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New Moon Cafe

Posted in OlyCOOL—the premier-ish guide to Olympia.

It has quite the following, New Moon, and I can see why. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and homemade items, the right keywords are there for some well-meant liking. But is it as good of a place as many claim? To a degree, yes, but it probably is not as mind-blowing as some want it to be.

I wouldn’t call myself particularly impatient, but when we during our visit had to wait thirty-five minutes for the food, there clearly are things that need to be improved, service-wise. This particularly so, when only two other tables were seated. Not a good sign on an early weekday morning.

The food, meanwhile, was uneven. For my Benedict, the eggs were properly cooked, but the hollandaise left a bit to be desired. Served too thin–which I suppose is better than pasty–and not quite up there in the flavor department, it kind of killed the overall impression, what with it being such a key combiner. The English muffin was good, though, and properly cooked, though I see little need to go with the Benedict here, over that at the Bread Peddler.

The vegan breakfast sandwich, meanwhile, was a much bigger hit. All the flavors–including Daiya and tofu–melded well together, perfectly served on sourdough bread. A simple sandwich in many ways, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s the thing we expect from New Moon.

So, I don’t want to sound too negative here, but the Benedict and slowness of service definitely pulled down our overall impression. Would we go again? Yes–we’ve been before, and we’ll be there again, and hopefully the unevenness will be straightened out by then.