Insomnia Cafe

Whenever I’m in the Annex area, I either go straight to Sushi Couture (see my post here) when I’m craving for some fresh-quality-affordable sushi or I head straight to Guu Sake Bar when I feel like Guu-ing it up. I rarely rarely look around to see what the other restaurants in the Annex has to offer. And so on a random Sunday morning, someone had tweeted me and suggested Insomnia Cafe (@insomniacafe) in the Annex … and well guess what? I ended up here for dinner the same day.


So we decided to order everything from their appetizers menu and share it as tapas!

College Street Pizza ($14.00)

  • Tomato sauce, italian sausage, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, Spanish onions and mozzarella 


Crostini ($8.00)

  • With roasted garlic and brie 


Poutine ($10.00)


Bruschetta ($7.00)

  • Served with roasted garlic, vine tomatoes, basil and red onions 


3/4 lbs. of Mussels ($10.00)

  • Served in a light garlic white wine cream sauce with baby spinach 


Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus ($10.00)

  • Asparagus wrapped with prosciutto, garnished with asiago cheese and a honey pear wine 


Mediterranean Platter ($12.00)

  • Hummus, tzatziki and roasted red pepper served with pita bread


Panko Encrusted Curried Crab Cakes ($8.00)

  • Served with a chipotle vinaigrette



Fries ($7.00)

  • Served with garlic aioli 


Fried Calamari ($11.00)

  • Served with tzatziki dipping sauce 


Shrimp Cocktail ($9.00)

  • Five grilled tiger shrimp served with a presto aioli dipping sauce 


Cheese Plate for two $15

  • Three specialty cheeses served with pita bread and fresh fruit 


Grilled Calamari ($11.00)

  • Served in a spicy chipotle vinaigrette with a crispy pappadom 


I enjoyed most of the appetizers that evening especially the mussels, crab cakes and poutine. The crab cakes weren’t entirely filled with crab meat but they were super tasty and a tad spicy. The poutine had great chunks of cheese curds and infused with lots of bacon pieces and hot gravy smothered over the fries. The highlight of the meal were the mussels! The light garlic white wine cream sauce in the mussels were very comforting. The mussels + sauce really did it for me. I even finished the remaining sauce by dipping bread into it!

Service was awesome! Our waitress was very attentive and made sure ALL our appetizers arrived at once. She made sure we constantly had clean plates. Overall it was definitely an epic and memorable meal with food in all corners of our table =D

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