Locally sourced food, like WiFi, can either be found at a café or stolen from the neighbours. Avoid bandwidth banditry with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale café fare during lunch at Minstrel Cafe & Bar.
Vibrant rouge walls and glistening wood floors welcome diners into the elegantly earthy Minstrel Cafe & Bar, fuelled by a menu of locally sourced fare. Embark on the feeding foray with tapas such as the nori-wrapped fresh panko tuna ($14.97) and the grilled calamari stuffed with shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes ($11.97). Diners wrap hands around fresh panini of grilled vegetables, cured salmon, and prime rib ($9.97+) elbowing sides of baby greens or caesar salad to back off and get their own sandwiches. Noontime specialties feature dishes such as the chicken fusilli—a mouth-watering mélange of bacon, chicken, wild mushrooms, and roasted peppers drizzled in a creamy white-wine and roasted-garlic dressing ($13.97).
Guests can savour each spoon- or fork-full while basking in the sun on the verdant outdoor patio or practicing baseball-catcher signals with a date from the café’s padded booths. Live musical performances from international artists enliven the eatery on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as tunes dance across eardrums and invite guests to impress meal mates with their best chicken dance.