Kanella’s restroom doors are painted a calm cerulean that made me think of the ocean; this beautiful blue is a close tie with the blue at Crêperie Béchamel in Wayne. Between Kanella’s two restroom doors is a large clay pot, sitting on the floor below a couple of framed photographs and a little wooden man dressed in some traditional garb. As soon as I walked in, I thought, “Wow, this bathroom smells really fantastic,” which is not something you generally think when entering a public bathroom. That aroma stemmed from the vase of fragrant fresh flowers sitting on the wooden stand that holds the white vessel sink. The floors are made of rustic-looking tiles, and the mirror has a frame made of black wire curlicues. The coat hanger on the door is made of shiny copper — a gorgeous contrast to the blue paint — and the light switch plate is painted with ombré green stripes.
Kanella’s website describes the restaurant as a “Greek Cypriot kitchen.” That’s the last kind of cuisine I think of when I think of brunch, but the kedgree — rice mixed with pieces of smoked cod, topped with ah-ma-zing Greek yogurt and a hard-boiled egg — was a fantastic change of pace from the omelettes and other egg dishes I typically order. And I got a chuckle out of the fact that, before I dug in, it sort of looked like I had a Muppet on my plate; see photo below. My brunch mates also ordered the “dips of the day,” which included some awesome-looking pumpkin and feta mixture, served with freshly grilled pita. I skipped this because I planned to have a giant gluten cheat for dinner, in the form of — of all low-brow things — Dunkin’ Donuts. (It was worth it; I hadn’t had doughnuts in several years, and the Boston cream and French cruller still taste as trashy-good as ever.)
Restroom Rating: [rating=4]