I knew Mile End was opposite the Spanish shop but I still had to stop and look around before spying it across the road. The lack of signage was the problem.
Upon entering I liked the white walls, high ceillings and industrious work going on in the back. The rack of bagels was enticing and I had to take a few moments to decide what to order. I wanted to try so much - salt beef, maple bacon, bacon and egg...
I ended up going traditional and ordered:
- Smoked salmon, dill and caper cream cheese, tomato and red onion - #2
- BLAT - #9
I took my goodies home. I went for sesame bagels for us both because poppy seeds get in my teeth. I loved the toastiness of the sesame and the golden sheen of the bagel. The dill and caper cream cheese with the onion and smoked salmon and tomato was delicious. I could taste every element and then altogether it was just sublimely yummy. The bagel itself was a perfect balance of doughy chewiness and lightness.
And what about Steve's verdict. As suspected, he loved it. And it changed his mind about bagels. We both agreed we could eat another one immediately after the first. But at $31 for the two bagels and a coffee it's not a budget option. Although a way to make it cheaper would be to just buy plain bagels and make them up at home but where's the Sunday pleasure in that?
Loved the bagels and the coffee...this is why I love to live in Fitzroy!