The Dharma Café is a family owned neat little café that also serves lunch and dinner and it is located inside the historical Kessler building between Houston Avenue and Crockett Street at exactly 1718 Houston, so it is not easily missed and they opened in 2001. The hours of operations of the restaurant café are from Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they remain closed on Monday.
The inside of the café is simple and has a rustic décor to it so that the place serves healthy homemade dishes in a laid back environment and their Sunday brunch is a must even though the prices is a little on the high side of $17 per person it is worth it because it is all you can eat. For example you can have the freshly baked cinnamon rolls, waffles, or banana, pecan or blueberry pancakes with a nice cup of coffee or enjoy a complimentary glass of mimosa.
While for their normal lunch and dinner menu you can order some of the delicious crab rangoon which is crab and cream cheese in a fried wonton for $8, or the spicy tuna wrap which has ahi tuna, cream cheese, cucumber, red onion jalapenos, wasabi and spinach in a tomato basil wrap or even a smoked salmon piece for $10 as one of their appetizers.
A lot of the customers here order one of the café specialty salads before returning to work on their lunch breaks such as the tomatoes Florentine which includes blue cheese, red onions and seared spinach, or the confetti salad which has walnuts, red onions, dried currants, with a Szechwan vinaigrette for $8.00 or the antipasto Dharma which includes asparagus spears, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives, crumbled feta with a balsamic vinaigrette for $12.
As far as their entrées you can order the shrimp with garlic basil which comes with capers, sun dried tomatoes and fettuccine for $18, or the blueberry chicken breast which is a chicken breast roulette, filled with blueberries, almonds and ricotta, drizzled in blueberry brandy glaze also for $18, or go with the tasty Mediterranean plate which includes hummus, tabouli, feta, olives, marinated tomato salad and pita bread for $12.
Dharma café also has an extensive wine list to choose from if you desire to compliment your meal with it like the Budini Malbec from Argentina for $7 per glass or the Il Cuore Cabernet Sauvignon from California for $10, or even the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio for $12.50.