You may have heard that Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile has moved (from Elmwood Ave) into a new space, for them, which was the old space for Martin Cooks – the historic Horsefeathers building. (Martin is said to be opening a restaurant on Niagara in September and another this fall on Genesee near Roosevelt Square – stay tuned.) What you might not have heard is the move is part of a start up restaurant Lait Cru Brasserie. Lait Cru Brasserie and Nickel City Cheese share the space and common ownership – Jill Gedra Forster. You may also not have heard how stinkin’ (cheese reference) good the place is already.
We stopped in last week because we had the chance. In fact the Brasserie/Nickel isn’t fully polished just yet. They’re waiting on some furniture and their liquor license, but that didn’t slow us down any. Clearly a return trip is in order. One can only imagine how great a lovely pairing of beer or wine will be with some of the best cheese in town. Everything should be up to speed any day now.
The retail Nickel City Cheese area is on the Normal Ave side of the space with a cheese counter filled with amazing cheeses, prosciutto, etc. They also have jams, breads, seasonings, and more. On the Lait Cru Brasserie side the “bar/counter” has been reconfigured to run parallel to the wall allowing for more tables. Horsefeathers is a beautiful space with a great open kitchen, natural brick, high ceilings, and large picture windows overlooking Connecticut Street. Other business neighbors and tenants share the building including Michelle’s Caribbean Cuisine.
Owner Jill Gedra Forster is the sister of chef/owner of The Black Sheep just a few doors down on Connecticut. As a matter of fact Lait Cru Brasserie chef Will Peterson helped Steve open the west side favorite and will no doubt bring the same high-level yum factor here.
Lait Cru Brasserie offerings include breakfast items like sweet breads, muffins, croissants, ham, eggs; and tremendous seasonal lunch fare … all improved by great cheese. For now they do lunch and breakfast only, but dinner is in the plans.
Cheese Plate – 3 cheeses (Cheesemongers choice) Crunchy Fave beans, Piedras de choolate, and some Fig Jam – $12.99. We added some 600 day prosciutto for $2 which might be the best buy ever.
Our monger selected an aged raw cows milk cheese, a delectable Camembert with a little Vermont maple syrup on the side, and a delicious bleu. So good we immediately bought blocks to go. This is a fantastic way to sample before you buy – make a meal of it.
Caprese di Bufala – Italian Water Buffalo Burrata, GWMG (Groundwork Market Garden) Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Basil – $9.99. You can add 600 day Prosciutto here too. We didn’t only because we weren’t paying attention.
We were lucky to be here at the peak of tomato season. These tomatoes were awesome, only to be matched by the creamy heaven of the burrata.
Cured Salmon – House-cured Salmon, Vollkornbrot, Cream Cheese, Red Onion & Cucumber – $5.50.
The Vollkornbrot is a German brown bread that goes perfectly with the salmon, veggies, and cream cheese.
Turkey Club – Turkey, Bacon, Spicy Goat Cheese Spead, Romaine, GWMG Tomato on Breadhive Bread.
I’m going to go ahead and say this is the best Turkey Club I’ve ever had. Hard to point a finger but a combination of excellent ingredients works pretty well.
Mac & Cheese – $6.99/$3.50
I should know what this cheese is but I don’t. I do know it is beautifully cheesy in the best way.
In addition to the cheese blocks to go we ordered a savory pastry with tomato and basil pesto for the next morning – loved it!
Lait Cru Brasserie / Nickel City Cheese
346 Connecticut Street Buffalo, NY 14213
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am- 6 pm