Review: Bel Cafe

by gigi on March 6, 2012

It had been a while since I last met up with Kiyo and a few others from school. We had a dim sum lunch all planned out and for one reason or another, people ended up not being able to make it and it turned out to be just me and Kiyo left. Rather than going to dim sum with just two of us, we decided to do something else for lunch instead. I had really wanted to check out Bel Cafe and since Kiyo had never been there either, we decided to meet there for lunch.

We arrived shortly after noon and although it was bustling inside, we were able to snag a table from a group who was just leaving. We decided to order a couple of sandwiches to split and luckily for us, Darren happened to be dining there as well and he gave us a couple of recommendations to try out. The spiced pulled chicken sounded interesting so that was the first sandwich we ordered. The sandwich came on some toasted ciabatta and was only slightly spicy with some lettuce, peppers, caramalized onions, and provolone cheese. I liked the non greasy but crispy exterior of the sandwich and the sweetness of the onions actually went quite well with spicy chicken.

Bel Cafe

Of the two sandwiches, I liked the roasted berkshire pork sandwich more. The pork was flavourful and tender, which contrasted really well with the crunchy red cabbage and tangy house mustard. The menu indicated that there was jalapeno in the sandwich but it was really quite mild overall. I’m not sure if it was the mustard flavour that I picked up but the cabbage seemed to be slightly pickled as well. Both sandwiches came with a lightly tossed green salad with a very mild vinaigrette and some gerkins.

Bel Cafe

Although really tasty, the sandwiches were a tad small and both of us were quite hungry that day so we also indulged in some dessert. As a huge lemon dessert fan, I was really intrigued by the double lemon tart and Kiyo decided to try the same. This was one of the best lemon tarts I’ve ever had, with a deliciously crispy but not-too-sweet crust which surrounded a smooth, tangy, and very lemony filling. The lemon flavour was tart but slightly sweet, which leads me to think that Meyer lemons may have been used. If you are a lemon fan, this is definitely a must try.

Bel Cafe

Bel Cafe is a great little cafe with a wonderful selection of lunch options. I’ve been back quite a few times to try their hot chocolate selections during the recent Hot Chocolate Festival and thoroughly enjoyed each weekly hot chocolate offering they had. I definitely want to come back to try some more sandwiches as well as their delicious selection of pastries and macarons.

Details:
801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver 
Tel: 604-673-7000

Summary:
Food: ★★★★☆
Service: ★★★½☆
Price: $$

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

pick March 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

that looks super yummy! i’ve only been going to hawksworth, but i guess bel cafe would be a good place to try… especially since i’m at robson square all the time for school!

gigi March 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

pick – Let me know when you go! Perhaps we can meet up :)

Angela March 7, 2012 at 12:10 am

I was here a few weeks ago for lunch and agree that both sandwiches are delicious! I liked the macarons; vanilla was my favourite, but the rose macaron had a surprisingly strong rose scent and flavour that stood out, imo. I love all things lemon, so I’m definitely going to give the double lemon tart a try next time I’m there.

gigi March 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

Angela – I have yet to try the macarons but I heard they’re really good at Bel Cafe! Thanks for the suggestions…will need to try it the next time I’m nearby. I definitely recommend the lemon tart :)

snoopy March 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm

In my opinion (though I’m no macaron expert), these macarons are much better than those at Thierry. I found with theirs, you could not distinguish between the different varieties. At Bel Cafe, the flavours are strong and distinct. I also loved the rosewater macaron, but I’m a sucker for that flavour :)

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