Cafe Luna

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to go out to eat without the guilty knowledge of that pset I should be starting, that exam I should be studying for, or that review session that I should be at. Finals ended this past Thursday for me, and so a celebratory Friday morning brunch at Café Luna was exactly what I needed. Anji and Annie led me to the quaint café in Central Square a few doors down from Toscanini’s.

Like the sun that is finally saying hello to Boston, the politeness of the wait staff filled the small restaurant that was generously packed with customers. Crayons were provided so that we could draw on the white sheet of paper atop our table. For drinks, I ordered a lemonade that had the distinct splash of tartness that can only be found in a freshly squeezed pitcher. Anji and Annie tried the orange juice that they described as “fresh, with a bit of pulp that settles.”

I was tempted to try one of the many omelettes on the brunch menu, but I decided on the Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich instead. Served on ciabatta, I ordered mine with bacon on top of the sweet potato, caramelized onions, goat cheese and arugula. All together, the sandwich managed to mesh three distinct flavors into one entity: the tart goat cheese, sweet sweet potato, and savory bacon combined in harmony to form a delightful sandwich.

Annie ordered the Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Chicken, one of the café’s summer specials. “The bow tie pasta and vegetables were well-seasoned with herbs,” she told me. “It definitely made for a homey dish. Go for the chicken on top, which was especially juicy and flavorful.”

Anji’s Cobb Salad with chicken and avocado came with tomatoes, Greek olives, bacon, and gorgonzola cheese. “The salad was exceptionally fresh—every component tasted crisp. The flavors were also well-balanced, and the homemade house vinaigrette made the salad taste light, unlike other Cobb salads where blue cheese is the default dressing.”

Overall, Café Luna has a fantastic menu and an atmosphere perfect for a casual get-together with friends. Reservations are only available for weekend brunch, so you’ll have to keep your fingers crossed that an open table is available if you visit on a weekday. 9/10