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Crave on Main closing

I was surprised to see their sign board out today saying its last day will be September 29. It was always a dependable, affordable choice on Main St. and the back patio was great in warm weather.

From their website:
Closing September 29
We are sad to announce that crave will close it's doors on September 29. It has been an incredible 7 1/2 years.

The site where the restaurant sits will be redeveloped in the near future and we are no longer able to secure a lease.

The staff and owners would like to thank all of our loyal customers. The neighbourhood embraced us early on and kept us going through a recession, HST, changes to the drinking and driving laws, a small fire and everything else that happened over the years. THANK YOU!

No news on a new location....but you never know.....

Sep 13, 2013
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Authentic Chinese downtown Vancouver

For casual eats, The Boss in Chinatown is a HK cafe/bakery that's popular with local Chinese.

Jul 05, 2013
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to find a leafy, shady patio for lunch in Vancouver?

Seasons in the Park at QE Park is one of my faves. Nice shaded areas on patio and amazing views of the city on a clear day. The food is solid, as is the service.

Jul 05, 2013
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Slider buns - where ?

I saw some at Whole Foods yesterday. They were from La Baguette & l'Échalote bakery. I think there were 12 in a bag and priced around $4-5.

Mar 22, 2013
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Bacchus or Fairmont for afternoon tea?

Just had afternoon tea at the Fairmont on the weekend. Although the room is nice, it's very busy at the hotel on a Saturday. There's a bustle with people coming and going, tourists, shoppers, guests for weddings etc. It's definitely not a calm, peaceful atmosphere.

I found the service at the Fairmont really lacking. After being seated, it was a full 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged our table. I told the waiter that we had noted in our reservation that one of our guests was a vegan. I had an excellent email exchange with their reservations/guest services person a few weeks before who said they'd happily provide a vegan selection. But when I reminded the waiter, he blankly said "It might be noted somewhere, but I didn't see it." Anyway, it wasn't a problem. They made some vegan sandwiches (basically just veggies atop bread. My friend said they could have used some hummus or some sort of spread on them to up the flavour and moisture a bit), and instead of petit fours, there were a couple slices of a fudge cake. So there was no variety at all in terms of vegan sweets. The regular tea was fine. Pretty standard, nothing outstanding. The scones were good. They took a really long time to bring out the food as well. That was okay because we were there to chat, but it was so long that you really started to notice it. We arrived for a 4pm tea and didn't leave until 6:30 pm. So no worries about being rushed out because the service is very slow. For $38 pp, I feel like there are better teas with way better service in the city. Secret Garden's tea spread is superior for sure.

Mar 10, 2013
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Last Crumb

I went about a month after it opened. It's a really bright, spacious cafe, nice decor, but have to say I was not impressed by the food. I shared a scone, cookie and a slice of pie with friends. The cheese scone was quite dry and crumbly. The cookie was an oatmeal one and it was dense and hard. The pie (banana chocolate cream) was the best of the items with a decent crust and filling. Didn't think the food was worth the prices they charge. On top of that, the display cases were almost empty. It was still early afternoon and it felt like everything was picked over. Not sure if they're better at keeping things stocked now.

Jan 28, 2013
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Parents are coming to town! where should we go!?

Cafeteria at Main and 11th. The food is excellent and it's casual but nice. They rotate five appetizers, mains and desserts daily (or every few days). There's a $36 deal for three courses.

Other ideas: Pizza/pasta at Campagnolo at Main and Terminal. Sandbar at Granville Island. Les Faux Bourgeois at Kingsway/Fraser for French bistro food. Grub at Main & 28th for "regular" food. Cardero's on Coal Harbour.

Apr 15, 2012
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sushi party trays in Vancouver

I've ordered trays from Ogenki on Main, and the quality is decent for the price. But the last time I ordered a tray, they did not give it to me in a standard sushi display tray, but rather just stuck it all in styrofoam boxes. Not sure if you have to ask for a tray, if they charge for it, or if they have just stopped using them.

Fujiya does catering: http://www.fujiya.ca/Commerce.Web/pro...

Apr 12, 2012
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Afternoon tea at VanDusen Garden

Perfect, thanks. Everything I needed to know.

Apr 11, 2012
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

what do you buy at Whole Foods?

No Frills actually carries Daiya vegan cheese. It's regularly priced at around $4.99 there. Not sure how than compares to WF, but you'd think No Frills would try to beat WF's price.

Apr 11, 2012
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Afternoon tea at VanDusen Garden

Anyone tried the tea service at VanDusen's Truffles Cafe yet? It's $28 for 2 people or $50 for 4 people which seems really inexpensive compared to the afternoon tea prices at other places in the city. Just wondering about the quality of the food and the ambience of the room. I take it that Truffles is more of a coffee shop than a restaurant. And what do you do if you have 3 guests or 5 guests? Not much info on their website.

Apr 10, 2012
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

what do you buy at Whole Foods?

-smoked salmon trim pieces
-the lemon or chocolate single-layer cakes ($12.99 for a round one or $15.99 for a sheet cake)
-bread from Bread Affair or Terra (the bakery counter will slice it for you)
-dessert from their bakery if I want a special treat or if I'm taking something to someone's home
-Island Farms milk
-yogurt when it's on sale (Liberte, Olympic)
-49th Parallel coffee

Apr 10, 2012
watashi in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)