Fiona looks like a pretty simple (although very attractive) bakery. There are pies and biscuits in a pastry case, a wall of bread, and a casual, order-at-the-counter set up. And while the bakery stuff is fantastic - especially the rich, but somehow light chocolate chess pie, and the perfect baguettes - it’s also not just what this place is about. There’s also a menu of Asian-influenced savory dishes, like a very good chicken and cabbage salad, and a celery root pancake you’ll immediately want another of. They’re open all day, turning into a table-service restaurant at night and doing bigger dishes like hangar steak and grilled pork shoulder. The food is simple, fantastic, and likely not at all expected when you walked in for a slice of pie.
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