Alcyone is now closed.
Tucked under the layers of parking in the Pringle Parkade you'll find Alcyone Cafe, a great little stop for lunch. They call themselves a European style cafe offering breakfast and lunch. Their pick me up beverages (coffee, etc.) looks impressive as well; I didn't partake but saw what others had.
It's a short walk for anyone working in the downtown area, and their dark and rich interior is a nice relaxing respite from a crazy busy day at work. It's a small cafe, not suitable for large groups, but you can get away with a four or six top if it's not busy.
Service is simple and personable. The menu offers wraps, sandwiches, and some other light lunch fare. Ordering the Italian panini I was at first a little underwhelmed by its size, until I noted that it's over an inch thick with meat! It was a great hearty mix of flavors, and by the time I was done with it, the little pickle on the side and the small bag of Kettle chips that come with it, I was full. Can't remember if it was $9.25 or $9.27. Not a cheap sandwich lunch, and at first I bristled at that, but afterwards I was pleased. The calming atmosphere alone was worth it for me on that certain day!
Alas, I did not take pics when I was there; you can check out their Facebook page for a few shots! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alcyone-Cafe-Catering/272350087694