Sampling foreign cuisine is a more effective way to introduce the world to your tongue than keeping your jaw permanently dropped or licking famous monuments. Educate your tongue the tastier way with today's Groupon to Cafe Augusta in Lenexa. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of bistro fare for dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of bistro fare for lunch.
Cafe Augusta's chefs prepare hungry humans for spontaneous sprints around the world by filling their bellies with culinarily diverse edibles, including Mediterranean, Caribbean, and German cuisines. For dinner, chefs massage a grouper fillet with bahamian spice rub, then toss the taste-infused fish on a grill to exfoliate before daubing it with a tangy mango sauce ($22). Diners can also let their mouths drift in the direction of caribbean jerk steak ($24) or mediterranean garbanzo cakes ($15) smothered in skhug, artichoke bottoms, and red peppers. Small plates ($7 each) encourage tabletop bonding as diners swap with their entourage, trading a crab-and-corn cake for a flaky coconut shrimp dipped in chili jam, then bartering away titles of nobility for a piece of peanut-sauce-smothered beef satay. Lunch woos hard-to-get stomachs with sandwiches such as the smoked turkey and brie ($9.25), whose contents snuggle contentedly atop a downy ciabatta roll with pear chutney.
Owners Micheline and Mijanou are the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of a classic French cook nicknamed Augusta, whose ability to whip up a well-adorned meal from a bare kitchen inspired the restaurant. Cafe Augusta stocks a plusher pantry, including ingredients grown in its own gardens, as well as eggs, meat, coffee, and other items supplied locally. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights creates an ambiance for appetite; the featured brushstrokes of a local artist fascinate eyes that have already ogled morsels presented on crisp white plates.