For my one and only dine out this year, I went to Wildebeest. They’re suppose to have great food and great service! My friend and I walked over after work for our 5:30pm reservation and we were seated right away as it wasn’t busy yet. Wildebeest is offering a three course menu for $40.
I saw some delish pictures of cakes from Cadeaux Bakery, including an Earl Grey cake which prompted my visits. Cadeaux Bakery is located on Cordova and Main St. just on the edge of Gastown. The interior is adorable and girly!
I like the open kitchen concept. There were some yummy looking croissants being made in the back (I have a thing for croissants lately). Read more
I used to work near Sweetery Cafe but I never ended up blogging about it so here it is! It’s in between the Olympic Village skytrain station and Olympic Village. The area is industrial but new restaurants and breweries have been popping up as well as more condos. They’re only open Monday to Friday though and I see conflicting times on when they’re closed but I’m pretty sure they close at 5pm ( EDIT: they now open on Saturdays too! Check out Foodology’s post here.) In addition to dessert, Sweetery also serves soups and sandwiches for lunch. Their lunch special can be found on their Facebook page.
Instead of serving their Carrot Loaf in slices, they come in these mini loaves with cream cheese frosting on top. This was a good version with walnuts and raisins and the inside was moist. The amount of frosting was also generous. Read more
I haven’t been to IKEA since their strike was over and I keep hearing about their meatballs so now was my chance to try them! The restaurant is on the second floor and it is a cafeteria style dining area.
Trafiq Bakery is located on Main and 26th next to The Main. They serve a small selection of lunch items such as sandwiches and quesadillas as well as baked goods and especially cake!
My idea was to go to Earnest Ice Cream first and then eat lunch/brunch but then as we walked by Graze which is right next door, it seemed like a nice place to have brunch so we just went in. Also it didn’t look busy so we wouldn’t have to wait for a table either. The restaurant had a nice serene vibe to it and there was a large colorful mural on one wall. Graze is a vegetarian restaurant and I had totally forgotten about that but we decided to give it a try.
These were the Breakfast Tacos made with scrambled tofu, tomatoes, peppers, black bean and corn on organic corn tortillas. On the side were some rosemary potatoes and house greens. I think the sauce in the middle was suppose to be the spicy salsa roja but it didn’t taste very spicy. The tacos tasted spicy though so maybe the salsa was already on top? Yes I have no idea what I’m talking about but for some vegetarian tacos they were pretty good. I didn’t miss the meat.
I went for a sweet brunch item, the Carrot Cake French Toast. Sounds decadent right? There were three large slices served with smoked salt caramel sauce, whipped coconut creme and some sort of fruit compote. The carrot cake was dipped and grilled in a flax-polenta batter which gave it a slightly weird flavour for me since I think the edges were a bit burnt too. Basically all the flavours tasted a bit unusual to me at first, they just didn’t seem like they were suppose to go with carrot cake?
For example, the whipped coconut creme looked like icing but a much less sweet version and the smoke caramel sauce was a bit weak and didn’t really add much for me and finally for the fruit compote, I don’t even know what fruit they used but it was off-putting… Like not terrible but not pleasant either so I avoided most of it. Ok so maybe I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting since this is not your standard carrot cake or french toast. The carrot cake itself was very moist and full of carrot flavour. Despite all the condiments, it wasn’t too sweet.
Ok so I don’t think I would come back just because I think I prefer more meat in my meals and maybe things that sound less healthy… the food just differed from my norm? Maybe I need to try more vegetarian places! I heard the Acorn is good.