In a couple words, Cafe Landwer is entirely unexpected. Perhaps it was the French bistro furniture outside, or the bold country-style patterned floors, but I ended up strolling into this inviting cafe one unseasonably warm winter day, and I’m so glad I did.
Upon opening the menu, I was surprised to find some great vegan and gluten-free offerings, and a nice assortment of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Any place that offers gluten-free pizza and pasta, a variety of shakshouka (with gluten free bread!), and even vegan omelettes, is a winner in my book. I soon found out that Cafe Landwer is an Israeli coffee chain, and that Boston is their only US location. I’m so glad they decided to set up shop here in Beantown, because I definitely plan on coming back.
I was particularly excited to try Cafe Landwer’s Red WIne French Stew, an entree that is both vegan and gluten-free. The vegan soy strips they use in this dish are hands-down the most realistic meat substitute I’ve ever tasted. Even after a couple bites, I was skeptical that I didn’t have a large plate of meat in front of me. I can’t wait to come back and try their vegan omelette, or perhaps their very Instagrammable Landwer’s Famous Breakfast, which includes two eggs, bread, a side salad, tuna salad, and a variety of spreads and sides like guacamole, feta, Greek yogurt with honey and granola, jams and butter, and more.