Cafe Alyana is a cute little spot that serves hand-crafted coffee, freshly-baked pastries, and delicious comfort food. The place itself is small that probably doesn’t seat more than 30 people but it’s cozy and charming. It is a great place to study or get some work done. The atmosphere was pretty chill and welcoming while maintaining the simplicity of the décor.
Came here one afternoon with friends and we tried several dishes on the menu. We had salads, rice meals, vegetable casserole, pastas, dessert, and coffee. My friends know that I am not a big vegetable eater but I actually wouldn’t mind having Cafe Alyana’s Veggie Casserole for lunch or dinner. It’s a simple veggie dish but done just right.
To be honest, I wasn’t too excited about the salads. In my opinion, they looked sad, wilted, and even with the dressing, still tasted unappetizing to me.
My favourite dish was the Bibimbap. Imagine a generous serving of rice in a bowl, topped with flavorful Bulgogi sauce-marinated beef slices, soybean sprouts, carrots, onions, fried egg, and served with a special sweet-spicy sauce that goes so, so well with the whole mixture. A lot of vegetables including the slightly-sweet beef provided a nice, deep “umami” flavour. This dish also comes with pickled kimchi and salad which are all well thought out and intricately-spiced.
We also tried their version of Slow-Cooked Beef Stew. It was pretty on par with other places I’ve had beef stew so, no complaints there. Portion size was good and it will surely fill you up.
For desserts, my friends and I instantly fell in love with the Pudding ala Mode. Although it’s not too sweet and was very light, I found it just as satisfying for an end-of-meal treat.
All in all we had a great experience here. As a first-timer, I’m happy to say that Cafe Alyana did not disappoint. Considering the relaxing atmosphere and reasonably-priced food, I’ll definitely be back again.