Ever since reading a review of this place on one of my husband’s co-workers’ restaurant blogs, we have been eager to give it a try. We are both big fans of cream soup, so we chose to go on Sunday, when the soup of the day was a “Creamy Soup of Leek & Tomatoes.” Some of the cream soups have meat in them, like Thursday’s “Creamy Soup of Sweet Potatoes & Pancetta,” so we chose a day when the soup was okay for pescatarians like ourselves.
This restaurant is located in Clermont, right off of 50, in the shopping center next to the Home Depot shopping center. If you’re being precise, it’s at 1200 Oakley Seaver Drive. It’s a subsidiary of Reynir Bakery, which has 2 locations in Iceland, but this is their first US branch.
This is a Scandinavian Bakery & Cafe, and that much is obvious from the interior decor. I remarked that it reminded me very much of a spa, with lots of light wood, very simple furniture, and several light dining options. This feeling was increased by a table of 4 women who’d obviously been to the gym together and who were now enjoying lunch at this restaurant (my husband caught one of them in his interior shot below):
There is a variety of sandwiches, ranging from $3.99 for a 1/2 sandwich to $8.49 for the whole Crab Meat Burger. In addition, they offer eight different salads, smoothies, and all-natural gourmet bread & buns, baked fresh daily no sugar, eggs, or preservatives. We were there for the soups, though!
There is a soup schedule, and I’ll post it here for those interested:
- Monday – Cream of Forest Mushrooms
- Tuesday – Creamy Carrot Soup
- Wednesday – Curry Coconut Creamed Vegetable Soup
- Thursday – Creamy Soup of Sweet Potatoes & Pancetta
- Friday – Lobster Bisque
- Saturday – Tomato Basil Soup
- Sunday – Creamy Soup of Leek and Tomatoes
In addition to the cream soups, an Onion Soup with Gruyere Toast is available every day. We opted for what we felt was the best deal: your choice of half a sandwich and soup or half salad and soup or half sandwich and half salad. Not being big salad eaters, we went for the half sandwich and half soup option. This includes the “fresh pastry of the day,” all for a very reasonable grand total of $7.79.
My husband opted for the Double Cheese Veggie sandwich, which consisted of wholegrain bread, Brie, mature cheddar slices, lettuce, flat leaf parsley, roasted tomato, roasted red bell peppers, grainy mustard sauce, and olive oil. Neither of us was a huge fan of this item. The flavor was so light as to be bland, and he had to salt the filling copiously. The bread was the best part of this sandwich: thick but fluffy and studded with seeds. With the exception of the peppers, the filling was too subtle, and it was a bit too cold, which could have contributed to the blandness. The salt helped add flavor, but it also turned up the volume on the peppers, which then continued to overshadow the other ingredients.
He went with the Onion Soup with Gruyere Toast, which was okay, but had far too much thyme in it. It would have been much better without so much thyme. This soup had a nice balance of cheese and bread, with a good ratio of these ingredients to the broth. The onions were sweet, well-caramelized, and very soft – not stringy at all.
I went with the Smoked Atlantic Salmon sandwich on a Sesame Bun with Smoked Salmon, Lettuce, Avocado, Red Onions, Eggs, Fresh Dill, Capers, and Horseradish Cream Cheese. This was very good, though, once again, the flavors were quite light and subtle. We both agreed that this sandwich had more flavor than the vegetable sandwich, though. The smoked salmon was nice – very soft and tender. The capers and horseradish cream cheese were excellent compliments, as they jazzed up the very light flavor of the salmon. I am not a fan of horseradish, but this was quite mild, and I enjoyed it very much. The creaminess of the avocado married well with the soft, tender salmon, though I felt it could have done without the eggs. These didn’t really seem to add anything to the sandwich, flavor-wise. I was very pleased with my choice, though, and would definitely order this again.
I had – what else? – the Creamy Soup of Leek and Tomatoes, and this was excellent. I am such a fan of creamy soups, and this had creaminess in abundance. The tomatoes were not in evidence; the soup had a white color, and neither of us could detect this flavor note. My soup was seasoned well, and I ate every last drop!
Our meals also included the pastry of the day, which was a cinnamon roll with a chocolate sauce drizzled on top of it. I’m not a raisin fan, so I picked the raisins out of mine, but other than that, we both enjoyed this very much. The chocolate sauce was quite good, with a light flavor of orange, and it added interest to an other wise good but pretty standard cinnamon roll. The pastry was soft and light, and, since we hadn’t realized that our meal came with a dessert, it was a nice surprise!
We would definitely recommend this restaurant for someone looking for a good sandwich or for anyone who is a fan of cream soups. We will be back!