Mediterranean foods is obtaining a instant, and soon after a couple of visits to the new Stella Belle on West Seventh Road, I hope that instant lasts a prolonged time.
The cafe, from the staff guiding the adjoining Cafe Astoria, is serving breakfast and lunch with a hefty emphasis on deeply spiced, insanely flavorful elements like dukkah, harissa and chilis.
There’s a refreshing, healthful experience to most of the menu items, crafted by chef Leah Raymundo, and there is anything for anyone — from distinctly American dishes like meatball and turkey sandwiches to extremely international dishes like shakshuka and kitchari. Pals I have noshed with, from the most ardent foodies to picky teenagers, have all walked absent satisfied.
The counter-assistance eatery isn’t just lightning-quick, but it’s worthy of a tiny wait around for thoughtfully geared up and beautifully introduced dishes.
Get the kitchari — a porridge of sorts, produced from spiced lentils and rice, topped with creamy avocado, a properly poached egg and greens and chili crisp to brighten issues up. It’s a beautiful, flavorful and soul-enjoyable meal that established me up for a effective afternoon.
And my weekday brunch team could not quit oohing and ahhing in excess of the patatas bravas — crispy bits of earthy potatoes, coated in a smoked-paprika-major blend of spices and enlivened by a garlic aioli. A sunny-side-up egg provides added richness.
Fluffy, ricotta and lemon pancakes, topped with lemon curd and blueberries, are my sort of sweet breakfast — that is, not overly so.
And if you believe the avocado toast development is performed out, feel again — Raymundo’s model, topped with orange supremes, olives, feta, dukkah (a combo of herbs, nuts and spices), slivers of red onion, chili oil and mint, is a Mediterranean desire.
The sandwiches we attempted ended up all worth owning once more, also. A meatball and cheese variety on super-refreshing, squish ciabatta, a turkey burger studded with pepperoncini and olives and topped with tzatziki and feta, and what might be the most effective grilled rooster sandwich I have tasted, helped along by a zippy pepperoncini aioli, some salty prosciutto and dazzling pickled onion.
Add to this the point that the homeowners know their way all over espresso, juice and smoothies, and you have what is, to me, the excellent brunch location.
Compact Bites are initial glances — not supposed as definitive assessments — of new or changed dining places.
- Where by: 325 W. Seventh St., St. Paul
- Get in touch with: 651-508-1654 stellabelle-stpaul.com
- Rates: Sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps and bowls, $7-$16
- Excellent to know: On-road parking close to West Seventh can be a headache. Try mass transit or rideshare rather.