Hello my lovely readers, hope the past week has been good to you as it has been to me. It’s been a while since I did a restaurant review so it was time to take advantage of a few spots. A personal favorite restaurant of mine is Leva Cafe. This traditional Italian style restaurant is known for its hipster features because 1). It looks like those portable classrooms you had back in elementary that looked like a trailer home without the wheels. 2.) It’s located in Garneau 3.) They serve macarons and espressos (goodbye Duchess Bake shop ). This hidden gem is located in the heart of Garneau right across from the University of Alberta. It sits in a beautiful and residential tree lined neighbourhood where thousands of students walk the sidewalks en route to their academic home for the semester. I have been on the hunt for those macarons, you know those colorful sweet meringue looking pastries with the cream filling? They are a French delicacy! I grabbed my friend Ziana and we embarked on a sweet journey to Leva. Ziana had never been so I wanted to surprise her since she’s a macaron junkie herself.
Upon entering the cafe, the atmosphere is very minimalistic and the menus consist of a variety of gelatos, salads, and pizzas. At the front is a large display of delicious pastries in front of a long espresso bar. There is no hostess so you can choose where you wish to sit. The place was rather quiet for students came in to chat or to get assignments done. We immediately knew what we wanted to get but the Salad menu kept giving us the eye. I ended up trying the Mista Salad while Ziana got the Tuna Salad. After a good five minutes of endless pre-eaten food selfies and snapchats, Ziana and I indulged in our heavenly food platter. We ordered a total of four macarons each for $3 which is understandable because they’re that good. I got a raspberry and chocolate macaron while Ziana got lemon and raspberry.
The two salads were a hit! I ordered the Mista Salad, a combination of lettuce, red peppers, sliced purple onions, and purple olives. I forgot the name of the dressing unfortunately but it did have a Balsamic Vinagrette taste to it. Ziana’s Tuna Salad was delicious! It conisisted of tuna, avocado slices, peppers, and green onions. Definitely getting that salad when I visit next.
Overall, Leva is a total hit! If you are one of those people who wants to try something new for a date night or ever in the University area, I highly recommend you check out Leva cafe! From the macarons, to the espressos, calzones, and salads, the taste of these delicacies won’t get any richer. The service was quick and the vibe was extremely chill, excellent place to dine at!