Walking into this comfortable somehow homey (although still funky) cafe feels like walking into your friend’s place for a bite to eat among friends. In fact, we do run into friends in the cafe. The setting is a funky casual collection of tables and chair with friendly tattooed and pierced staff. It is not only a food establishment but a community space for arts, music and local events. Some of the upcoming events sound particularly intriguing such as the Boardgames are So Gay night on an upcoming Friday night hosted by DJ Ruggedly Handsome – hmmmm – maybe a good alternative to a bar for meeting people.
Although they do serve some meat dishes, this cafe is vegetarian and vegan-friendly. The menu seems to mainly consist of – well how to describe it – well just what you would expect from your local Main street eatery – simple food done pretty well at a reasonable price. In fact, they even serve a lentil stew which has no price – it costs how much you think it is worth and you pay anonymously in cash at the till.
Brunch is a casual affair and best thing of all – no waiting in line and no rushing. The eggs rhizomedict is the cafe’s version of eggs benedict and rather than hollandaise sauce has some sort of special squash sauce which is good but….well does anything beat hollandaise sauce? The french toast accompanied with turkey sausage was also a thumbs up. The granola with yogourt – well is granola with yogourt – nothing fancy.The coffee is fair trade. The portions are reasonable and the prices are too (most of the mains for brunc h were less than $10.
Overall, a great place to go if you want no-fuss food with no wait in a comfortable setting. Plus any place where when you ask for Tabasco (I am a hot sauce addict) asks “do you want tabasco or good hot sauce?” – knows their hot sauces and gets my vote. I will definitely go back. The lentil stew which has no actual price tag and patrons simply pay what they feel it should cost anonymously at the cash.
317 Broadway East
Vancouver, BC V5T 1W5, Canada
Cost: inexpensive, most if not all dishes less than $10
Verdict: funky local eatery for casual brunch/food