Enough has been said about Phil & Sebastian’s splendid coffee talents, but getting your sleepy hands on a cup of their lovely liquid usually meant a hot, cramped, long wait at their Calgary Farmers’ Market booth.
In late November, the duo finally opened their long-awaited storefront location in Marda Loop, and it’s been packed ever since.
The space is gorgeous: so bright and airy; high, high ceilings; and plenty of space to sit and sip an Americano misto.
Brilliantly, Phil & Sebastien have paired with Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie to supply their flaky croissants and pastries.
I stopped in for a quick bite off Phil & Sebastian’s short menu: granola, one homemade soup (Jerusalem artichoke on this day), and three sandwiches. They’ve recruited a chef with an impressive background, and focused on locally produced ingredients.
My (brined!) roasted turkey sandwich was … just OK. I appreciated the real carved turkey, from Dalemead, Alta., but there wasn’t enough herbed chèvre (from Fairwinds Farm) or pickled red peppers to give the focaccia sandwich enough moisture, or pizazz.
As far as café sandwiches go, it still doesn’t compare to the ones I love at Caffè Artigiano.
The coleslaw, however, was refreshing as the sun on a clear winter’s day. You could tell it hadn’t been sitting in a plastic tub all day, and the lime dressing gave it a great zing.
But people don’t flock to Phil & Sebastian for the sandwiches; their coffee was still as great as ever.
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Company, 2043-33rd Ave. S.W., Calgary, (403) 686-1221. Open weekdays 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., weekends 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.