This cafe is fairly spacious and open for a spot in Yaletown. It was slow Saturday noon. I had a course nearby that I was taking, so I came here for a quick bite.
The service was OK. Maybe it’s the low lighting and dark walls, but it seems to affect the staff. It was very low key and almost lethargic atmosphere (the photo below has been lightened).
However, the tables, sofas and booths are all spaced apart, and with so little customers, you could enjoy some privacy.
I ordered the Chicken Fajita $5.95 and a London Fog $3 (small) with Tazo teabags. The fajita was spicy, and was ok. (as you can see, the lighting makes the food look kinda depressing)
The London Fog was pretty good. I love their cup design. I’ve noticed that they got rid of their old logo that was red, green and black. I was not a fan! Although I’m not super stoked about their new one, it is a huge improvement. The subtle writing on the cup is a lot more creative and personal.
The trendy and high-end cafe in the TELUS Garden is located in the lobby of the building. With 1,600 square foot of open space and a piano which is played occasionally, it’s a great place to catch up with friends after shopping at Pacific Centre or have business meetings.
The staff was friendly, and I ordered the Turkey Sandwich with a pasta salad $10 combo.
Sheepie had the same, while my brother had a Moroccan Chicken wrap $7.95. Water was self serve.
I got a Chamomile Citrus tea ($2.0 with tax) in a to-go cup. Instead of a sleeve, the cup was wrapped in a beveled sheet, so that the heat wouldn’t transfer to the outside of the cup, making it easier to hold, not only because of the unaffected temperature, but the added texture for grip. Clever design!
Food on the other hand was a big disappointment from a high-end cafe. You’d expect more from such a place. My sandwich was way too burnt. Extremely greasy. The pasta was even more oily. Sheepie didn’t like it at all, so I had most of his. Yes, even if it’s not that great, I was hungry, and I love pasta! I wondered why they had so many food left on a Friday evening.
The place was super cold and with only one bathroom stall. The cafe is all nice and eye-candy, (I do love their branding) but not really thinking about the customer’s taste buds and experience.
The restaurant was large and spacious with a nice atmosphere. There were families, large groups of friends and couples. Service was slow as no one had even gotten our waters after I returned from the bathroom, but our server was very friendly.
I ordered the Whiskey River® BBQ Chicken Wrap $11.99 – a tortilla with charbroiled chicken breast in their signature Whiskey River® BBQ sauce, with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tortilla strips and ranch dressing. Served with 3 slices of oranges (might be different depending on supplies/location) and Bottomless Steak fries. It was really tasty and quite filling – I didn’t even get to finish the other half of the wrap, so I had it to go.
Sheepie had the Simply Grilled Beef Burger $9.20 which is a fresh, never frozen, 100% Alberta beef patty, served with leaf lettuce, sliced tomatoes, pickles & red onion along with Bottomless Steak Fries. The char-coiled beef taste was really good!
Overall, I liked the menu selection and the food quality. The restaurant was a bit cold for my liking, but that’s just me. Service again was slow when paying. One staff said that the other girl would come by with the credit machine, but she never came. After more waiting, the same staff came by and noticed that I was still waiting and got the machine herself. Despite the service delay, I would return again.