I have driven through Kensington hundreds of times, noticing new buildings being built and older ones being remodelled. At this time in my adult life, I think it would be cool to live down in Kensington across the street from what is going to be a very cool coffeehouse. That would be a dream, but also very dangerous because I know where I would be hanging out constantly.
I have waited patiently for Espresso Café to open, I sent a few messages to them via Instagram, only to be told to be patient, and opening is going to happen soon. Espresso Café is finally open!!
Inside the cafe, there is a ton of seating. Lots of regular tables, and a very long high table in the middle of the cafe as you walk in. They have several large purple velvet couches to relax on over by the fireplace. Don’t let the purple velvet fool you, Espresso Café is beautifully decorated, sparing no expense and it shows, from the wallpaper to the lighting. Very tastefully decorated.
The coffee bar, outfitted with a great array of coffee gadgetry, beautiful pendant lamps which provide plenty of light for the baristas to make the nectar of the gods.
Probably one of the coolest things they have in this shop is the baby grand piano by the coffee bar. The night we were there, they had a gentleman playing it, and my daughter loved it because he was playing an assortment of Disney tunes. Things got cooler when he got up and the piano kept playing.
We ordered the following drinks: my wife had ordered the Lavender Lemonade, she said that it had nice flavoring. My daughter had a Matcha Latte and I went with the Vanilla Latte. Great flavour. I was particularly happy as I seen that they were serving Timbertrain Coffee from Vancouver. When we decided to have some dessert, my wife ordered a Cream of Assam, also very good.
We ordered the following: my wife ordered the Traditional Benedict, my daughter ordered the Porchetta Benedict. I know what you are saying, they ordered breakfast for dinner. Did I tell you that Espresso Café serves breakfast all day? I didn’t go with the breakfast that night, I had the Turkey Club Sandwich with fries. All food was outstanding except the fries, they aren’t fresh cut. Which is too bad because it would make the meal just that much better. Take a look at the pictures, the chefs here do an amazing job plating your meal.
After we had our dinner we sat around a while taking in the amazing environment the owners have put together. The owners were actually sitting down a few tables having dinner as well. So after about 30-45 minutes we decided to get ourselves some dessert. I ordered their traditional cheesecake, which was very creamy and delicious. My daughter ordered the Crème Brulee, which too was really good. My wife ordered the lemon cookie, unfortunately, this was not very good. It was soft but once you got it into your mouth, it almost tasted pasty and lacked lemon flavoring, to her liking.
The service at Espresso Café was outstanding, staff were helpful and extremely friendly. We had even made a comment to our server and a few minutes later Ali, the manager, came over and addressed our concern. We ended up talking with him for about 30 minutes. The ownership group and managers are committed to making your experience at Espresso Café a memorable one. The comments below are off their website, and based on what I have witnessed, they are walking the walk and talking the talk.
“Our mission will be to make best efforts to create an exclusive place where our customers will be able to socialize in a relaxing and comfortable environment as they enjoy the best brewed coffee or espresso in town.”
The next morning, I stopped back to pick up my phone that I misplaced at Espresso Café. It was 7:15am and when I walked in, I saw a couple of the same girls from the night before once again they had huge smiles on their faces and were again extremely friendly.
The hours at this place are amazing for a Kensington based location are as follows:
Monday to Thursday: 6am to 11pm
Friday: 6am to 12am
Saturday: 7am to 12am
Sunday: 7 am to 11pm
What’s great about these hours is that I guy can have dinner at home and then come down here for a coffee and some dessert. Did I mention the Classic Cheesecake.
Parking is at a premium as it is down in Kensington. You may have to do a little hunting to find somewhere to park, but Kensington is very walkable. Many unique shops to check out. Then when you are ready to leave Espresso Café, get yourself a coffee for the walk back to your car.
What I have noticed since they have opened is that they are getting local talent in to perform and entertain their customers which is great. (Always love to support the local talent). The other thing I noticed while on their website that they want to support Calgary’s Police, Fire fighters and On Duty Paramedics with discounted prices. Bravo.
Bottom line here is I really love what I am seeing out of the Espresso Café, so please get out and support these guys. They are selling a complete experience.