Conteago is a bilingual pun, a play on the Spanish word contigo, which loosely translates to "together," "with you," or "love," with the English word "tea" plopped in the middle.
This represents the cafe's wide range of global influences when it comes to a menu of brunch items and beverages, heavily informed by the neighbourhood's diverse population.
Vaulted ceilings and an imposing full-front window are surprisingly impressive. With a clean, fresh look, stools at a ledge are quite charming, and there's plenty of other seating too (if a little wonky).
A breakfast crepe ($8) is made fresh on the griddle at the counter, with a pleasingly soft yet crisp texture and a fresh combination of egg, ham, cheddar and spinach inside.
Options for sweet crepes include banana Nutella, strawberry cream cheese and lemon sugar.
A pressed tostada sandwich is a good deal at $5.50 with ham, cheese, lettuce and mayo on St. Pio bread, and you can opt to make this more of a "completo" or Monte Cristo by adding chicken.
A garlic naan personal pizza is just $6, and comes with your choice of cheese, pineapple, pepperoni, ham and/or green peppers. Even if it's a little thin, I like being able to choose my own combination of toppings. The cheese is nice and stretchy and once again, it's really affordable.
A tres leches cake ($3) is provided by Cakes by Lesia, moist and spongy. Made with free range eggs and organic ingredients, it's given an atypical but crunchy and sweet topping of fresh pineapple.
Bubble tea ($5.50) brings an Asian influence to the drinks menu, with options for peach, strawberry, honeydew, classic milk, taro, passionfruit or other bubble tea flavours, and options like popping boba, coconut jelly or tapioca for toppings.
We go for a nicely sweet coconut bubble tea with a chocolatey Oreo topping and a foamy, warm, rejuvenating shot of espresso. All bubble teas are made with organic tea and sweetened with sugar cane syrup.
Equipped with Wi-Fi, Conteago also hopes to stay open late on weekends to encompass more of a lounge vibe.