A recent addition to the La Jolla restaurant landscape, Parakeet Café provides a highly instagrammable setting, and offers food, drinks, baked goods, and more. From matcha lattes to shakshuka, the menu boasts both trendy and delicious items.
Here are a few of the pastries on display, from the dubious looking matcha green tea cinnamon roll, to the more visually appetizing lavender chai loaf and chocolate chip cookies.
The drinks came out in record time (about 5 minutes) which is much shorter than I’ve had to wait in the past. The matcha latte was exactly what you expect it to be which is to say, if you’ve never had a matcha latte before you probably shouldn’t order it. Matcha latte’s are correctly described as “earthy” and the first time I had one I didn’t like it. That being said, they grew on me over time and as far as matcha latte’s go, this one did the trick for me. The chai latte, not pictured, was good, though very lightly spiced. It is listed on the menu as homemade and was thankfully not overly sweet. They offer several different options for milk, from whole milk to oat and almond milks.
The food took about 15 minutes which we counted as lucky considering the line that formed right after us. The mediterranean toast, loaded with hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and crunchy chickpeas was delicious and not overwhelming, filling yet refreshing.
This mushroom toast with goat cheese, truffle oil, and arugula is the BEST. I’ve had it three times in the past week. I’m not even kidding. I would highly recommended if you like truffle oil, which who doesn’t? The grilled salmon was also delicious, perfectly done with exactly the right amount of salt. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
While quite pricey, this café offers many scrumptious options, and we’ll definitely be returning.