Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vancouver: Cactus Club Cafe


A few of my foodie friends think they’re so much “better” than chain dining. I smile and think to myself, you’re an idiot. Good food is everywhere and while some big box restaurants deserve the bad rep, others don’t.

Cactus Club Cafe is the Kobe Bryant of casual fine dining chains - skill, charisma, and consistent follow-through. 
CCC participates in the Vancouver Aquarium’s OceanWise program using local seafood.  They also serve Alberta Certified Angus beef and support their local suppliers and merchants. How many restaurant groups do you know that demonstrate that level of commitment.

They beat out other chains due to the simple fact that whoever is running the show has impeccable taste. From the cocktails on the menu to the staff in its kitchen, these people know what they’re doing. They even brought on board Canada’s only Iron Chef, Rob Feenie, to lead their culinary vision. The Ash Street location houses their state-of-the-art testing facility where Feenie and other Food Concept Architects get together and get buck in the kitchen. 

There is a CCC in just about every neighborhood in Vancouver. Walk, skip, jump, drive, skytrain, whatever, just get to one.

Faves: Ravioli + Prawn Trio, Dry Ribs, BBQ Duck Clubhouse, Hunter Chicken and Pistachio-Crusted Halibut.

Cactus Club Cafe (Broadway & Granville) on Urbanspoon

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