Cafe de Waraku is a Japanese style pasta house in Richmond.
Business hours are 11am to 10pm except on Tuesdays which are 5pm to 10pm.
I'm always here. I have tried a lot of their cakes & sometimes I just repeat the same cakes because I'm afraid to try something new. I love the Lavender & Rose cheesecakes. The ones made with brownies are pretty good too. The lighter, Japanese style cheesecakes taste like mousse, which I don't like. And the mochaccino cake is the best cake in Vancouver to get at night. Every bakery that opens at night cannot compare and I know my cakes.
for the first time, I decided to try the pasta. I usually really love Aoyama, which serves the same Japanese style pasta. But this place only serves pasta & omurice, whereas Aoyama has other options. Sadly, I will never eat anything other than cake here. I had a regular pasta and it was tasteless. I could've thrown this together at home with like salt only. The chicken was subway chicken, which is terrible. It looks dehydrated & rehydrated. It's bubbly, chewy, and does not flake like real chicken does. My bf made the mistake of ordering the same thing. The mushrooms taste either dried (but that's not possible since it's super expensive) or pre-cut days/weeks ago. The garlic sauce was not much better. My bf basically described the pasta as all prepared separated & tossed together after all cooked. Nothing blended together. The chicken& mushrooms had no garlic taste. The asparagus was done well but was really cheap. It was sliced so thinly, I barely saw any flowers/heads. They were probably mostly stalks. Good asparagus should be kept whole and just sliced width-wise. Sorry, but please keep the cakes good! the service is usually very good and food came quickly. but quickness was unnecessary since more time is needed to prepare the food. The lights are too bright if they want to create a romantic atmosphere.
I was a bit reluctant to try this place after reading reviews about it being bland but after having tried their food several times I think I've been sold.
Their menu is quite simple but interesting because of all the unique combinations available. You can choose to have your pasta sauce white creamy, tomato creamy, tomato, or meat based and you can choose from either spaghetti or penne pasta. If you choose just the pasta dish it is around $6-$8 or you can "combo" it for $4 extra which includes the daily soup (which is always the garden vegetable), your choice of ceaser/green salad, and garlic toast. The combo isn't actually that great of a value because I'm pretty sure the soup is from a can, the salads are teeny and use very cheap ingredients, and the toast is just toast.
Anyways, I've tried their creamy chicken and mushroom and bacon and potato which are both really tasty. They claim "no MSG" (but I think more people should be aware that this is not synonymous with no additives - sometimes MSG and/or salt is included anyway but just named something else like "spice"). Their cream sauce was excellent because it was light but still flavourful but not totally overpowering - don't expect a heavy alfredo or anything. The pasta is cooked to absolute perfection! Perfect texture. I don't particularly like the taste of the seaweed garnish and the chicken they use is kind of questionable but other than that the ingredients are quite fresh. Lots of mushroom but it can be overpowering. I didn't really enjoy their feature garlic littleneck clam pasta however because there was no sauce - just oil, garlic and broth, but my bf seemed to like it. Their creamy tomato sauce is also surprisingly tasty too.
Choose from their "homemade" dessert and not their "premium" desserts - those premium cakes are the ones that you always see that are massively produced and shipped to every coffee shop white spot old spaghetti restaurant...they are previously frozen for ages and tasteless no matter what flavour you get (trust me I would know!). Their homemade desserts are really good though - I had the mango mousse and the mango cheesecake and I would have to say I like the cheesecake better it's got a great texture and taste.
Food aside...let's talk about the service! TERRIBLE! No more than 2 servers on at a time so when it's busy it gets really sloppy. Food comes out inconsistently, I noticed one time that by the time the last person got their food at this one big party's table, the rest of the people were already finished their meal. The servers really need to be more conscious of their tables because a lot of the time empty dirty dishes are just sitting out front and they don't bother clearing it before putting dessert down. The only time I felt like I got personable service was when this man seated us and took our orders, but I've also spotted him in the kitchen so I suspect he may be the owner.
Anyway, l will most likely be returning to this place again to try some other flavours and because it is a pretty good value for the quality of the food I am getting.
The pasta was alright and the drinks were really good and cheap during lunch time. I really enjoyed the experience until AFTER leaving the restaurant. I paid a 12% tip for the waiter who was nice, but as a group of 4, we didn't have enough change and paid just enough for the food, tax, and 5% tip. The owner chased after us for a block and started demanding more tip for his waiter, saying "the waiter has a wife and 2 kids". I've never experienced this before. I also remembered the owner counting our money before we even left our seats. So unprofessional. Yes, the waiter deserved that extra $2-3 but in my opinion, chasing us for it was extremely uncalled for.
I had noticed this place a while back, but never tried it until a month or so ago. After that, I've come back several times to have their delicious pasta. Their menu is quite diverse with mainly three categories: tomato sauce, cream sauce and creamy tomato sauce. There is also some specialty pastas as well (e.g. Japanese style eel with egg pasta). I've tried a few of them, Deluxe /w Cheese, Eel with Egg and Chicken with Mushrooms. All were very well made; the pasta was al dente, sauce was flavorful and they don't use MSG (monosodium glutamate).
Their desserts are also very interesting, because they are all "homemade" (as opposed to buying them from another cake/pastry chain) and there are many flavors. Some of these flavors include New York cheesecake, tiramisu, durian mousse cake, hazelnut coffee mousse cake and mango mousse cake. I've tried all of these and I can tell you they are fresh and tasty.
I didn't expect much of a small place, but was pleasantly surprised with the high quality of the food. The service wasn't top-notch and I don't blame them, because it seems the staff are fairly new. It seems several of the owners work at the front or in the kitchen, which is always a good sign. I would definitely recommend this place if you're looking for good prices for high quality pasta.
A quiet Thursday night, I went with 2 friends that have eaten many pasta houses to this newly opened pasta house, and we were not disappointed.
This is a little place with not many seats, and maybe because it's thursday and this place just opened for 3 weeks, there were not many people.
The pasta portions are large compared to some pasta houses they have eaten. They claim no MSG's and only uses olive oil. I ordered the deluxe pasta, and it's filled with sausages, meatballs, and bacon, baked with cheese. And yes, it's not heavy flavour, but enough that I enjoy the pasta. My friend said the same thing with their tomato crab ( or shrimp? ) pasta. Their clam chowder is creamy and full of flavour, and you can actually find some clam meat in there.
The service is awesome, too. Chef came and ask us about our opinions, and the server was friendly and everything.
Pricing i do not have a good sense, but it's ~$7 per serving, and you can combo up for $11 with the chowder, caesae salad, and garlic toast.
This is definitely one pasta house I will go back for more, and bring friends
The food there was good value and tasty. The staffs were very friendly and attentive. I have ordered a cream sauce smoke salmon and spinach spaghetti. From my experience, the cream sauce is normally very heavy as in the most of the restaurants. However, the cream sauce here is very tasty but surprisingly light. It was amazing. I would say the cream sauce there is by far the best I have had. The smoke salmon was very tasty but not too salty (it still salty as it’s the nature of smoke salmon). I bet the chef must have spent some time on it to make it not too salty. The pasta was perfectly done too (not too soft, not too hard).
My husband loves to try new stuff all the time. So he had ordered an original eel and egg spaghetti since this type of pasta is quite new to us. The presentation was beautiful and the taste was impressed. The chef used some sort of Japanese sauce to stir fry the spaghetti and topped with some seaweed. Even it was stir-fried spaghetti, the dish as a whole was not dry. The eel was juicy and tasty. He enjoyed the dish a lot!
When we finished our main courses we were quite full but still wanted to try out their dessert cake. So we just order a Mango New York cheesecake and share. The cake was just another wonderful dish that I would never forget. The cheesecake was rich, the mango flavour was strong, and the sweetness was just about right. The texture was very creamy and smooth. It was just a great meal. I'm getting hungry just writing this! We will recommend this restaurant to my friends and will definitely go there again!
I ordered an asparagus and scallop pasta. It looks like they only served one or two scallops and sliced it into many pieces. Took half an asparagus and Julienne that one half. They used very little or no olive oil so the dish was watery. Very bland and no taste. My friends said their pasta dishes tasted like it came from a package. I don't know if that is true or not. If I wanted to eat bland and boring food, then I should have cooked at home.
Service was decent. Still needs attention though.
My opinion is very different from the previous one...
I find the portions on the small side... They show pictures of their pasta dishes on a TV screen in the restaurant, but the real thing looks nothing like the picture. That's somewhat expected, but the real thing is way smaller.
Also, yes I know they're selling no MSG and "healthy" cooking, but that's really no excuse for the basically tasteless pasta.
It tastes more like amateur cooking, something anyone could cook up in their kitchen. I would definitely not be willing to spend at least 7$ for a dish that tastes worse than family cooking.