With sleuth of competing chain cafes popping up in every corner, it is absurd that finding a satisfying taste in those cups that contains more than a just jitter is a such a difficult task. But for a chain coffee shop, Sciue knows how to pull a good espresso shots that is full of aroma and strong body.
Also famed are their pizzas. Price can be very steep. Customers are asked to pay by the weight, and making selection can be like visiting your butcher. You choose, point, they glance to ask, cut and weigh. It's a definite splurge for delightful lunch or some pizza are light in taste enough to be a brunch. Ingredients are fresh, crusts are more thinner than your average idea of pizza, and the melodies of flavour(though it's only a pizza) is sophisticated enough to demand more bucks for it's name.
Dessert in comparison is very disappointing. With espresso's such richness and simple, cleanliness of pizza, dessert falls flat. It tastes as a regular super market dessert full of sugar, period. It would be nice for the place to pay as much attention and detail in making their own dessert but I suspect that it is indeed external bought.
It may be that it is not my usual crowd, but the place is typical of Yaletown ambiance. It is clean, bright, well designed. The description is not to be demeaning, but to be more factual or creating awareness for future visits made by others. It is different from your neighborhood starbucks.(as for some food and coffee).
Service is neither warm nor hostile. Rather, the perfect description would be 'professional'. There may be a smile here or there, but so far visits remain such. Is it worth a visit? For one of those afternoons when you are seeking some comfort taste of a complex espressos or to spoil your taste bud while fooling your mind('it's ok, it's just a pizza'), Sciue is a proven to be an answer to it all.