Lunch at Leonhard’s

Today was the grand opening of Leonhard’s Café & Bakery on 42 University Avenue (next door to Shaddy’s and Bluenote and just up the street from Beanz) and, of course, I went for lunch. As you might expect there were minor bits of chaos escaping in the customer service — cash register not working right, etc. — but there were seemingly endless numbers of staff milling about being helpful, and the general vibe was cool and efficient.

I had the pea soup for lunch, which came with a couple of slices of hearty rye bread (tasty and hearty):

Cappuccino and Soup at Leonhard's

I also had a cappuccino, which was excellent and immediately vaults Leonhard’s toward the top of the Charlottetown cappuccino ecosystem.

They’ve got an intriguingly-bound menu that looks like a small portfolio:

The Leonhard's Menu

Open it up and find out when they’re open (Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed Sunday):

The Leonhard's Menu

What they have for hot drinks:

The Leonhard's Menu

Breakfast (a little heavy on the eggs for my tastes):

The Leonhard's Menu

And lunch and cold drinks:

The Leonhard's Menu

Leonhard’s is probably more of a restaurant than Charlottetown deserves; we should count ourselves lucky that Alexandra and Axel, the Leonhards of the name, think we’re ready for what they have to offer. That they’ve set up 3 minutes from my house is a great and unexpected gift.

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Luisa's picture
Luisa on November 25, 2008 - 09:28

And the bread? Can you by the same bread as on the farmer’s market, or is it ‘just’ a restaurant? And some photos of the interior, please?

Pedro Cust's picture
Pedro Cust on November 25, 2008 - 11:41

Wow, that’s probably the most POSH menu I’ve seen ever ;)
I’m glad to know that they’re also great on food as in customer care!
Go Charlottetown!

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on November 25, 2008 - 16:48

They are a bakery as well, and will be selling the same rye bread as they sell at the market, as well as baguettes and whole wheat bread. I tried to pick up a loaf on the way home from work yesterday, but they weren’t quite ready yet — there’s bread available today, though, so I’ll have more to report later.

Ann Thurlow's picture
Ann Thurlow on November 25, 2008 - 17:09

I must also add that Leonhards has the MOST superb cakes and second your coffee recommendation. Plus — the salads looked very tempting.
And the interior is beautiful. It’s a lovely spot.

KDM's picture
KDM on November 26, 2008 - 21:38

I am so glad Alex and Axel’s hard work is paying off.
And imagine, they used their own money to invest in
an Island business, employed Islanders to renovate
a space they’re renting from an Islander and employed
and trained Island staff! No accountants, lawyers, agents,
translators ….

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