Located in a slightly obscure plaza off Highway 7, Alchemy Coffee recently had their soft opening! Seeing pictures from Instagram of a large brunch menu, I immediately wanted to try it. Upon first entering the cafe/restaurant, I wasn’t sure if I should wait to be seated and the menu was not immediately apparent. If you’re planning on going, keep in mind that the menu is on the wall alongside the door so reserve a seat and browse what they have before going up to the counter to order!
The space is quite small, but the use of a bar against the walls enables more seating. I really enjoyed the mix between wooden and modern design and I imagine that the ambiance later in the day would be very nice.
The menu offers cooked food, pastries, and a variety of drinks. For those with nut allergies, a large note is made explaining that all food may have traces of nuts. We decided on ordering the Eggs Benny (peameal bacon, avocado, spinach, and cheddar) served with a side of potatoes and salad ($13) and Buttermilk Pancakes ($11). We also tried the Brew Coffee (12 oz. for $2), Iced Brewed Coffee ($2.75), and a hot Matcha Tea Latte ($4.25).
The Eggs Benny was cooked well and I enjoyed how crisp their potatoes were. I was very impressed with the Buttermilk Pancakes, which was topped with mixed berries, corn flakes, and powdered sugar. It was especially nice that we got to pour the milk ourselves to prevent the pancakes from becoming soggy. There were three pancakes that were all consistently thick and delicious.
*Update: their Classic Brekkie ($9) is also very delicious!
In terms of the drinks, the hot and iced brewed coffee were both quite good. I believe they use Pilot Coffee beans. The hot matcha tea latte was decent but didn’t stand out. For the price, I would not recommend ordering it if you are a huge fan of matcha drinks. However, I will likely come back and try the iced one.
Overall, if it is in your budget since it’s quite pricey, I would recommend at least trying Alchemy Coffee for brunch. Based on their Instagram, their braised pork belly open faced omelette ($15) looks promising.
4361 Highway 7 E
Mon-Sun 8am-6 pm
*kitchen closes at 3pm
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