Nestled among a line of restaurants on the corner of upper Thomson is a small café with a metallic sign above the entrance that reads “Pacamara.” Just outside the front doors to the café sits a stand-up blackboard decorated by the chalk-written specials for the day.
The interior walls, tables, and counters of Pacamara are white, establishing a clean, crisp, modern atmosphere. Natural lighting, thanks to floor to ceiling windows, highlights this bright feeling. Scattered along the wall sit miscellaneous teapots and coffee brewers for purchase, adding some color to the room. The seating area is much more spacious than we had expected on first glance.
Jeane and I arrived shortly after the café opened, and only two other parties were seated in at the tables. Because of this, the café was fairly quiet. However, the way the tables were set up communal style to be shared among different parties, I could easily imagine the seating area getting noisy.
The food menu at Pacamara is small – only one page long – but covers a wide variety of different dishes for brunch and dinner. Before placing our order at the counter, we decided upon one appetizer and two brunch dishes for our meal. That being said, we would not hesitate to try one of the lunch pastas next time.
First, we ordered the Summer Berries fruit salad ($15), which was the optimal balance between sweet and bitter. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and peaches were mixed with rocket and laced with vinaigrette and feta cheese. The feta added an amazing texture to the chilled salad. Our favorite element was the freshness of the strawberries and raspberries, but we didn’t love the peaches.
The Salted Caramel Banana French Toast ($16) sounds as sweet as it tastes. Bananas, homemade salted caramel sauce, and whipped cream top the brioche toast to create a sugary breakfast, while a handful of sprinkled granola adds a more neutral taste and unique texture. While delicious, the dish was very filling and very sweet – we suggest skipping the appetizer if you decide to order this dish.
The Salmon Royale ($18) consisted of eggs poached to perfection on fluffy brioche, drizzled with ebiko anchovy hollandaise sauce, and paired with smoked salmon, asparagus and spinach. It’s a perfect savory dish to start your day.
As for drinks, I opted for an Iced Mocha ($6.50) and Jeane ordered an Iced Thai Coffee ($5.50), but not before scanning the extensive two-page drink menu for a few minutes. While both of our chosen drinks were sweet, smooth, and extremely delicious, Jeane’s Iced Thai Coffee was the sweeter of the two.
Our total meal came out to $61.00 – extremely reasonable for two drinks and three dishes.
Pacamara is a great café for a weekend brunch or even dinner. If you happen to live near Upper Thomson, the large tables and quiet mornings would even make for an ideal study location.