Cafe Deia specializes in 'eclectic international' cuisine


Cafe Deia is named after a village on the island of Mallorca, off the coast of Spain, so it's not surprising that its menu and atmosphere are designed to put diners in a Mediterranean frame of mind.

But, Cafe Deia, which opened in September at 4165 Grand Canyon Drive, also offers something for just about every taste, foreign and domestic.

Executive Chef Christophe Bonnegrace describes the menu as "eclectic international," which translates to an array of dishes of Spanish, French, Italian, Sardinian, Middle Eastern, Greek and, of course, American lineage.

Featured are soups, salads, hot and cold tapas, paella, thin-crust pizzas and even burgers, along with such heartier offerings as roasted chicken, New York flank steak and bouillabaisse.

The interior offers a modern and contemporary feel with wood trellises, pottery and wood cabinets. Yet, it's also cozy and casual. Diners "can come in in jeans, they can come in in suits," Bonnegrace says.

Cafe Deia seats about 80 in the dining room, plus another 50 or so in its lounge and patio areas. Winter hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Reservations are recommended but not required.

Starters: Spinach stuffed mushrooms with bechamel sauce, $4; black Mediterranean mussels, $10; shrimp ajillo, $10

Soups and salads: Mallorcan soup, $5; grilled chicken and asparagus salad, $7; marinated artichoke hearts on toast, $4

Tapas and entrees: Tuna tartar, $8; beef bourguignon, $19; Sardinian pizza, $13; Gorgonzola King Burger, $11

Desserts: Profiterole with ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate topping, $7

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By JOHN PRZYBYS

 

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