Posts Tagged ‘Cafe’

First Taste of Nosh Downtown Vancouver

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I toured the new Nosh that opened in Telus Garden in downtown Vancouver, this new dining concept from the Global Group features a one-of-a-kind grab n’ go eatery and pâtisserie. Transitioning from a bakery in the morning, to a salad and panini bar complete with fresh pastas in the afternoon, to a destination for cocktails and late night bites in the evening, Nosh is the place that locals and visitors alike will want to keep discovering again and again.

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

The irresistible dessert showcase takes the place of honour at Nosh, with offerings including artisanal pastries, macarons, truffles and other handcrafted creations by acclaimed pastry chef Elie Nehme. Additional daily options suited to those on-the-go include customized salads made to order, fresh pastas, small plates and the daily roast sandwich, plus a European-style cocktail hour every weekday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., featuring complimentary tapas with each beverage ordered from the $6 cocktail hour drink menu.

For busy professionals, Nosh offers office lunch packages at $10 per person, including customizable housemade sandwiches, salads and wraps, with a soon-to-launch online ordering system allowing for quick and easy meal pick-up from self-serve shelves.

Emad Yacoub, proprietor of Glowbal Restaurant Group.

Emad Yacoub, proprietor of Glowbal Restaurant Group.

“We’re thrilled for Glowbal Restaurant Group to join the TELUS family with the launch of Nosh,” added Yacoub. “The first building in Canada built to LEED Platinum standard, TELUS Garden is paving the way for a new wave of beautiful, modern and technologically advanced tourist destinations in Vancouver. We designed Nosh precisely to meet this elevated standard and appeal to both visitors and locals alike.”

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Fresh and modern, the 1,600 square-foot open concept room spills organically into the TELUS Garden lobby with a loose border of spun metal pendant lights, offering a welcoming entry point to the building. The design balances warm walnut millwork with the contemporary appeal of glossy black marble cladding, and includes fully retractable glass doors that open onto a modern patio. From a glass tile ceiling that glows at night with alternating coloured lights, to comfortable tableside and sofa seating, plus a fire table to ward off evening chills, the patio adds a cozy touch to TELUS Garden’s array of of advanced amenities.

Nosh is located at #101-510 West Georgia Street. Open from 7:30 a.m. until late, Monday to Friday, and 10:00 a.m. until late Saturday and Sunday (August 2015 onwards only), Nosh can be contacted at 604-449-NOSH (6674) or [email protected]

By: Richard Wolak

First Taste of Moja Coffee on Commercial Drive

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I previewed the new Moja Coffee café and roastery last week to learn more about one of my favourite coffee roasters. This impressive new café and roastery opened today in a building on Commercial Drive that was built in 1908. Envisioned by owners Doug Finley and Andrew Wentzel a few years back, this Commercial Drive build took much longer than anticipated enabling them to bring coffee roasting back to the drive and are currently the only coffee roastery located on this historical ‘coffee drive’.

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The café features 45 seats inside with an open roasting area for onlookers who are passionate about getting the freshest and highest quality coffee.

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The cafe features two top of the line espresso machines on the line with precision grinders.

Coffee Roaster

Coffee Roaster

They will be offering a new Lab series of coffees roasted to order and only available for the day, it’s a first of its kind in Vancouver, featured for the French press, Chemex, and espresso on the black eagle only.

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Cortado

Cortado

Moja Coffee is located at 1102 Commercial Drive in Vancouver and is open daily 7am – 8pm. You can follow them on twitter @mojacoffee

By: Richard Wolak

ED’S DAILY COMMISSARY

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686 Powell Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 424-8708

Web: http://www.edsdaily.com/

Twitter: @edsdaily

Advice: Counter service. No reservations.

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It’s a community eatery in the heart of the Strathcona neighborhood that’s owned by Brett Turner and Dax Droski. Both are passionate on creating a place for people to enjoy fine eats throughout the day. I love the large open kitchen, the stainless steel serving trays, the brick lined walls and the windows that on look to bustling roadways.

Chicken Banh Mi

Chicken Banh Mi

Kale & Soba Salad

Kale & Soba Salad

Raspberry Tart

Raspberry Tart

Corn Flake Cookie

Corn Flake Cookie

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I visited for lunch having the slightly spicy and delicious Chicken Banh Mi along with a very good Kale & Soba Salad filled with veggies. I also had the gluten free Raspberry Tart with almond which was the perfect after lunch treat, along with the Corn Flake Cookie and an Espresso Macchiato which is made with locally roasted Matchstick Coffee.

You’ll find a menu filled with sandwiches, salads and soups as well as a daily lunch feature which is announced each morning on Instagram. You will also find a full-line up coffee beverages along with desserts and snacks. Looking forward to many return visits to this spot in the heart of the community.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LIBERTY BAKERY

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3699 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 709-9999

Web: https://www.facebook.com/Libertyyvr

Twitter: @Libertyyvr

Advice: Closed Monday.

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In the heart of bustling Main Street sits a wonderful café and bakery on the corner, all white on the outside, on the inside it’s cute and quaint with paintings lining the walls. The bakery is filled with treats that have a way of calling your name and there is an espresso bar as well.

Espresso Macchiato and a Gingerbread cookie

Espresso Macchiato and a Gingerbread cookie

Pulla

Pulla

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Liberty Bakery had been on this corner for many years, when the previous owner wanted to retire she sold the business and it was soon reborn with a new baking style of menu. I have visited a few times already, have had an Espresso Macchiato and a Gingerbread cookie shaped like a Totoro on visit. On another visit I have had a Pulla  – Swedish cinnamon cardamon bun with citrus glaze and pearl sugar; Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

You will find all sorts of baked goods, cakes, pastries, pies, and more. On the beverage side of things  you will find a full line-up of espresso beverages along with teas to round out the liquid offerings.

Review by: Richard Wolak

TOUR DE FEAST

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4544 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 221-4340

Web: http://tourdefeast.com/cafe/

Twitter @de_feast

Advice: No reservations. Closed Tuesdays.

Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat Pancakes

Almond Croissant

Almond Croissant

Chocolate Croissants

Chocolate Croissants

As their name suggests, Tour de Feast does just that, with beautiful paintings adorning the walls to the varied selection of the dishes on offer. This was the locale for one of our Breakfast Club adventures in to Point Grey, for Alejandro Escobell, Jason Sanders and I, this was our first time in for Brunch together. Each of us had the notable Buckwheat Pancakes ($12) with roast potatoes, side salad, organic syrup, and I also had one of their delicious Almond Croissant’s ($3.25) flakey on the outside filled with almond on the inside; we then all shared a couple of the Chocolate Croissants ($3.25 each).

The café offers a wide selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads, breakfast options and in house baked goods. On the beverages side, they offer coffee and organic loose leaf tea. At lunch they offer a curry bar during the weekdays.

Review by: Richard Wolak

OLD CROWE COFFEE CO

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655 Front Street, New Westminster

Tel: 778-960-8790

Web: http://oldcrowcoffeeco.com/

Twitter: @Oldcrowcoffee

Advice: Open daily.

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Located downtown New Westminster overlooking the river front, you will a cool café, brick lined walls and comfy leather chairs are a welcoming spot. find a full line-up of espresso beverages featuring island roaster Bows & Arrows, along with baked goods from local Faubourg Paris bakery that include croissants, cookies and more. You will also find a great line-up of teas from the Granville Island Tea Company, along with sandwiches for your lunch cravings.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I had an Espresso Macchiato on my recent visit siting at their unique wooden table on a moveable seat. This is a great spot to grab a book, a coffee and while away the time.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Temper Chocolate & Pastry 1st Anniversary

Steven Hodge - owner

Steven Hodge – owner

On February 19, I attended the 1st year anniversary celebration at their bakery café in West Vancouver.

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Guests enjoyed sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries, cheese and crackers along with some cakes and chocolate truffles.

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Temper Pastry is located at 2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver and you can call them at 604-281-1152 and follow them on twitter @Temperpastry

Thank you to our photographer Michelle Hondl for capturing the afternoon so well.

By: Richard Wolak

DOUGHGIRLS BAKE SHOP

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3322 Shrum Lane, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 333-5474

Web: http://www.doughgirlsbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @DoughgirlsBake

Advice: Join the line-up for delicious treats. Take ‘n Bake selection of entries for takeout.

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Located in the Wesbrook Village neighborhood close to the UBC campus is a star studded bakery café that is full of unique delectable treats. I have visited a couple of times since Rose Concepcion and her partner Thuy Kelp opened their popular bakeshop. This is a sweet spot filled with baked goods will all sorts of names and with that comes so many stories.

Double Chocolate Ranger Cookie

Double Chocolate Ranger Cookie

 Annie Oakley cookie

Annie Oakley cookie

Lemon almond shortbread

Lemon almond shortbread

On my first visit I enjoyed some of their baked goods treats, the Double Chocolate Ranger Cookie, the Annie Oakley cookie and the Lemon almond shortbread.

Tuna Sandwich

Tuna Sandwich

Lunar Coconut Puff.

Lunar Coconut Puff.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

On the next visit, I was in for lunch having a delicious Tuna Sandwich a Mediterranean inspired mix of tuna, aioli, veggies, and preserved lemon on organic Pioneer Grain Bread, served with spinach salad, along with an Espresso Macchiato and a Lunar Coconut Puff. In addition to their sandwiches, salads, baked goods which include red velvet cupcakes, organic almond croissants, hello Dolly’s, Danishes, cookies and more; they also offer a selection of house baked breads.

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Additionally they offer a selection of entrée dishes which are frozen to take and bake at home, which is what I did tasting a multitude of selections, my favourites were the Turkey Pot Pie made with Rossdown Farms free-range turkey and veggies simmered in a veloute sauce and encased in a flaky pie crust; along with the Butternut Mac ‘n Cheese made with a Four cheese macaroni studded with roasted butternut squash; and the King Ranch Casserole of layered tortilla, Rossdown Farms chicken and green chilli-cheese casserole which was delicious.

You will find a pastry case filled with treats that change by the season for your indulgence, as well as a full espresso beverage line-up and other beverages.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BLACK ROOK BAKEHOUSE

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2474 East Hastings St, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 563-5094

Web: http://www.blackrookbake.com/

Twitter: @blackrookbaker

Advice: Open Monday – Saturday.

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A true neighborhood bakeshop that’s community oriented shines bright in the heart of the East Village. Owned by Dana and Mark Blundell, who have been baking up a wonderful array of treats since they began. You will find all sorts of baked goods, cakes, pastries, pies, quiches and more. On the beverage side of things they support the local roasters by featuring both Salt Spring Coffee as well as Agro Roasters and you will find a full line-up of espresso beverages along with teas to round out the liquid offerings.

Don Ho Ukelele Hawaiian Muffin

Don Ho Ukelele Hawaiian Muffin

On my most recent visit I had the delicious tropical Don Ho Ukelele Hawaiian Muffin as well as one of the Ginger cinnamon cream Whoopies. Love the unique names they have for all of their goodies, looking forward to returning to try one of their oooey gooey cinnamon buns.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BATARD BOULANGERIE

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3958 Fraser, Vancouver

Tel: 604-506-3958

Web: http://www.batardbakery.com/

Twitter: @batardbakery

Advice: Communal tables for sharing, prepared foods for takeaway.

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In France bread usually comes out of the ovens in the afternoon when people are heading home from work. Notable Bread baker Chris Brown (co-owner) and Bruno and Sally Born (co-owner also of Finest At Sea) are baking breads which are available by the gram or the slice all day long, with most of the loaves baked in the afternoon for people to take home fresh for the dinner table. Asides from the rustic breads, they are also baking all sorts of baked goodies including cookies, croissants, brioche and more!

Veggie Gratin on Levain

Veggie Gratin on Levain

Gibralter Coffee

Gibralter Coffee

Kouign Amann

Kouign Amann

Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie

Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie

I visited for lunch having the Veggie Gratin on Levain, an open faced sandwich with grilled vegetables and melted cheese. I then had a Gibralter Coffee, along with some treats including the tasty Kouign Amann made with layers of almonds and butter and a delicious Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie! The menu also features soups, salads, tartines and sandwiches; along with a takeaway section featuring preserves, prepared meals, cheeses and more.

Beautiful paintings line the brick adorned wall, large communal wooden tables available for sharing, the space is open and bright. Fraserhood is shining with this new bakery café, grab a book and settle in with a coffee and some treats!

Review by: Richard Wolak

PALLET COFFEE ROASTERS

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323 Semlin Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604 -255 -2014

Web: http://palletcoffeeroasters.com/

Twitter: @PalletCoffee

Advice: Open daily.

This East Village café and coffee roastery has been a community hub since opening last summer. Run by passionate owners Sharif Sharifi and Shane Dehkodaei, you’ll find their Benchmark of perfection on order with each espresso beverage coming off the bar.

Cortado

Cortado

Double Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant

Double Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

On my latest visit I had a Cortado and a delicious Double Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant on previous visits I have always had my standout Espresso Macchiato of which is served here with an extra shot of espresso on the side.

You will find a selection of house-baked croissants, almond croissants, savoury scones, sweet scones, brownies and more; as well as sandwiches and more! The café features their roastery which can be seen through the large glass windows, the café seats 16 people with seating upstairs and on the main level. They have drip coffee as well as pour overs, along with their line-up of espresso beverages featuring their own house roasted Benchmark Espresso.

Review by: Richard Wolak

DANICAS BAKED COFFEE BAR

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556 Beatty Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 336-3554

Web: http://www.danicascafe.com/

Twitter: @danicascafe

Advice: Reservations suggested for brunch or large parties.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Wild Smoked Salmon Frittata

Wild Smoked Salmon Frittata

Cinnamon Bun

Cinnamon Bun

A charming cozy café named after the owners grandmother in Croatia who made everything from scratch, the walls are adorned with photos from the golden days where the family had grown up. The coffee bar serves Elysian roasted espresso along with a diverse tea selection, baked goods are front and centre on the bar to tempt. They strive to make everything from scratch here where most is organic. I have visited on a couple occasions, afternoon treats with a friend to share the home-made and delicious Chocolate Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream, along with enjoying an Espresso Macchiato ($3.50). I then returned dining solo for brunch having the outstanding Wild Smoked Salmon Frittata ($15) with dill, feta cheese and cherry tomatoes served with hash browns and fresh greens; along with one of their Cinnamon Buns ($3.50) house made, warmed with an orange glaze topped with crushed pecans.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and brunch daily, soon to serve dinner, they are licensed and you may want to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine to accompany their line-up of savouries. The desserts and baked goods are all tempting, this is a spot with wonderful ambience that you are going to want to visit often.

Review by: Richard Wolak

First Taste of Elysian Coffee in Mount Pleasant

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I toured the new Elysian Coffee that opened in Mount Pleasant on the southwest corner of Ontario and 7th, this impressive café and roastery took 15 months to build. They have their own roastery on site with a 1950 cast iron 22kg Probat coffee roaster (from Germany), for roasting their coffee. There is also a large café with communal seating, a large bakery in the back, and a cupping room.

Espresso Bar

Espresso Bar

Alistair Durie and Robert Goble are the men behind the successful Elysian Coffee operation that has been evolving since day one 15 years ago. They have had a couple of cafes in operation for the past years in Kitsilano and in Fairview, now a move to their flagship facility.

The Cupping Room

The Cupping Room

22kg Probat coffee roaster

22kg Probat coffee roaster

I’ve been a fan of their coffee and cafes since they opened years ago. Knowing Alistair for thus many years, he is a true perfectionist and so passionate leading not only his company but the ever evolving local coffee industry.

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Espresso Macchiato

Elysian Coffee is located at 2301 Ontario Street in Vancouver and is open daily.

By: Richard Wolak

CAFÉ CAVA

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1860 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: 604-925-2503

Web: http://cafecava.com

Twitter: @CafeCaVaWestVan

Advice: Reservations suggested at lunchtime.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Beef Braised Brisket

Beef Braised Brisket

Goat Cheese Soufflé

Goat Cheese Soufflé

Plum Tart Tatin

Plum Tart Tatin

The beautifully euro French appointed room is filled with chandeliers, and paintings which is the perfect backdrop to the French inspired menu. My friend, pastry chef Steven Hodge joined me for dinner and a great conversation. We each had the delicious and hearty French Onion Soup ($10) with gruyere cheese, croutons in a delicious broth. We then shared the outstanding 10 hour Beef Braised Brisket ($23) with Israelli cous, caramelized onion and arugula; we also shared the Goat Cheese Soufflé ($16) with vegetable ragout; along with the Plum Tart Tatin ($10) topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, you will find a creative cocktail list, beer and wine rounding up the menu along with the full espresso beverage line-up with delicious coffee.

Review by: Richard Wolak

DARCY’S CAFÉ

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4462 W 10th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 336-6399

Web: http://www.darcyscafe.ca/

Twitter: @darcysvancouver

Advice: Open daily and later on Friday nights.

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This West Point Grey neighborhood eatery offers delicious treats from early morning to late afternoon. They offer a Playspace area filled with toys, books and crafts for children to keep them occupied while you enjoy their baked goods, desserts, sandwiches along with a full selection of coffees and teas.

Hummus Vegetable Sandwich

Hummus Vegetable Sandwich

I visited for lunch having their Hummus Vegetable Sandwich along with some cookies to go.

This kid friendly café is providing healthy, sustainable, local food, featuring organic coffee and organic Namasthe tea. Every Friday night from 7:30pm – 10:00pm is dessert night, a chance for those with children to come and meet others while enjoying some of their handmade desserts such as cakes, cheesecakes, tiramisu, tarts, cream brulee, puddings, and so much more!

Review by: Richard Wolak

ABODE RESTAURANT

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1223 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.688-1411

Web: http://www.aboderestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ABODERestaurant

Advice: Takes reservations.

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

A large an inviting room situated off of bustling Robson, the décor is inspired of mid-century design with warm tones of walnut and Calcutta marble, lots of banquets and communal tables throughout. There is a coffee bar for the morning, a bar area as well as the dining room where they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner thru late night. Chef Tannis Smith has retooled the menu offering many comforting classics with her unique spin. I visited for dinner on my own, having the Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers ($11) with a couple of tasty dips! To follow I had the Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry ($22) a light tomato based house made blend of ginger, garlic, cumin, jalapenos, cinnamon, a mix of smoked paprikas and spices. Served on Pomegranate dirty rice.

The all-day menu features a good selection of appetizers as well as salads, handhelds along with seafood and a selection of pasta dishes.  There is also an extensive brunch menu filled will sorts of dishes including Marilyn’s Omelet, Horizon Hash and Handle Your Scramble.

Review by: Richard Wolak

MAIN STREET HONEY SHOPPE

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4125 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-879-6052

Web: http://www.mainstreethoney.com/

Twitter: @mainstreethoney

Advice: Order at the counter.

The Honey Breve Stinger

The Honey Breve Stinger

Honeybee Honey Cake

Honeybee Honey Cake

It’s a honey shoppe and it’s a café which features a variety of house-baked goods that are made with their own local honey. There is a full line-up of espresso beverages which also features several of their honeys. One of the delicious beverages that I have tried is The Honey Breve Stinger made with local buckwheat honey and locally roasted Republica coffee. Their Honeybee Honey Cake is a wonderful treat on it’s own made with their honey.

You’ll find shelves and shelves filled with many varieties of honey, infused honey spreads, as well a large selection of accessories. On the café bar side you will find several different types of baked goods and desserts where honey plays a starring role.

Review by: Richard Wolak

AU COMPTOIR

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2278 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 569-2278

Web: http://www.aucomptoir.ca/

Twitter: @Au_Comptoir

Advice: No reservations, open 8am-10pm Wednesday – Monday. Closed Tuesdays.

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Bonjour! Walking into this classic Parisian café with it’s well dressed good looking servers who for the most part are fluent in French, encompasses this French bistro experience which you are going to enjoy. Owned by friends, Maxime Bettili and Julien Aubin, they have talented Executive Chef  Daniel McGee running the kitchen who has been cooking French food for much of his career. They have created a beautiful space for diners to enjoy with a nice bar up front and a large kitchen in the back for the chefs to do what they do best, cook up classic French dishes with modern twists. There is a rotating pastry case featuring a selection of French desserts that is replenished throughout the day which is going to tempt you to indulge.

Pane Chocolat

Pane Chocolat

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Leek Tart

Leek Tart

 The Duck Confit

The Duck Confit

I visited for weekend brunch, starting off with a delicious Pane Chocolat that was flakey and just perfect, along with a Espresso Macchiato which was served with a delicious financier along side. I then had a delicious Leek Tart with feta cheese, fricasse with lightly salted potato chips; followed by The Duck Confit with potato and apple hash which was outstanding, delicious flavours and tender duck with a hint of apple, this dish usually comes with a poached egg on top, I had mine without the egg.

You’ll find different menus for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch which is going to make you want to dine there all day, eat French food and sip on coffees and wine!

Review by: Richard Wolak

LA CUISSON CAFÉ

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2050 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 558-2589

Web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Cuisson-Cafe/142054755871323

Twitter: @LaCuissonCafe

Advice: Reservations requested for afternoon tea and afternoon coffee service.

Mandheling Syphon coffee

Mandheling Syphon coffee

Iced Drip Coffee

Iced Drip Coffee

Espresso Macchiato!

Espresso Macchiato!

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Tuna Waffle

Tuna Waffle

Caramel Macchiato, Mille Feille and a Florentine

Caramel Macchiato, Mille Feille and a Florentine

Hidden off the beaten path in the heart of Kerrisdale is a wonderous gem. Specializing in Syphon Style coffee brewed with their own freshly roasted coffee beans, this elegant café features sandwiches, waffles and other savouries along with home-made desserts, an espresso bar along with Afternoon Tea and Afternoon Coffee service. Owned by Jason Hsu who has had an interest in coffee culture for much of his life, his wife makes all the wonderful desserts that highlights the cafes offerings. I have visited a couple of times, the first visit I had tasted a selection of coffees including the Mandheling Syphon coffee, the Iced Drip Coffee, and an Espresso Macchiato, as well as a piece of their Strawberry Cheesecake. The following visit I had the Tuna Waffle which was a more like tuna salad that complemented their homemade savoury waffle, followed by a Caramel Macchiato, and some sweet treats that included the Mille Feille and a Florentine topped with almonds.

The coffee and tea selection is quite extensive, this a wonderful spot to take friends or to enjoy an afternoon escape. I am looking forward to visiting soon for Afternoon Tea!

Review by: Richard Wolak

MOMENTO COFFEE HOUSE

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577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver

Tel: 604-828-5282

Web: www.momentocoffeehouse.com

Twitter: @momentocoffee

Advice: Check out the private space upstairs for meetings. You’ll want to sit upstairs at the long table.

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Taking creativity to the next level, their newest café is the star of the new multi-university campus at Great Northern Way. From the colourful sign out front to the colourful numbers on the menu board inside to the cool seating inside the 2 level café, this is a place that has been well thought out. The owners built out most of the café on their own including the beautiful hand made hard wood floors and wood panel walls finished with 100 year old barn wood, everything has a story including the lighting. There are 3 community tables one that is a 10 ft section of a bowling alley converted to a table underpinned with turn of the century radiators, and a 32 foot mezzanine counter facing south.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Then comes the coffee, the full on espresso bar features Bows & Arrows Handcrafted coffee, along with the espresso beverage line-up that you know there is also a Flat White and Long Black. You will also find their Pour Over, French Press as well as their popular Louisiana Ice Coffee. The café menu is filled with great eats as well including Empanadas from The Patty Shop, sandwiches, scones, cookies and more. I had my usual Espresso Macchiato, here it was served in a cool short mason glass jar, presentation goes along way and they get it.

Bring your laptop, write a book, or gather your thoughts, and enjoy your East Van Momento experience.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SATE BAKERY

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2879 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-725-8400

Web: www.bakerysate.com

Twitter: @BakerySate

Advice: Go early for the breakfast pastries as they come out of the oven.

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Patisseries have been opening in many neighborhoods around the city, now foodies need not look further on the drive as Pastry Chef/Owner Eric Ho has recently opened an indulgent bakery cafe. Featuring an array of house-baked croissants, cream puffs and other baked goodies, you will also find house-baked breads, pastries, cakes along with sandwiches, and more. With his background as an Electrical Engineer for 13 years, Eric has always had a passion for baking and making pastries, he decided to make a career change and he took a 6 month baking program at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.  His wife is an Accountant who took an interior design course at night and designed this beautiful café. The couple recently opened this stunning bakery café on the drive.

JJ Bean Espresso Puffs

JJ Bean Espresso Puffs

Chocolate Croissant

Chocolate Croissant

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I visited for some afternoon treats, having the delicious JJ Bean Espresso Puff a choux pastry filled with JJ Bean espresso and custard, with a streusel top and when you order one it is actually served as two; a Chocolate Croissant and an Espresso Macchiato. I also tried the Matcha Black Sesame Slice which was delicious and I can’t wait to return for yet another slice as well as more of the espresso cream puffs. You’ll also find a full espresso bar beverage line-up, teas and cold beverages. If you like to watch bakers in action there is an open glass window to view the making of these beautiful treats.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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