Caffe Cittadella

Caffè Cittadella Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoI stumbled on this cafe on Zomato, and thought that it would be a neat cafe to check out. An old house that was restored and converted into a 2-storey cafe. Even from the outside, I was excited to see such a charming cafe in a closeby neighbourhood, and I never knew about it for the 10 years I’ve been in Vancouver!

idearabbit_cittadella1 idearabbit_cittadella2I went up to the cashier, and started looking around the pastries. I ordered a Blueberry Scone $3.25. When I asked for one, the staff mumbled which one. I was confused and asked are there different types? He said something like two. And I walked over to the scones to see if there were any. The staff punched in something into the cashier and didn’t help me out or clarify anything. I shrugged. I had it warmed up. I also had the Vanilla Rooibos tea $3.

When it was time to pay, the tip option was on there. I wanted not to pay as I wasn’t really getting a welcome, friendly feeling from this staff who seemed bored and unwilling to give any good service. Instead of trying to avoid it, I got charged a 25% tip. That sucked!

idearabbit_cittadella3 idearabbit_cittadella5 idearabbit_cittadella4 idearabbit_cittadella6 Carrying my nice tray with my tea, I went upstairs to where Sheepie had already been waiting and enjoying his latte and muffin. He also complained about the guy at the counter and a girl. Later on, a different girl came up and brought my heated scone, and when we were done, she took away the cups and plates. She was friendly. I guess that’s why the tip option is on there…

Tea and pastry was good. Being upstairs where there were only 2 other guys, it was a bit empty, so the music felt a bit loud – yes! my pet peeve…

On the first floor by the bathroom area, there are bunch of photos of the old house prior to renovations. It’s quite neat to see the history. A lot of work went into the reno for sure!

idearabbit_cittadella7 idearabbit_cittadella10 idearabbit_cittadella9 idearabbit_cittadella8The cafe is spacious, charming and welcoming. Service was a bit of disappointment and needs work. Parking can be nearly impossible to find… but a great, unique cafe!

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Brazza on Lonsdale

Brazza Gelato & Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoAn open, spacious and simple cafe. Their sofa does need to be replaced though…

Since it was close to Christmas, there weren’t much gelatos available – not that I would have gotten any. I needed a hot drink!

idearabbit_brazza_lonsdale1 idearabbit_brazza_lonsdale2 idearabbit_brazza_lonsdale3I had their tall Cafe Latte $3.57. I normally don’t drink coffee because I’m so sensitive to caffeine, but it was still early in the day, and I had a long day ahead of me. I met up with a friend, and we chatted away. The nice thing about less crowded cafe and without their music playing loud is that you can have a conversation without the distractions.

It’s a laid back, comfortable cafe.

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Cactus Club on Broadway

Cactus Club Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoAs you enter, you’re greeted by fish in the aquarium tank. The hostess greeted us. I can’t really comment on the hostess as we were a large group, and someone upfront was talking to her.

We had 8 people, but was easily accommodated by a one long table with plenty of room all around. It was at the end of the restaurant, so it was nice to have almost a privacy or distance from the rest of the crowd.

idearabbit_cactusclub_broadway1 idearabbit_cactusclub_broadway2 idearabbit_cactusclub_broadway3I ordered the Benga Chicken Curry $17.50 with garam masala, tomatoes, cream, cauliflower, almond coconut basmati rice and naan bread. Actually, I was going to order something else, but switched to this dish at the last moment, not carefully reading the ingredients…

idearabbit_cactusclub_broadway4When my food arrived, I was ashamed that I hadn’t read the menu carefully. Yes, the rice had almonds… I tried picking out the nuts, but there were too many. I asked one of the staff to tell her the situation. I was dumb in not being more careful. She offered to bring me just regular rice. Yes! Thank you! Though by then, everyone else had finished their food…

Aside from that, the food was very good. The curry was rich and flavourful. Service and atmosphere was very good. Would return again!

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