Review: Two Dinners at Water St. Cafe

by gigi on June 23, 2008

Today’s post is going to be extra long because:
(1) I have not been posting as regularly these days and I’m feeling guilty :)
(2) I happened to eat at Water St. Cafe twice during a 3-week span so I thought it would be better to post about both visits at once

The first dinner was a gals’ night out with Tricia and Juanita.  It’s always fun to meet up at a new place for dinner.  I’ve never been to Water St. Cafe before but both Tricia and Juanita had and were happy to go back.  It also didn’t hurt that we had an Entertainment Book coupon that gave us a free entree.  :)

After we ordered, we were presented with some fresh bread.  There were two different kinds and they were both warm, which I enjoyed.  The butter was also easy to spread, which is something too often overlooked by many restaurants.

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Tricia and I shared the spinach salad, which came with tomatoes, goat cheese croutons, pancetta, pine nuts, and a red wine vinaigrette.  The crispy elements in this salad went really well with the soft spinach.  I also liked how the vinaigrette was very light and didn’t drench the salad.

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Juanita had a Caesar salad to start her meal.  This looked very tasty and Juanita enjoyed it quite a bit.

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All three of us chose pasta entrees.  First up was Juanita’s clam pasta in white wind sauce.  This came loaded with clams (some fresh and some canned) and looked delicious.

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Tricia picked the spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli.  Although there weren’t as many pieces of ravioli as she would have liked, the ravioli was quite big and it was very tasty.  Even though initial thoughts were that the dish was kind of small, it turned out to be very filling.  :)

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I chose the pesto linguine with chicken.  I found the pesto to have too much oil puddled at the bottom but it tasted great overall.  The linguine came with a lot of chicken chunks, sundried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.  I only ate half of this and ended up bringing the other half to work the next day.

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All in all, it was a very enjoyable meal.  We were too stuffed for dessert but luckily for you, we had dessert at the second Water St Cafe dinner… :)

Fast forward a few weeks and I was back at Water St Cafe for a Father’s Day dinner with my family.  I’ll highlight some of the dishes we tried as well as dessert.  :)

We decided to share a couple of appetizers that day and settled on the smoked salmon and the bruschetta.  Although I enjoyed the tomato and basil spread on the bruschetta, I like my bread to be a bit toastier and crunchier.

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The smoked salmon was very good.  There wasn’t anything very unique about this dish but it was done well.  The dill cream cheese went great with the salmon and triangle toasts.

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Gricked decided to have the potato gnocchi with shrimp, prosciutto, and squash.  If this sounds filling, it really was!  Even after sharing with all of us, he still had about half left over, which he ended up bringing for lunch the next day.  The shrimp and squash made for an interesting combination and this was a very tasty dish.

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Most of us were too full for dessert but we decided to share a couple of items anyway.  I decided to have the flourless espresso chocolate tart.  For some reason, I thought this was going to be like a chocolate lava cake but it turned out to be more like a dense truffle tart.  It also came with some preserved cherries, which went pretty well with the tart but created a watery soup in my dish, which I could have done without.  I would have also enjoyed the cherries if they had a stronger flavour.

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My grandparents and my mom chose the tiramisu.  It tasted pretty standard and nothing stood out about it though.

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The next time I’m at the Water St Cafe, I’ll probably do without the dessert and just stick with a main course.  Their pastas were great but I’ll probably try their non-pasta mains next time just to see how they compare.  I should also note that on my second trip to Water St Cafe, service was extremely slow and they seemed to be quite understaffed despite it being Father’s Day.  I didn’t keep count but it must have taken us at least 20 minutes just to get the bill at the end.

Details:
300 Water Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-689-2832

Summary:
Food: [rating:3.5]
Service: [rating:2] (mostly due to the slow service the second time around)
Price: $$

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