Review: Saquella Cafe

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If you’ve spent any time in Downtown Boca, I’ll bet money that you’ve stopped into Saquella Cafe for breakfast—or maybe just for coffee or a taste of one of their delicious house made desserts. While Saquella might be best known for its early morning fare and delectable sweets, there’s a lot more behind the doors of this establishment, which opened in Boca in 2005 all because of one man’s belief that “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” When Owner Abraham Sekeral—Avi to his friends—couldn’t find quality cappuccino anywhere in the area, he decided to take matters upon himself and bring locals a little taste of what he discovered during his travels to Italy—and we are SO grateful that he did!

But that’s not all he brought to us Boca locals. An in-house bakery and made-from-scratch kitchen also came along with the package. Saquella is a great spot for breakfast or lunch, but now that they’ve launched a new dinner menu spearheaded by Executive Chef David Fogel and his team, you might as well eat all three meals of the day here!

The Mediterranean Sampler is a MUST-TRY. It’s incredible, and it’s basically “me on a plate.”

It’s a gorgeous display of roasted cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant and red peppers surrounded by hummus, tomato salsa, falafel, tahini and grilled pita. That alone would be good enough for me for dinner!

As if I wasn’t overwhelmed with so many of my favorite things already, I also tried the Goat Cheese Croquettes. Creamy goat cheese enveloped in a crispy coating, with a sweet fig jam sitting on top, served with crostini. Goat cheese and fig is a heavenly combination. The sweetness of the figs balanced out the tanginess of the goat cheese, and the textures of each ingredient all played well together.

Popular entrees include the Quinoa Crusted Salmon (a dish that’s not on the menu, but regulars know is always available). There’s also a Salmon Burger made with wild-caught salmon, cilantro and citrus, topped with a grilled artichoke-lime aioli, avocado and arugula, on a challah bun—made IN-HOUSE! I love me some good challah bread, as well as a good meatless burger—I think that’s a well known fact—and this one left a lasting impression. I loved the texture and absolutely adored the grilled artichoke-lime aioli. The flavors were fantastic. The best part? You won’t find french fries as a side option at Saquella. Instead, the burger is served with the most perfectly roasted fingerling potatoes. I couldn’t stop eating them one by one, sneaking another when no one was looking. They had just the right amount of crispness to the skin, and the potato wasn’t the least bit mushy. You can have your french fries—I’ll take these fingerlings any day!

Read my full review on Take A Bite Out of Boca.

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Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at bocamag.com—and on her own blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca.