Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Acme Cafe - worth a visit


Acme Cafe

51 W Hastings St, Vancouver (map)

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Food: 3.5
Service: 3.5
Price: Fair

Acme Cafe has been on my "To-Try" list for way too long. So I finally decided to head that way, even though it wasn't really convenient. At first I thought it was close to Waterfront station, but then it turned out to be about 2 blocks away from Stadium station instead. :(

Acme cafe is located on Hasting street, and it is literally the last shop before the typically Chinatown scene hits. The shop itself was quite spacious and bright, and it had an upscale diner feel to it (especially with the diner bar type setting).

Since R love eggs, he went for the daily quiche with soup and salad for $9.50. The soup of the day was tomato and endive soup. It was really hearty and chunky. Although I am not a fan of tomato soup, this one was not bad. The flavor was smooth without being too acidic, and the vegetables tasted fresh. Neither R nor I was a fan of the salad, it was rather bitter. However this was all made up for by this lovely smoke salmon/pea quiche. To quote R: "this is the best quiche I've ever tried." The quiche had a special crust on top, thus it added a whole new texture when biting into the flavorful salmon/egg filling. The richness not only came from the almost undercooked eggs, but also from the Swiss cheese they mixed in. Initially R thought the price was a bit high, but now he believes it's totally justified.

For myself, I ordered the High-falutin's Grill Cheese sandwich with almond broccoli coleslaw and chips ($11). The sandwich was made with cheddar, swiss, brie, cranberry-Grand Marnier relish. I loved this mixture of cheese, and the sweet yet slightly tart cranberry relish. However I wasn't too fond of the Ciabatta bun, because they really pressed down when grilling it, thus the bread was extremely hard and crunchy. I would have preferred a more crispy yet slight soft type grilled bread. Also because of the multiple cheeses they used, this sandwich was a bit greasy to the touch. On the other hand the almond coleslaw really stood out, because they used almond slivers instead of slice, so it really enhanced the flavor and texture of the coleslaw.

Although we were full from our entrees, but I just couldn't pass up on dessert. It seems their dessert changes from day to day, so you will just have to ask when ordering. For our dessert, we went for the Apple Crumble (~$4.75). They used chunky apples for the filling, thus it wasn't mushy at all, in fact I though it was a bit too hard. The apple was rather tart, but it was balanced out nicely by the sweet 'crumble' on top. The side scoop of vanilla ice-cream was $0.75 extra, but I think it fail to serve it's purpose, because the apple crisp was served cold. Vanilla ice cream is only good with warm desserts (IMO).

In general, I love this rather new cafe, it just give off a different feel from other typical sandwich shops. Prices here are not exactly cheap, consider I just paid $11 for a sandwich. However I would still recommended it, because I love the relax feel, the good service and most of all the good food.


R April 14, 2011 at 9:21 AM

The crust was just the egg, and it's crispy and aromatic.
I actually like it better than those pie shell quiche.
The ACME quiche is great, but I kinda wish it could be bigger..ha

K April 14, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Food looks yummy! When did u go there? My workplace is "that" close to it :) It is becoming a really awesome neighborhood there! I agree that the sandwiches aren't cheap, that's why I have yet to try them! hehe..

Amy T April 16, 2011 at 3:29 AM

oh, I've passed by this place a few times and this is not what I imagined it would look inside!! nice!

Jenny April 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

@ R: Me too :)

@ K: I went at least 2 weeks ago on a Sunday. If you work so close, definitely give this place a try, it's worth it.

@ Amy T: yeah, the area is certainly a bit odd, but this place deserves a visit.

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