Why: Presso Coffee Kitchen has one location in Portland and one in Vancouver. I recently visited the Vancouver establishment and found that it offers a friendlier, more personal experience than some other trendy coffee chains. It also provides a menu that surpasses what one would ever hope to find at a chain establishment. Housemade, quality ingredients are used to make delicious, light dining options, and coffee beans are roasted to perfection at Presso Coffee Roasters in Portland.
What I tried: I ordered the smoked salmon breakfast sandwich with an Americano.
The coffee was deliciously rich and had amazing depth to its flavor — a testament to expertly roasted beans.
The bagel sandwich consisted of smoked salmon, a fried egg, housemade chive cream cheese spread, pickled onion and fresh spinach on a delicious traditional bagel.
The bagel possessed that authentic, light, crisp exterior with a slight pull to every bite. There was just enough salmon on the sandwich so as not to overwhelm the rest of the ingredients. Everything else on the sandwich was included in balance and all the flavors complemented the salmon. It was a little hard to eat and keep everything within the bagel’s boundaries, but it was well worth the effort. Sandwiches are served with a cup-sized portion of potato chips.
Dining out guide: Presso Coffee Kitchen
Where: 13011 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite 106, Vancouver.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Contact: 360-597-5465 or pressocoffeebar.com
Health score: Presso Coffee Kitchen has received a pre-opening inspection and is scheduled for a routine inspection in the near future. For information, call 360-397-8428.
Menu highlights beyond what I tried: Toasts are served with a side salad of arugula, shaved Parmesan, radish and housemade olive oil dressing. The crispy prosciutto and beet toast made with housemade beet hummus, crispy prosciutto, goat cream cheese spread and pickled onions on rustic white bread sounded delicious, as did the wild mushroom toast made with balsamic wild mushrooms, housemade herbed ricotta, poached egg and olive oil drizzle on rustic white bread. Sandwich options include a roasted turkey and avocado sandwich, a smoked ham pesto breakfast sandwich and a ciabatta ham sandwich. Among the bowl choices is an overnight oats bowl, a granola bowl, a Turkish egg bowl, a smoothie power bowl and a spiced chickpea nourish bowl. Other options include baked eggs, chia pudding with housemade lemon curd and blueberries, and a fig jam and cheese board.
Atmosphere: Located in the end unit of a strip mall, the space has a unique layout with tall windows that wrap the front. The floor is sealed concrete and the ceiling is open to structural elements and painted black. Interior walls are painted soft ivory and pale pink with one accent wall of large floral print. The furniture is sophisticated and simple. Chairs are upholstered in dark brown with gold metal frames paired with white table tops. In the rear of the space, there are different seating options, which include a sofa for lingering. Tables are topped with fresh flowers. Halogen track lighting provides a fair amount of light in the back and a lot of natural light fills the front. Beautiful light fixtures add interest at a bar just to the side of the ordering counter. Overall, Presso has an industrial, sophisticated-chic character, which I thought felt more like a parlor, despite its roominess.
Other observations: Service was friendly and polite, the food and the coffee exceeded my expectations, and I loved the atmosphere. This is a place that I look forward to visiting again many times.
Cost: Toasts cost $6 to $11. Sandwiches are $8 to $10. Bowls range from $7 to $12. Other food options cost $3 to $8.50. Coffee drinks are $2 to $5. Noncoffee beverages (hot chocolate, iced tea, kombucha on tap) cost $3.50 to $5.75 Most coffee and noncoffee beverages are available in 8-ounce, 12-ounce and 16-ounce sizes. Hot teas are 12 ounces and cost $3 to $4.