It’s happy hour, and Boulder’s new Gindi Café in The Peloton development on Arapahoe Avenue is a quiet place to relax with a glass of wine, away from some of the downtown restaurants where at times you’re pressed to find a table or get a waiter’s attention.
Happy hour runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., with mojitos, margaritas and martinis $6, with the house red (a zinfandel) or white (Twisted Chardonnay on our visit) just $4 or a beer for $3.
Gindi isn’t a large, busy restaurant, which I like. It’s a warm room, and offers a nice layout of taller and regular tables, some cozied close to the café’s espresso bar.
I get the feeling that Gindi really hasn’t been discovered just yet since on our Thursday evening visit, there were only two other tables filled. And with the large Peloton condominium project only about half sold, so far its developers’ hopes for an active, mixed-used community has been stalled by the slow real estate market. A Pilates instructor also has opened up a studio there, but there’s still vacancies waiting for more businesses.
Four of us decided to go over for drinks and appetizers after a friend’s recommendation. And priced from $2 to $6, the small bites menu was innovative and well prepared, and the wait staff was attentive and friendly. Just keep in mind, when they say small bites, they mean small bites. The plate of mini tuna tacos with wasabi slaw, for $6, were indeed just a single bite each, but very tasty. They left me longing for a little bigger bite.
We also ordered the warm olive plate, which was a full bowl of olives, and the seasoned and baked chickpeas, a fun and tasty snack with our drinks. Each was just $2.
The coconut chicken bites, at $5, came with a good, tangy sauce, with about six on the plate.
Gindi Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and promotes itself as “natural and organic ingredients at affordable prices.” The breakfast menu looks particularly good with “espresso” eggs with black beans & madras in Cuban-style bread and a full list of coffee drinks at the espresso bar.
For lunch, pressed sandwiches – from the traditional Cuban to the Elena Ruz (turkey, cream cheese and raspberry preserves) as well as several pita pockets and regular sandwiches are on the menu.
The dinner menu is attractively priced with selections at $10.50 to $11.50, including a vegetable curry over cous cous and an apricot chicken with mashed potatoes.
Breakfast seems like the next best time that I’ll stop in because the café has the feel of a comfy spot to relax one morning.
Gindi also offers takeouts and delivery, and you can follow their specials on their own page on Facebook.