Yesterday I went to Elforoteo Café with my mom.
Hello, again. My dad and I, and sometimes my mom comes along too, have been going out on the town to find some of the best not so well known cheap eats, mostly family-owned, restaurants that we can find. We go out almost every day, finding some new little place, or big place, to tell you about and review the food and prices.
If you’ve ever gone down Avenida de Los Tules you’ve definitely noticed the small plaza, called Plaza Villa Vallarta, with a giant tree that is most likely a couple hundred years old. Like me, you might have passed by for an ice cream at Dairy Queen, but never really sat down or tried either of the restaurants. Though, I’ve always been intrigued to, and yesterday I decided to go with my mom and try out Elforoteo Café, which I’m glad I did. Not only was the food and staff very nice, but the large tree gives a nice, fresh breeze, which makes your experience there so much better. It almost feels magical to go from being quite hot and sweaty to cool and comfortable the moment you reach the shade from this giant tree.
Elforoteo Café is like most cafes in the way that it is cute, small, serves lots of fun drinks, and has a few staple breakfast and early lunch food items, yet it seems like so much more than that. The customers and staff alike are all very friendly, and the ambience is very lovely. Apart from the cool tree, the decorations and design of the place is very aesthetically pleasing. Plus, everyday from 10 am to 12 pm they have live music, which isn’t at all too loud or annoying. It is actually really nice, and brings the place to a whole new level. The owner, Josue, always had a passion for coffee and food. He told me he always wanted to open some sort of food establishment, and he decided on a café because of how lively and nice their enviroments are. He hoped to create a café full of friendly people and good vibes, which in my opinion, he executed perfectly.
Like I said, the place has lots of fun drinks, though only a few food items, but there is still plenty of variety. They have paninis, bagels, omelets, salads, and some other random food items, though there are many choices, especially compared to other small cafés. For example, there are 5 different panini options! And as for sweets such as cookies and cakes, there are a ton of those, but they are not on the menu.
My mom got an Americano coffee and an “El Canadiense” omelette. Like I said before, the tree makes this place very cool and fresh, so much that my mom was drinking hot coffee and she didn’t even get hot. The coffee wasn’t necessarily spectacular, but it definitely wasn’t bad. My mom says it was so-so, but she still drank it all. Her omelette had ham, cheese, and spinach, and it was pretty good. The cheese could’ve had more time to properly melt before being served, but it still tasted fine. Plus, the spinach was fresh and crisp, which was a big plus! Though, the best part of her meal was the side of chilaquiles. My mom doesn't like chilaquiles much, but these were so good she wanted to get an order of them! She says they are the best chilaquiles she has ever had.
I got an iced matcha and the “Bagel Ahumado,” which was a smoked salmon bagel. The matcha was delicious! It was probably the best matcha I’ve ever had or made. It was rich, full of flavor, and had a creamy vanilla-like sweetness. There were also no clumps or powdery-ness whatsoever, which I have never been able to accomplish when I make it. The bagel was just as good! It was a multigrain bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, spinach, and basil. I’m not sure if spinach and basil are traditionally used in a smoked salmon bagel, but I’ve never had that before, and it was the most successful fusion of flavors on a bagel I have ever tasted! The fish was fresh and full of flavor, but not gross and over fishy. The cream cheese was thick and rich, and the spinach and basil were fresh and crisp, which made the bagel perfectly balanced. The only thing I slightly disliked about the bagel was the amount of capers used, since they made it a bit too salty. Though, I simple picked a few off and it was an amazing bagel. I definitely recommend it if you try this place.
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Elforoteo Café Phone Number + WhatsApp: 322 293 7861