The Red Umbrella Cafe serves all day breakfast and pasta dinners.
I have tried many little West-End breakfast cafes. I seem to enjoy this one the best. It's in a great location with plenty of free 2 hr street parking available.
It's the perfect place to go for all-day breakfast when you wake up at noon on the weekend hung-over. Portions are good and prices are all under $10 except one dish. The service is the best part. The female waitress was very accommodating. She brought everything out to our table, offered us refills on coffee, and didn't bug us too much or rush us.
I look forward to my next visit!
I've been to this place a couple dozen times or so over the past few years, mostly because of it's proximity to home and because i don't want to walk further in the morning to get a quick breakfast.
I've really only ever had the bacon and egg breakfast which is pretty standard. You don't get any hashbrowns, just your bacon, eggs and toast but it's never bothered me because most hashbrowns i've ever had aren't the greatest anyways. It seems that about a year and a half ago, the owners changed, or at least, all the staff and cooks changed. I noticed a bit of a decline with the service at that point, mostly simply due to a lack of well spoken english. There are days when i don't have time to sit in and all i want is a bacon and fried egg toasted sandwich to go. I have never in my life had such a hard time getting someone to understand this. They already have a breakfast sandwich called the "B.E.L.T.C.H" which is bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, cheese and ham. They don't have any other breakfast sandwiches and anytime that i've asked for simply bacon and egg on some buttered toast, they've gotten it wrong. I've tried to order this about 6 times and it has NEVER been right! It really surprises me that it would be so difficult. I now just order the "B.E.L.T.C.H" and put up with the toppings that i don't care for.
While sitting in the restaurant, i've heard the chef and waitresses talk and he would ask them if they knew what certain dishes or even certain ingrediants are... and a lot of basics they just didn't know... like rye bread, the girl thought was alcohol and bread...yikes!
Anyways, all is forgiven since most of them are very nice and they're probably just looking for some short-term work before moving on.
All in all, a good place to grab some breakfast.
I have been to this cozy little restaurant for more than 10 times. I usually order West Ender breakfast and it has very huge portion. Most of the time I won't be able to finish everything.
I also recently noticed changes inside the restaurant. They got some nice oil paints and table settings. Servers are very friendly to me.
Last weekend I tried their new soup combo, coming with cream of pumkin and garlic bread. I have never had delicous soup like this before. Garlic bread was outstanding too. The most importantly, the price is very reasonable. I think I will go back regularly for breakfast before I go to work.
I was actually quite impressed with the quality of the food, and the fact that my breakfast didn't come with hashbrowns was a plus for me. The service was also very friendly and genuine, and the atmosphere very relaxing, so that I had no difficulty leaving a half-decent tip when I left.
The problem? I noticed mouse quite a few mouse droppings on the window ledge right beside my otherwise wonderful East-facing window seat. Having once had mice break into our kitchen while we were away, and having had to throw out a toaster and thoroughly sanitize our cupboards and countertops, seeing mouse droppings mere inches from the plate I was eating from was a thorougly unappetizing experience.
I tipped with the foreknowledge that I would have to tell the server about this when I went up to pay. While I wasn't looking for a freebie, I did think it was important for her to know, and thought to myself that it was a place I wouldn't otherwise mind returning to. Unfortunately, as her English was rather poor, she didn't understand me (I tried explaining myself several different ways), and I didn't want to make too big of an issue, lest this should upset the other customers enjoying their meals. She tried to explain to me that there were no mice in the restaurant, and that the mess by the window was two years old. We were obviously not communicating adequately.
My disappointment was twofold: first, that I wouldn't be able to eat in this otherwise nice little restaurant again; second, that this put me off eating out in general. After all, how many restaurants with rodent infestations are out there, who simply do a better job of superficially cleaning up the mess before they open for business in the morning?
We decided to try out a new breakfast place today....the place wasn't bad, but the one thing that was annoying was that they don't include hashbrowns with their regular breakfast meals (I think I had the classic - 2 eggs, toast, sausage or bacon). Hashbrowns are a solid part of a classic breakfast!
The sausage was lukewarm, and not very good.
However the eggs were made to my perfection...I always ask for "over medium" and they did exactly that.
Service was fine...and it seemed like a cool, hip place with a nice atmosphere. The prices are great...pretty much $10 and under.
All in all, don't think I'd go back, if I had a choice.