Sunday, November 20, 2005

Cassis

After a long couple of days at work, I needed to knock off early on Friday. So I called a friend, set up a lunch date and headed out. We had passed the place on our way to get yummy carb goodies from the New Town Bakery in Chinatown, and I immediately wanted to try it. I think it bills it self as a modern take on the French bistro concept. Their dinner menu is a little out of my recovering student budget, but lunch seems to be reasonable (unless you buy a martini). My review is a little mixed though.

The place was crammed when we arrived, but they seated us after no more than five minutes. We pored over the menus, taking our sweet time because everything looked so good. I settled on a prosciutto, caramelised onion and possibly goat cheese crepe (should have taken notes) and the Eiffel Tower martini (raspberry, lemon, beautiful lemon garnish). She opted for a Free range chicken pannini and a ginger, mango martini (damn good, did not taste alcoholic).
The crepe was heaven. It arrived all by itself on a plate, the salad separate. It looked so naked and lonely and unassuming on that plate, but when I took my first bite, I forgot all about that. Sweet caramelised onions, salty prosciutto. I think my eyes rolled back in my head.

The salad was also excellent, perfectly dressed, in my opinion.

After lunch though, things started to go pear shaped. Apparently, the restaurant has only one phone line, which constantly seems to be busy. Well, it took me longer to pay with my credit card than it did for our meal to arrive and I was pretty cranky by the time I signed the bill. GET A SECOND PHONE LINE!!

The restaurant website is here, and a fellow Vancouver food blogger reviewed it a while back. Of course, reading her review now, I am surprised I even bothered to eat there!


2 comments:

kickpleat said...

i plan on eating at cassis this coming week for lunch! i've been wanting to go there for ages. i've also heard mixed things...we'll see!

linda said...

I look forward to hearing what your experience is!