One of the things I like best about Living Social is that it offers a new deal every week day, and quite often those deals are 50% savings (or more!) for local restaurants. This is a great opportunity to try someplace new without a large financial commitment … in short, it is an affordable way to explore Portland’s gastronomy. If not for Living Social, I probably would have never discovered Bumblekiss … they offer “ridiculously tasty” breakfast, brunch and lunch seven days a week.
Location: 3517 NE 46th Avenue in Portland, OR
Order: I ordered Coconut Pancakes w/ Strawberry Sauce (from the special menu board), these pancakes came with two eggs, which I ordered over-medium. My husband ordered the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast. We also ordered a plate of mini-muffins to share.
What I Think:
The first thing that I noticed about Bumblekiss is that this is not the run-of-the-mill cafe. You can’t miss this place, with its burnt orange exterior, it’s a stand-out in the neighborhood. It is a home that has been turn into a business, and when I walked into the main entrance, it felt cozy. It’s not an upscale dining establishment, rather, it felt like I was visiting a good friend’s home.
I was happy to see that they offer Mighty Leaf tea. Sure, I’d rather restaurants offer loose leaf teas, but, if they have to offer bagged tea, then Mighty Leaf’s sachets are about as close to loose leaf as bagged tea can get. I ordered Orange Dulce, which is one of my favorite teas from Mighty Leaf.
We ordered a plate of mini muffins ($2.75 for a plate of six mini-muffins) to get things started. There were 2 banana muffins, 2 lavender coconut, and 2 “muffins of the day” which happened to be a carrot-walnut type of muffin. I thought that the banana would be my favorite, but I actually preferred the carrot-walnut. It was moist, nutty and sweet, but not too sweet. The lavender coconut muffin seemed to be more like a chewy coconut-oat cluster cookie that was heavily saturated with lavender than a muffin, but, since I love lavender, coconut and oats, I actually quite enjoyed it. The banana was also quite tasty, but I found it to be a bit dry, which was a surprise to me, because typically banana breads tend to be rather moist. It was still delicious, but, I was expecting a moister texture.
It didn’t take me long to decide what I wanted to order. One glance at the special menu board told me that Coconut Pancakes were the special of the day and that sounded too good to pass up. And they were! These pancakes were heavenly. It was like eating cake for breakfast. Incredible! They were fluffy and loaded with shredded coconut. Sweet and very substantial – they filled me up fast!
I didn’t try the syrup that was included on the plate until toward the end, and I really wish I had tried it sooner. Because the pancakes had been drizzled with the strawberry sauce, I didn’t really feel they needed additional topping… but the syrup at Bumblekiss is amazing! It is like a sugar syrup that has been heavily infused with a masala chai spice blend. It is absolutely delicious, so good, in fact, that I think I’m going to try my hand at making some at home (I have plenty of spices on hand!) As much as I love strawberries (and this strawberry sauce was delicious), I would have rather not had the pancakes topped with the sauce, and used the syrup instead.
My husband ordered the cinnamon swirl french toast ($7.50 for three pieces of french toast) and they were tasty, although I must admit that in themselves, they weren’t anything extraordinary. It was the syrup, in my opinion, that made them special.
My Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed my visit to Bumblekiss. The food is indeed “rediculously tasty” and comforting, and I appreciated the cozy, friendly ambiance. The service was good, our server was attentive and made the experience all the more enjoyable.