The Press Cafe & Panini Factory Outlet is a World's 1st. Our famous panini are toasted while you wait using the "Viva" Panini Grill. Our open kitchen panini assembly can be viewed as you order. All items on the menu are $4 or under! Freshly made Salads, Soups, Muffins, Juice, Latte and of course our famous Panini.
Had a chicken pesto panini and a fruit salad today. The panini...well...one word: Yuck. The bread was dry and the edges of the insides were crusty, the spinach was wet and wilty, leading me to believe that they didn't make it "fresh" as they advertise. This sandwich was at least a day old. Speaking of day old, that fruit salad was mushy and watery and looked as though it'd been cut the day before or something. Again, not the "fresh seasonal fruit" that is advertised.
Service was meh. The front counter girl was unfriendly and awkward, not at all welcoming. She was chatty but it seemed forced, as though she wasn't sure how to converse with another person. Interesting choice for the cafe representative...Along with the ladies working in the back making the sandwiches. Smile once in a while! They looked like they hated their job. Not great for a customer to see when they come in.
The actual cafe itself was cool though. Stainless steel, black, and white. Simple, but unique at the same time.
Overall, not worth the $5 for the sandwich and $3 for the fruit. I could spend less money making it myself at home (the recipe seems pretty simple to copy. Chicken, pesto, mayo, spinach, cheese, foccacia bread), and it would be at least fresh that way, and I wouldn't have to worry about bad customer service. You know what they say: I can't complain about the service because there wasn't any.
I was flicking through the Richmond News this week and came across an article about a panini factory outlet located in Richmond. I love a good panini so off we went (gf and I) in search of a new panini place. It was quite a tough place to find as its in the middle of an industrial area but I noticed some table and chairs outside an industrial unit and it was The Press Cafe and Panini Factory.
We felt a little odd walking in as we did not know what to expect as we really are city folk. - all I could say when I walked in is "WOW" - it actually took a while for me to close my mouth!!!. So you don't look as suprised as me......It is really light and bright with lots of windows, they have this big disco ball spinning around where you order, a whole row of cool looking chrome "work" stools to sit down and eat "counter style" and another area to sit with regular tables and chairs. .
On the food side they have a soup "bar" with I think 4 or maybe 5 soups and then a whole run of fridges full with all the freshly made paninis, salads, lemonade etc - They have maybe 15 flavours of panini to choose from and all the panini are one price - $4.00 each!
It was busy when we went in, with people walking around with these numbered spatulas and waiting for their number to be called - very cool - everyone seemed like a regular but us.
So I decided to order the Roast Lamb and Orzo soup and a Tandoori Chicken Panini. My gf had the Butter Chicken soup and the Chicken and roasted red pepper panini. The total for the TWO of us including a drink each was $12.60 TAX IN!!! We were then given these numbered spatulas which when the panini was ready they would call that number. The anticipation was pretty exciting. We waited a couple of minutes and our numbers were called. The panini came simply wrapped in checkered paper. The soups came with a big bag of fresh bread ends and a spoon in the bag.
So the verdict - OMG - amazing!!!!!!!!!. Perfectly seasoned soups , perfectly toasted panini with fillings to die for.
Overall I have to say that they have great fresh food at a great price with good music and the place is immaculately clean - why can't anyone else do that ? I will recommend this place to all my friends.
I used to work in a business park really close to Press Cafe. Unfortunately it took me 18 months to discover this little gem. This place is perfect for lunch. The roasted lamb panini is unbelievable. Paninis are always fresh. The baked potato soup is outstanding. And the prices are unreal. Service is quick and friendly. We even used their catering services for a couple of our meetings. They delivered right on time and everyone just raved about the paninis. Really not what you would expect from a cafe in a business park. Highly recommended.
I recently started a new job in Richmond, in an office behind Ironwood Plaza. After about a week of getting acquainted with my new colleagues and the surrounding area, I heard a little rumour about a little cafe down the street from my office that serves really great grilled sandwiches and home-made soups. I decided to check it out for myself, and IT WAS FABULOUS! The Press Cafe & Panini Factory is an obscure little place, with very little glitz on the outside, but did it ever blow my mind when I walked through the door! It's so cute! The food was delicious! I had a grilled baguette called The Skinny Italian, which is basically a bocconcini and tomato sandwich, but I swear it was one of the best ones I've ever had! The soups looked absolutely delicious as well. The sandwich (which was a mere $5!) was more than enough to satisfy my hunger, but I had a taste of their "Serious Mushroom" soup, and I fell in love! I fell in love with the whole place. It's clean, the service is great and the owner is as friendly as you can get! It has now become my regular lunch place. Don't believe me?? Try it for yourself!! You won't regret it!
I was getting my car fixed the other day, and asked if there was a place nearby where I could grab a quick lunch. I was told to run across the street to The Press Cafe...It was really good!!! I had a spinach salad, a roasted lamb panini & a fresh lemonade for under $10! I couldn't believe how delicious it was!!! Hope to go again soon!
My wife and I grabbed a quick lunch from here very recently. Not a good experience. First of all, the service was horrible. The lady with the short brown hair must have been having a bad day or something because she was rude and impatient. When my wife was trying to decide what to order, the lady made this face at her like "hurry up lady!" She had no patience for us. We took our paninis and soups to go and began eating in the car. I took one bite of my panini and had to spit it out due to something inside of it that I didn't enjoy. I threw away the panini and ate my soup which was ok. My wife didn't like her soup, said it tasted old and cold. At that point, we were already home and too far to go all the way back and complain. Ambiance of the place is ok, nothing special. Sorry to say we won't be back to The Press Cafe and won't recommend it to our friends.
It is in an obscure place but they are like a wholesaler that sells to coffee shops around town. They also have a retail cafe. The selection of pannini's is excellent and its very fresh. Whenever I am in the area I stop by. I highly recommend this place for being delicious and fresh--plus excellent value.
I was in Richmond to get my car repaired and the repair shop suggested to wait at the cafe across the road. I was expecting the typical greasy spoon that you normally find in industrial areas, what a shock! Totally clean, not greasy, good music, no TV, great coffee, for a dollar! They had magazines to read, and the best tasting soup and sandwhich combo I have ever eaten for 5 bucks! It appears that they make everything there, you can see them making it all in front of you. I might have to go back before I need my car fixed again
I work for an elevator company in Richmond. While driving to work through my industrial park I noticed a new "Cafe" had opened. So for lunch I decided to try it out.... and I am so happy I did. It is billed as the World's 1st Panini factory outlet and I guess it is. This place makes paninis for cafes all over Vancouver and they certainly know how to do it. They have a selection of about a dozen different flavours of panini every day - so far I have had the Moroccan Lamb a Roast lamb and a Chicken and Pesto. I saw them cooking the chicken and making the Pesto right there in the open kitchen so I know it was made there - and so delicious. They also have four soups on every day, different salads, muffins, coffee and juices. It is without doubt the best "Industrial" cafe I have ever been to cannot believe its in Richmond and 1 min from work. It is like you walk into another world. Cool jazzy music, bright, clean, almost something you would find in New York. They have these massive chalk boards with the menu and the most EXPENSIVE thing is $4.00!!!!! YES $4.00. I think I died and went to heaven! I asked the owners why so cheap and they replied - It's a factory outlet - who wants to pay full retail? No answer from me, just incase they put the prices up. It has only been open a few weeks and already the line ups are getting a little longer at lunch - so if you want, what I think is the best deal and the best food in Richmond - or maybe the lower mainland you may want to try it yourself. It's hard to find but well worth the trip.