Café No Sé is an all-day neighborhood café featuring California-inspired American dining. The café is located at South Congress Hotel, on the corner of South Congress Avenue and Milton Street and is now serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, with the kitchen staying open until midnight on the weekends.
Executive Chef Michael Paley, formerly of the 21c Museum Hotel, Proof on Main and Garage Bar in Louisville and the 21c Museum Hotel and Metropole in Cincinnati helms Café No Sé. Chef presents a menu of Clean global flavors from East Asia, Italy and the Middle East influence the eclectic, seasonal American menu.
Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman, a 2015 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist, also joins chef Paley making in-house, fresh-baked pastries and desserts that is certain to impress the biggest food snobs in town.
Café No Sé’s design was developed by Waterloo Workshop, in tandem with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and interior designer Studio MAI. The space is clean, simple and inviting for both visitors and residents. The wrap around patio is perfect for people watching on the only landscaped block of South Congress.
Like the menu and the cuisine, interior ambiance is light, cool and clean with white washed wood paneled walls, custom designed wicker chairs, reclaimed wood tables and cement tiles. The custom interior woodworking includes detailed cutting boards, check presenters and butcher blocks by Cerberus from Austin. The decor encourages guests to stay awhile, and relax on the custom furniture by Studio MAI.
What to Order
International dishes include the Summer Spread with Grilled Laffa Bread which includes tahini dressing and sprouted grains and ricotta gnudi with grilled corn, charred sugar snap peas and basil.
The Café Cheeseburger features a double patty Pat LaFrieda beef, thinly sliced Vidalia onion, and house made pickles on a freshly baked buttermilk brioche bun. Add house cured, crispy slab bacon, make it a triple or enhance with an egg. – $13
We enjoyed the Sticky Lamb Ribs, which is made with a cider vinegar white sauce, topped with garam masala and peanuts. – $16
Poke Bowl with big eye tuna, olives, pickled jalapeño, pistachio – $14
Shredded Kale Salad with cauliflower, crispy rice, currants, dill cucumber, with a sherry dressing. – $10
Pan Roasted Ora King Salmon with aji amarillo jus, peruvian potato, chayote, lime, and cilantro. – $30
Kir Royale Paleta featuring a currant raspberry popsicle, raspberry mint salad and prosecco pour-over, a play on the classic French cocktail. Guests can also try a variety of ice cream and sorbet flavors.