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Cafe Landwer

I had the distinct pleasure in September of sampling a feast of fresh new items arriving to Cafe Landwer’s fall menu, prepared by chefs flown in from Israel to cook for us during a whirlwind trip. With two locations on Beacon Street (one by St. Mary’s Street in Brookline, and the other by major transportation center in Cleveland Circle) Cafe Landwer has a great space decorated in a “modern vintage” style. Be sure to visit Cafe Landwer for homey, flavorful food, quick coffees on the go, or a spot to sit and work or contemplate.

Evening sunlight filtered through plentiful windows into a dining room filled with warm wood furnishings, vintage accents, country chic table settings, and bright colored seating. In a comfortable setting, I sampled colorful salads, fragrant main dishes, refreshing smoothies, a shake I dream about, appetizers that I’d eat as a meal any day, tasty desserts, and of course, a good cup of coffee that gave Cafe Landwer its name many years ago in Israel – the home of Cafe Landwer‘s 70+ locations.

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Cafe Landwer’s Menu Highlights

-BlueBootsGo Edition-

Fall Menu

Since my first visit, I’ve popped in to try a few more items and even enjoyed a tranquil morning. I’ve visited both locations, and in the evening, afternoon, and morning and had a great experience each time.

Shakshouka - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBootsGo

Green Shakshouka (L) – Béchamel base with leek, Swiss chard, topped with feta cheese and fresh herbs Moroccan Shakshouka (R) – Mixture of ground beef and lamb (spicy sausage) marinated in harissa and Moroccan spice. Served with Challah Bread

I had never had a green shakshouka before, so that was great to try a vegetarian one that is different. I personally rate the moroccan shakshouka highly – the meat was flavored very well and the tomato flavor balance was great.

Latkis Benedict - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Latkis Benedict – Potato pancakes over avocado, 2 poached eggs, labneh, nacelle seeds (onion seeds) & crushed tomatoes.

This one was one of my top picks for brunch/breakfast. Great flavor, texture, and they know how to poach an egg right.

Latkis Benedict - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Pita Tartine Avocado – Za’atar pita with fresh avocado, cherry tomatoes, radish, & chili flakes

Brunch-ready, and perfect! The tomatoes were fresh, and serving their version of avocado toast on pita is true to form.

Roasted Beets - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Roasted Beets in Labneh – Red and candy striped beets with labneh, served with fennel, black currants, sumac & najella seeds

Labneh is my favorite – it is a slightly tart yogurt. Great with pita! Speaking of, their pita is as close as I have gotten in Boston to GOOD pita.

Jerusalem Sunchoke Hummus Bowl - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBootsGo

Jerusalem Sunchoke Hummus Bowl – root of the sunflower plant, marinated in harissa and flash fried, served over hummus.

Chicken Shawarma - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Chicken Shawarma. plate – spice-marinated chicken thighs. Served with delicious potatoes here, but also can be served with couscous marinated with mirepoix (carrot, celery, onion), served with a salad of baby kale, parsley, mint, scallion, and lemon zest.

Potatoes – oh they were delicious. Crispy, soft – perfect blend.

Salmon Za'atar - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Salmon Za’atar – salmon filet, crusted with za’atar. Served with couscous.

Chicken Salad & Lebanese Salad - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Chicken Salad (Bottom) – chicken, avocado, tomatoes, baby kale, chia seeds, cabbage, carrots, bulgur, quinoa, pumpkin seeds (can also be served with Salmon Za’atar in lieu of Chicken) Lebanese Salad (Top) – bulgur, quinoa, tomatoes, red & yellow peppers, pumpkin seeds, almonds, fresh herbs, sumac, labneh

I would come back to enjoy this chicken salad!

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This one was a hit amongst our crowd.

Landwer's Famous Iced Tea - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Landwer’s Famous Iced Tea – crimson berry brew, pomegranate and passion fruit syrups with fresh fruits

Can be served sweetened or unsweetened. I preferred unsweetened for a more tea-like flavor, but sweetened tasted like a fun punch, or like drinking gummy bears.

Spirulina Smoothie - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Spirulina Smoothie – Spirulina, banana, mango, almond milk, date honey

Refreshing, and such a tasty smoothy!

Krembo Milkshake - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Krembo Milkshake – vanilla ice cream, crushed Krembo cookies, milk, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream Lotus Rosalach – crispy stone oven dough, baked to order, with cookie butter

I dream about this shake…it was delicious, and reminded me of the Petit L’Ecolier French cookies I used to get at the European market when I was a kid.

Nutella Roselach - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Nutella Roselach – crispy stone oven dough baked with chocolate hazelnut spread

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Cafe Landwer - Mike and Adelina - Where the BlueBoots Go

Cafe Landwer – Mike and Adelina – Where the BlueBoots Go

$5 Coffee & Croissant

Their $5 coffee + croissant made one Sunday morning on the patio in Cleveland Circle particularly enjoyable.

Cafe Landwer - Cappuccino - Where the BlueBoots Go

my usual, a cappuccino, enjoyed on the patio

Sticky Bun - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Sticky Bun

If you’re at Cleveland Circle on your way to the train, you can grab and go! Tip: All the pastries they have out (not just a plain croissant) apply, and espresso drinks count too.

I also recommend…

Rosé Pasta - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

cherry tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese and herbs with a tomato and cream sauce

The fresh pasta and sauce were delicious.

Landwer's Famous Schnitzel - Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Landwer’s Famous Schnitzel – crispy, breaded chicken breast with a choice of side dish. This one is Landwer’s rice with carrots, almonds and caramelized onions

 

The chicken schnitzel was even better the second day as left overs.

Many thanks to our hosts,  managerAdelina Keshishian, and Mike Tobins, operation manager, for a great evening sharing Cafe Landwer hospitality with us! 

Cafe Landwer - Where the BlueBoots Go

Until next time, eat well!

cheers blueboots

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