tummy being on El Camino Real the greatness that is Café Borrone enables it to stand alone. And stand tall for that matter.
Just driving up to the café we quickly find parking as they have a car garage to suit the needs of all the surrounding stores and restaurants customers. Quickly we walk the stairs up towards the entrance and right in front there is a mini fountain that just adds a little extravagance to its appearance. We walk in, and what a line we attach ourselves to the end of. It goes to show of how much of a well-liked establishment Café Borrone is. With a queue so long you can also automatically expect there to be no table in sight we could reserve. A few moments pass and we spot some tables. It can accommodate quite a few of patrons, which is a good thing.
Café Borrone has many top-notch attributes. Its menu alone is filled with creative salads, and sandwiches that are so descriptively delicious you can't help but want to order it. To name a few I would like to mention the gouda sandwich, and shrimp or calamari salad, or fresh mozzarella salad (that unfortunately is only a seasonal salad-not available this night, but so unforgettable it needed to be listed). Café Borrone also offers hot dishes to indulge in such as soups, hot sandwiches or different types of lasagnas. I'm sure your mouth will water, and your eyes will glisten as you pick apart the wall menu in search of the perfect dish.
This café offers breakfast and lunch plates (which can easily be turned into a dinner plate based on the time of day you come in), and last but not least the desserts. My favorite is their tiramisu, but I love tiramisu. My friend ordered the apple pie and he enjoyed it because his plate was completely cleaned off, not a crumb in sight, but I could be mistaken don't quote me on that one. I also list the Frosted Mocha as a dessert though it is listed on their coffee menu. I can't have one without the other. A frosted mocha and tiramisu are just meant to be together always. =) Trust me it is a very delightful combination.
The Café Borrone staff were of course as friendly as can be from smiling at us while in line (expressing their apologies for the wait), to taking our order, and all the others to follow (the line did not seem to go down, customers stayed in café, or took their order to go), and slowly taking away our used dishes as we slowly took our time in completing our meals and beverages. We were there for a good 2 1/2 to 3 hours, enjoying the food, quenched our thirst with our coffee and/or water, and engaging in plentiful conversation and much laughter amongst good friends.
Take a little trip down to Café Borrone I'm sure you will find it quite a place eat, relax, and chat with friends.
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