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Monday, November 12, 2012

Cafe Fundamental, Brunch at a Wonderful Patisserie & Brasserie in Nashville

Let's just start this off by saying the last two weekends, I have been in what would (and should) probably be considered foodie HEAVEN.  I can't even begin to adequately describe the goodness that is happening in Nashville's restaurant scene right now, but I do know that if you aren't out experiencing it, you are missing out!

Part of the goodness that has graced my palate in the past few weeks is from a quaint, completely understated French restaurant in East Nashville, Cafe Fundamental.  I had not heard much buzz about the place, but knew based on the fact that it was a) French (I love, love, love French food)  and b) had house-made pastries that it was one I knew I HAD to try.  My picky sister was in town so I felt I was taking a slight risk bringing her to a place for brunch that I hadn't tried before, but went ahead and decided to just go for it.  And WOWit did not disappoint, so much so it led to a return visit the next Saturday.

What I loved about Cafe Fundamental:
  • The atmosphere.  Very simple and comfortable.  With the French music playing in the background literally, I felt I was transported to a quaint cafe halfway across the world.
  • The service.  Our server (the same gentleman both weeks) was fabulous!  Very attentive, friendly, and offered plenty of suggestions, all of which were incredible.
  • The FOOD (of course).  Everything we tried was outstanding! Rich and full of flavor.  Here's what we ordered***:
    • Chocolate Pastry.  Flaky, buttery, filled with warm dark chocolate.  Seriously, y'all, it was unbelievable.
    • Blueberry Pastry.  A special offering this past week, it was outstanding.
    • Cinnamon and Sugar Pastry.  Notice the pastry trend?  This one was incredible as well . Served with a raspberry compote, this was a tart twist to the sweet pastry. I am salivating as I type this out.
    • Quiche, quiche, quiche.  My sister had the goat cheese and tomato quiche of the day, the following week I had the Quiche Lorraine with gruyere cheese.  Both were so rich, smooth, and flavorful.  The crust was to die for.
    • Omelette.  My friend had the omelette and LOVED it. Served with the pommes frites, which were possibly the best fries I've had in Nashvillethey were cooked to perfection.  
    • Coffee.  Such an important accompaniment to any brunch, theirs was wonderful.
    • Mimosa.  What is brunch without a little champagne and OJ?  Hard to do wrong, my only requirement is heavy on the champagne and a splash of OJ, which was done perfectly!

      ***Disclaimer- These items were ordered over two separate visits. 

If you couldn't tell, I am absolutely in love with Cafe Fundamental.  Spread the word, this is a must try!  Now, I can't wait to go back and experience dinner.

1115 Porter Road
Nashville, TN  37206

7am - 2pm (Tuesday - Saturday)
5pm - 9pm (Wednesday - Thursday)5pm - 10pm (Friday - Saturday)
Cafe Fundamental on Urbanspoon


  1. Well, I've got to try this out, then. :)

    1. I hope you've had the chance to try it! Let me know when you do!


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