We love our coffee, there is nothing like hanging out with friends and family, or just watching the weirdos walking down the street while enjoying a coffee.
In the past 4-5 years coffee has become its own culinary group. With coffee houses popping up everywhere with accompanying food menus and these menus are not just baked goods anymore. They are full menus featuring breakfast and lunch. ZCREW Cafe is such a place that has done both and is doing both very well.
Overall ZCREW is not a big place but I do like the industrial feel with all the concrete, wood, and oversized lights. The high stools at the communal table weren’t the most comfortable, but we really enjoyed sitting at the communal table as we got to see what others were ordering and what the dishes looked like. We actually recognized people that we have seen on occasion at Sought X Found.
ZCREW Café has quite an extensive drink menu, featuring meticulously crafted pour overs, an assortment of handcrafted teas, including very creative signature drinks.
I ordered the large Hand Brew Pour Over – $8.00. It is brewed via the V60. I was extremely impressed with how smooth the drink was and how terrific the flavour was. There was absolutely no bitterness. They do have a small size if you choose for $5.00.
My wife ordered the London Fog – $5.50. This warm cup of tea was very aromatic and was wonderful to smell. Smooth with just the right amount of milk that didn’t overwhelm the tea itself. Fantastic.
My daughter ordered the Vanilla Latte – $5.50 There are many delicious ways to enjoy espresso, but one that couldn’t be more classic is the Vanilla Latte. The vanilla was very subtle in this drink which was really good.
The first thing I would like to say about the food at ZCREW is that each dish is plated perfectly and looks absolutely amazing. I would like to say Kudos to the chefs, you do an amazing job.
My wife ordered the Make your own Waffle – $8.00, she added whip cream and fresh berries which cost an additional $1.50 per topping. They offer several topping choices.
My daughter had the Puffed Up Benny – $15.50. This isn’t your typical Eggs Benedict, instead of an English muffin, the eggs are perched on top of puff pastry, which adds a whole new dimension to the taste. It is served with a brown butter hollandaise. My daughter had hers with the ham and green apple, or you could choose it with smoked salmon and fresh dill.
I ordered the Korean Fried Chicken and Waffles – $19.00 I have had chicken and waffles at many places but this is my absolute favorite. The chicken was all white meat, and was plated with green onion waffles which I thought might take away from the dish but it actually enhanced the flavors. They serve this dish with gochugaru chili and chicken gravy and some pickled onions. I absolutely loved this dish. I truly can’t wait to go back and have this again.
All of their ingredients are locally sourced from local suppliers like Community Natural Foods, Missing Link, Fiasco Gelato and Calgary Farmers Market. You don’t get much more local than that.
As we were waiting for our food, the person sitting across from us got his meal. He ordered the birds nest which looked absolutely delicious.
For the vegan in your life, they have numerous options for them as well.
Overall the staff were terrific and great to deal with. The only real complaint I have is that I wish we would have received our drinks before our meals. Our drinks arrived shortly after we received our meals. It was very busy the day we were in there.
Monday to Friday: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed on all holidays
There is ample street parking.
Maybe you need a quiet place to do some work and are desperate for a spot with ample outlets and available free Wi-Fi, a place to hang your purse under your table, or you just want to get out of the house and read a book. Whatever reason you need and are on the lookout for a new cafe, check out ZCREW Café in Calgary.