It had been quite a while since I last met up with Mildred and Joyce. Mildred reminded me of this fact and decided it was up to me to figure out where we should meet. I walk past Commune Cafe on an almost daily basis when I work downtown so we decided to meet there for our dinner.
Jenkins, Mildred, and I arrived at the same time. The atmosphere at Commune Cafe is pretty casual and we weren’t sure if we should order at the counter or grab a seat. One of the servers noticed our confusion so told us to take a seat anywhere and she’d come by with some menus. We decided to sit at one end of the giant communal table and ordered some wine while we waited for Joyce to arrive.
I was waffling between ordering a dinner sandwich and a salad but I finally decided to go the healthy route and ordered the smoked sablefish, quinoa, cucumber, currants, mint, and lime salad. Size-wise, it was a bit small but since I wasn’t very hungry that day, it was ok for me. The smoked sablefish was delish and provided a nice smoky saltiness to the salad. The quinoa and cucumbers provided a bit of crunch and overall, I liked how all the flavours interacted with one another. As a lunch serving, I think the size would have been good but it was a bit small for dinner.
Jenkins and Mildred decided on the lemon roasted free range chicken with olives, tomatoes, feta, and orzo. Jenkins also felt it was a bit small but overall, he said the orzo was good while the chicken was on the dry side.
Joyce chose the roasted seasonal fish with gremolata butter and white bean onion confit. She noted that it was pretty good but since I didn’t get a chance to try it, I can’t really note how it tasted.
Finally, we were on to dessert. All of Commune Cafe’s desserts are brought in from bakeries and pastry stores from around the city. I decided to have the vanilla orange cheesecake. I couldn’t really taste the orange but the vanilla flavour was very strong, as evidenced by the abundance of vanilla bean seeds you can see in the picture below. It was quite light, which I liked.
Mildred went with the lemon tart and this was definitely the better choice. The lemon curd was tart and not too sweet while the crust itself was actually quite crumbly and buttery.
Although I did enjoy our dinner at Commune Cafe, I did feel that the serving sizes were a bit on the small side for dinner. That being said, I would like to try some of their brunch options as that looked quite tasty. The ingredients were all quite fresh and seemed to be locally sourced and I’d be interested to see how their menu rotates as the season changes.
1002 Seymour Street, Vancouver