Cactus Club Cafe is a foodie icon in Vancouver. Led by Chef Rob Feenie, Canada’s first Iron Chef, this is THE place to be on a sunny Friday afternoon for lunch.
Which my friend Tamara and I discovered when we got together for food downtown on Burrard Street. Crazy busy! Thankfully the wait was just 15 minutes before we got a table on their enclosed and heated patio.
If we were there for dinner I would have ordered the signature dish butternut squash ravioli with prawns which I had when I first came back to Vancouver. Unbelievably delicious.
For lunch though I wanted to get the short rib sandwich with caramelized onions, beef jus, Emmental cheese on toasted sourdough. I also got the sweet potato fries that were served with a lovely dill aioli.
Tamara got the grilled tuna club (hold the bacon) prepared with rare-seared albacore, tarragon tartar, bacon, cilantro and pickled ginger, served on a ciabatta bun.
Our food was astoundingly delicious! My sandwich melted in my mouth and Tamara was thrilled with her tuna club.
I had been to the restaurant’s Coal Harbour location but the one on Burrard was new to me. I made sure to use the facilities before I left so I could sneak some photographs. By then the restaurant was less busy (yes, that is LESS busy than when we arrived) and huge.
I had to climb quite the flight of stairs and then walk all the way back to the other end of the restaurant to use the washroom. I was happy to see that there is an elevator available for those with mobility issues.
This was a first for me, getting to use an “exotic foot flush” in the bathroom! And there was a TV screen showing sports.
Cactus Club Cafe always has good food and our service was great. In fact if you told me our server was Ryan Reynolds’ younger brother, I would believe you. He was training another server and everyone was quite lovely.
I am so glad I could introduce my friend Tamara to such an important and influential Vancouver restaurant during her quick stay in Vancouver. I think it ended up being the perfect choice.