Aroma’s Bistro recently opened in a space where another restaurant had been. It is a small place with a couple small tables, a bunch that could seat six, and some counter stools. It looked like they were thinking about starting outdoor dining under the canopy that used to shade the gas stations that have been removed. It is in a small town, Maple, on Highway 2 and open for breakfast and lunch. Attached to a small convenience store, the restaurant has counters where they sell hand dipped ice cream, coffee drinks and pastries. However, even though they have an sign for a number of coffee drinks the server admitted she’d have to consult her book to make anything other than the 4 standard orders. The place is clean but bright and a bit sterile. Not many personal items are on the walls and the view out the window is of the highway. The server was very friendly and helpful. The same menu is served all day.
We tried one of their one of their caramel rolls in the counter and the server offered to warm it and provide butter. Warming it was a good idea as it softened the dough and it was able to melt the softened butter which gave it a richness. The inside was swirled with a bit of cinnamon and the top was coated with chopped pecans. It was doughy, sweet and good.
The Double Decker Club Sandwich included ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and American & Swiss cheeses on Wheatberry toast with a side of mayo. It was huge. While wheat is a good bread it does not take to toasting as well and so the sandwich did not get the nice crisp exterior it should have had. The mayo did come on the side only, none was on the sandwich. It being as large as it was, it was difficult to disassemble it to add the mayo, which it needed. It came with a pickle spear and for an upcharge we substituted onion rings instead of chips. The rings were not that crisp and had little onion flavor, howver the onion did stick to the coating and not pull out when it was bit. Chips would have been preferable.
The 1/3 pound Bacon Cheeseburger came with American cheese and crispy bacon on a toasted bun. It also came with chips but you could do the same upcharge and substitute rings or fries. The bun was nicely toasted and it was a good match of meat to bun. The bacon was a perfect crisp but had little flavor. The cheese was generous and important as there were no onions, sauce or garden. It was fine but was not drippy, messy fun as a burger should be. The onion rings were the same as came with the sandwich. We tried the regular coffee and one an Americano – both were okay but I wouldn’t spring for their specialty coffee – it wasn’t that much better.