My girlfriends and I headed to Shelburne one Saturday morning – to have lunch at Charlotte Lane Cafe – it’s about an hour drive from Yarmouth and it was a nice Saturday. We arrived at noon – and it was easy to locate the cafe – albeit the fact that it was not visible on main street of Shelburne. The children were glad that they arrived for they were getting quite restless in the car and it’s always good to have coloring books and crayons with you – when you bring kids out to eat. I didn’t bring ours – because I am so used to having the restaurant provide – luckily for me – Kim and Jasmine bought theirs and the kids shared them.
The cafe is very bright – you wanna feel cheerful when you walk in – I love the decor – reminds me of a little Mexican restaurant back home at Shaw Center but of course – this place looks much nicer. The cafe was a very busy place on a Saturday – and while waiting to be seated – we browse a little at the gift store – the children were fascinated with all the little things there – I would have loved to browse some more if it wasn’t so crowded there.
We asked to be seated – even though we could have waited for another girlfriend to arrive before doing so – because the kids were getting hungry. I had coffee first while the kids had freshly squeezed orange juice – coffee was really good.
Our host was a very pleasant and cheerful lady – I had mistaken her for the owner – but nope – the owner was someone else. The menu as expected was very interesting – but I already knew what I wanted – there is no children menu here though – so if your kid is a fussy eater like mine – then you might get a little worried – although the chef and host was very accommodating.
While my girlfriends browse the menu – I looked more around at the decor – very pretty right – and pleasing to the eye – love the paintings too.
After we’ve ordered – a chunk of french loaf/baguette - enough for 2 people arrived promptly - I only had a little because I didn’t want to spoil my appetite – but it would have been nice if the french loaf/baguette were a little warmer.
I had the soup of the day – Cream of Tomato with Basil – just a cup of it and not a bowl – and it was delicious! The tomato soup wasn’t so sourish like most – and not as rich – just the way I like it – but with strong basil taste and smell.
As Chloe is a fussy eater as I’ve said many times – the only thing she would eat at Charlotte Cafe was Spaghetti with tomato sauce – I had asked for a child’s portion with no greens at all. But as you can see – it was a huge portion – as soon as Chloe saw it – she was quite worried she had to finish it.
I’ve also asked for some ham to go with her spaghetti as there is no meat in it.
So I tore the ham up with my fingers – and here she is with her lunch – lots of food – as you can see.
Kim had the Mexican breakfast wrap – with scrambled eggs, salsa, and monterrey jack cheese served with spinach mango salad. Kim said it was absolutely yummy!
Lynette ordered a Filet Mignon – a 6 oz. of alberta beef tenderloin pan seared to perfection, served with two peppercorn brandy sauce – for $29.95. She said it was one of the best she had tasted thus far – the next time – I’m going to try the filet myself – good steaks are hard to come by.
The steak came with veggies that I ate instead of Lynette for she don’t like veggie that much.
And yours truly had what I had been longing for – for weeks - the Eggs Benedict – golden brown potato roesti topped with black forest ham, two poached eggs and Chef Rollie’s (they fondly calls him that) amazing hollandaise sauce. Tis’ was heavenly ! I love it – it was rich and yummy – now I would eat it everyday – if my tummy would behave itself.
And dear Jasmine only had cup of soup – and some of her mummy’s food.
Chloe had a hard time finishing her noodles – she only took 3 spoonful and ate all her ham and that was it. And even though we did doggie bag it home – we still ended up throwing it away as she refused to eat it after. You all know how i hate throwing out food and would have eaten it – if Chloe didn’t have a little bit of cough left from her cold from the previous week.
We were all quite full but we couldn’t come all the way to Shelburne without tasting its desserts right? So we ordered some – and if you are at Charlotte’s cafe – you have to have their dessert – it was really, really good.
Kim and Lynette ordered the Peanut butter cream pie – and they loved it ! they were all praised for their dessert.
I would have eaten it too – if I weren’t diabetic – hahahah!! but it was so tempting! the pie is made of creamy peanut butter mousse on a chocolate crumb crust, drizzled with rich chocolate sauce – at $6.95.
I had the Lemon Panna Cotta – a cream custard with essence of lemon and vanilla, served with tart raspberry sauce at $6.95. My Lemon Panna Cotta was light and lemony – but just right for a diabetic like myself. The kids had a chocolate sundae each.
Overall, the food was very awesome – but the cafe was small even though it had an outdoor garden type of space with a few more tables – but it was also a very busy little cafe – when we were there. Even though we weren’t hurried at all during our meal – I would have preferred a more leisure lunch – since we girlfriends don’t get together often enough – and would have been nice to have another cup of coffee – sit and chat and relax before heading out again. But from our table – we could see people lining up to get into the dining area – so we did the right thing and called for the bill. Our lunch came to about $140 tips included – for 3 adults and 2 kids – it was a very good price for a very good meal – but the next time we visit – I’ll have to check with the cafe on the least busy day – coz’ we didn’t even get a chance to compliment the chef and we didn’t even have time to browse the gift store because it was so crowded – I would have loved to spent some more money there.
So yes – least busy day and a children’s menu would be much appreciated – if not I will have to bring only my girlfriends and/the spouses only. But if you have never been to Charlotte Lane Cafe & Gift Shop in Shelburne – you will have to make a date with them – and please make reservations because it’s a busy little cafe.