Aphrodite's specializes in a menu made up entirely of organic farm-fresh, in-season ingredients.
A cute homey cafe with yummy pies. We decided to pass on the main course recommendations on the fresh sheet because they weren't that interesting and kind of expensive. Service was attentive and welcoming. We opted for the BLT, the Turkey Pot pie and to finish the meal off, an apple pie. The BLT sandwich consisted of Organic artisan bacon, with organic Cheddar, oven dried organic roma tomatoes, garlic aioli and baby arugula. A good portion, with thick hefty fresh bread and melted cheese. My hubby enjoyed this but thought it could be enhanced with another meat patty. The pot pie was made of local organic turkey, and a blend of organic vegetables in their famous pie crust, served with organic greens. I really enjoyed this dish, but wished the pie portion wasn't so small and actually filled the size of the dish it came in. The pie crust was really good. Finally, of course, we had to try one of their apple pies. Really good. We ended up getting ice cream on the side and that was delicious with the apple pie and yummy pie crust. I wanted more after that. Next time I'm having my own portion and not sharing with anyone! =)
Price-wise it's a bit on the higher side, so I really hope everything in those dishes were indeed all organic; $15 for the BLT, $12 for the Pot pie and $7.25 for the pie plus $2 extra for ice cream. I'd probably go back for the pies but that's all. And if I ever had a large enough party, I'd even think about getting the entire pie for $26. I liked it because it had just the right amount of sweetness that it didn't overpower the pie.
I only ate there once, with a friend of mine. I found the food to be fresh but only OK in flavour, certainly not particularly memorable. Portions are big for what you are paying, so value for money is good. It sure feels good and safe to be eating healthy, but the taste bud keeps wanting more.
Went here for a few years just for pies, and drooled looking at their food. Their dinner menu is pricey as hell, so I decided on brunch. We went for two kinds of benny (one salmon, the other brie, pesto, tomato) with rosemary potatoes and it was delicious.
The pies are unreal and its impossible to be let down by them. Someday I might go for dinner but I don't really want to pay top dollar for what is not (seemingly) haute cuisine food (yes it is organic, but its still a chicken breast).
I had tried Aphrodite's food at an organic catered event a while ago, and wanted to visit their "home turf" for some fresh organic eats. I went in a larger party after I had called earlier in the week to ensure that they could accomodate a larger party. (They said they could.)
I had checked dinehere.ca to check on their reviews, but ignored some of the comments. How bad could the service possibly be?
Ummm...try having a simple salad - fish - pie combo stretch out to nearly three hours!!!
Granted, the restaurant was busy, even on a weekday...but this was ridiculous!!
I do not know what the problem was except maybe that the kitchen was very small (the food took nearly half an hour to arrive, but even then, all the entrees came out five to ten minutes apart!). It took forever for her to come by to take our dessert order, and then a long time for the pie to be served. I cannot explain why this was as the pies were already prepared (you can view them in the other room), and served at room temperature (not warmed up as one would hope). All they had to do was cut the pies and place them on plates.
We sat around staring at each other for about fifteen minutes before she came by to ask us if we needed the bill - "yes!" one of my companions exclaimed. Then she disappeared for a long while before she brought us our bills. We were made to wait again, then provided with change.
The food was fresh and tasty, and definitely one of the healthiest options around town. The pie, aside from being organic, was mediocre at best, to my dismay.
If I were to come again, it would be to lounge (as you have no other options, given the long waits for service) and sample more flavours of pie (chocolate banana cream, apple, or pumpkin). Something to do on a lazy summer weekend, right?
This place... I have no regrets eating here, The ingredients they use is finally what I have been looking for in a lunch and dessert shop. I am very happy this place exists and hope they expand to other locations as well.
Pies are fantastic! They use real ingredients, but if you're the type of person that thinks Safeway has great quality pies then you won't understand nor appreciate the taste and workmanship into these pies.
Only issue I had was our server (her name is June) was very slow and didn't seem to care much except for her red lips ad fingernails. Other than that the rest of the staff were very nice!
I highly recommend this place!
Had lunch at Aphrodites earlier this week. Ordered the large bowl of turkey vegetable soup.
When the server arrived, the soup had spilt over into the plate, onto the bread, into the little butter container and was all over the spoon including the handle.
The server explained that he had "almost tripped" with the soup.
He wanted to know if i "cared" stating that "some people wouldn't care".
I told him i cared and he took the soup away.
He returned with the same bowl of soup complete with spill marks, same soggy bread and same butter but now on a new plate with a clean spoon. The bowl made ring marks on the plate and had cooled down.
Anyways i ate what was left of the soup-it was quite thin and not a lot of veggies and hardly any turkey.
For this they charged $7.95
My friend paid the bill and i don't know if a tip was left or not. I wouldn't have left him a dime.
I emailed in a complaint but never heard back.
A miserable experience-will never go back.
I've *tried* to like this place but the food lacks spark-the menu is stolid not exciting ditto the kitchen skills.
A good place to take an aging hippy auntie but not recommended for lovers of fine food/warm ambiance.
Prices as mentioned are somewhat on the high side, the contrived 'Café' interior more irritating than comforting.
My wife and I went to Aphrodite's for lunch today. We waited in their smoke filled (due to cook burning something) dining area for 35 minutes with a water girl stopping by once. Finally I went up to the front and politely asked when our food would be coming out. The waitress looked annoyed and went into the back and asked the frantic chef when our food would be ready. "I have no idea" he said in an exasperated voice. She returned and basically told me she had no idea and walked off. The younger girl at the till then looked at me like ... why are you still standing here? I told her that I couldn't wait as we were on a lunch break and that she could cancel our order. She replied "what do you mean? You can't do that". My reply was "watch me" and my wife and I got up to leave. She yelled across the restaurant in front of everyone "DON'T COME BACK!". I turned in a relaxed but loud voice and said "Don't worry ... I won't". I walked away shaking my head. We probably spend at least $100 there every month mostly on pie (which is great). I will never go back or bother to write the owner. With staff like that ... I have no interest in giving them any money. I encourage everyone who reads this review to think twice about supporting a place (no matter how good the pie) that treats its customers like that. I don't think it's fair for a restaurant to use under staffing as an excuse to hold me hostage until they are ready to serve me. I think its unforgivable to react that way when I choose to leave. It also makes no business sense ... they just lost constant revenue and earned a critic for life. I can't wait to share this with anyone who will listen.
Waiting is the norm at Aphrodite's. If you have time and good company or you are happy meeting new people, this is no problem. You are rewarded with a small selection of very good food. Try the thin crust pizza or a soup.
Why poor service? You always wait too long even for small things and the highchair for our little one was always dirty. But these are minor things.
What really turned us off and prevents us from coming back was as evening that we wanted to eat something before going out to theater. We arrived there just before a group of 8 people took the table next to us. The waitress was coming to this table 3 times to take orders (when they were still not ready), but ignored us again and again, despite us insisting on ordering. After more than half an hour we could not place an order. Even to get some water took 20 minutes, and it was somebody else than the waitress who was so kind to give us 2 glasses of water (we were 3 people), but, of course, could not take our order either.
So we left, went to a nice and friendly Greek restaurant nearby and will probably never return.
We experienced Aphrodite's for the first time on 10/1/06 and, oh-my-God!! The flavors and love that Chef Camela puts into country-provincial cooking produce an absolutely magical delight! From the first taste of polenta and Chicken Ragout to the last bite of fresh peach pie al-la-mode - all was extraordinary. For food and flavors, we rate Aphrodite's among the top-three restaurants we've ever visited!
I've gone here often, as it is close to my place. The brunches are really good and are what keeps me coming back. I love the creative bennys. The side salads are always tastey with grated beets and carrots and excellent dressing. There are lots of vegetarian choices and they will make modifications for you. Dinner is not as good, in my opinion, and the pie is okay quality but is very overpriced.
We were a party of five here recently. The food was delicious, the service was fun and courteous. The new staff even inquired as to what we thought about items they were unfamiliar with in order to better serve future customers. We all ordered from the 3 course dinner selections and we all had one alcoholic drink each, the bill was outrageous! With tip it cost us $60ea for our dinners, you times that by 5 and well...holy crap! I had a gluten free pie for my third course and my gluten free pie crust kicks butt all over their mealy one. Seriously, mine has the taste and texture of the real flaky thing. As delicious as it was in all honesty my stomach was really growling an hour later. Overall the experience was not perfection but it was also far from awful.
I noticed others are complaining on here about them claiming to be all organic when they are not. I can not speak to that nor do I presently care if my food is all organic. I appreciate that they are making an effort that way but until there are appropriate labeling Laws in place for the organic food market in Canada, it is irrelevant. No one person or restaurant can honestly claim to be consuming or serving all organic unless they grew/raised all their food themselves because, last I checked, the Laws in Canada to do with organic food labeling are not yet honest.
I would return here for lunch or one of their single item menu options but not for the 3 course dinner. That was way too high for my budget!
I came here yesterday, last minute decision to get a slice of pie after going to the beach. The sandwich board said "Peach Pies are here". I ordered a slice to go. The employee was fast, efficient & friendly. The ambiance on this side is like a coffee shop, place to eat pie, a muffin etc. On the other side is where you would get your lunch, dinner. I found the place rustic but cozy & charming. There's not many place in Vancouver like that anymore. It felt that I was going home to have some pie my mother made (although my mother has never baked a pie in her life). The pie was fantastic....fresh peaches (organic imagine) and the crust was so yummy!
I'm looking forward to going back to try their lunch/dinner menu. I forgot to mention their special was to take one piece of pie to go for 15% off. I still had to pay $7.30 for one slice (a little pricey....I know, I know, its organic!)
My husband and I just wanted a light dinner, so split a BLT. The thick slab of organic bacon was fabulous, as was the bread. What a difference real smoking makes as opposed to chemical additives. The salad was also very good.
I agree with other posters that the pie is expensive. We had ours to go, and while it was delicious, there are better values for good pie out there.
When Aphrodite's cafe first opened it was a great place to go for a bite to eat, however now I can't even bring my self to go in for coffee. The food has gone down hill and the service is poor to the point where it becomes frustrating. The last time I went in it took 45 minutes for a bowl of soup, which was stodgy and tasteless. While the establishment is a great concept of being local and organic it really needs improvement.
I really love Aphrodite's. They are famous for their delicious pies but I think one should also highlight the incredible taste and quality of their organic food.
We often forgo quality over price. But I must say, you get what you pay for! What I like about this cafe is that their products are fresh, organic and locally grown. I mean, their pizzas, sandwiches and salads have a homely, healthy taste and look to them.
Not only is the food really healthy, I also like the ambience of Aphrodites. It is a very welcoming and relaxing environment, which makes you want to come back time and time again.
One thing that my health-conscious friends constantly point out when I take them here is the service. They can be a little careless and slow. This needs to improve.
Long-time fan of the pies from this quirky shop but last night was the first time for dinner. I was very impressed with the meal and would recommend. The food is not really four star across the board but the pie is so delicious I bumped it up out of respect to the delicious desserts. I like the use of local and organic produce and the fresh sheet, which changes weekly, allows the menu to remain varied and true to the seasons. In most cases, we got the three-course fixed price – usually cost you between $30-35 – and that gets you a starter, main, and pie. Starters are straight forward; both house soup and salad are fine. The mains tonight were potato crusted salmon with vermouth butter sauce and crispy skin chicken with spatzle and mushroom jus. Both came well prepared, neither protein was dry, and the sauces/jus were rather actually tasty not just an afterthought. The assorted veggies that accompanied were well cooked, clearly individually prepared by type, and extremely fresh. Pie, of course, was extremely delicious. My favourites are the fruit pies with some whipped cream and the fact they have gluten free ones is a nice touch. Regular menu items sampled tonight were also very good and reasonably priced. For three, all in with tip and tax no booze but with drinks (killer homemade blueberry lemonade), it was just over $100. Service isn’t standard setting but the people for the most part are genuine and it was more than acceptable.
For more than $7 a slice, I expected a better slice of pie than the one I had at Aphrodite's. I had the apple pie, and quite honestly, I think my husband can make a way better pie. I kept finding apple seeds in the pie, and little tough pieces of apple peel and core. It was tasty, but didn't 'wow' me.
had the three course dinner recently. Yes, it's a little pricy for the setting which is a funky old place with mismatched tables and chairs. Strange pinatas hanging which we saw a sign for saying that you could have your own pinata made for $300.
The server we had was very warm asking us if we had any questions. This was our second time at the restaurant and service was faster than the last time which was good, but the place was much quieter so there was good reason for this.
You need to remind yourself that it's organic and will definitely remember this when you are served the most wonderful assortment of baby vegetables that you may have never had before. Soup was a little bland, but I loved the freshly baked bread that came with it and added a little salt (which I rarely touch in restaurants as I normally have low sodium meals). The piece of salmon I received hit under the potato crisp but was large and I couldn't finish it all. Of course I was saving room for dessert though.
The pie is delicious, especially the chocolate ones. Chocolate pecan pie is pure decadence!
The washrooms however are hilarious. I don't know how anyone over five foot tall can actually sit down as the toilet is in the middle of the room.
Ideal place for Sunday brunch. Made with fresh local ingredients supplied by nearby organic farms - Diary products from Avalon, Eggs and Chicken from Maple Hill Farm, Seafood and Fish from Ocean Wise certified Deluxe Seafood Vancouver and Organic fair trade coffee from Saltspring Coffee.
Make sure to leave room for desserts - over 14 famous organic pies and cakes to choose from: Apples, Blueberry, Strawberry rhubarb, cherry, chocolate pecan, chocolate banana cream and also wheat and gluten-free alternatives.
For my brunch - I had the Divine Salt Spring Frittata featuring three egg omelet spinach, caramelized red onion, sheep feta cheese. Served with organic greens and house multi grain bread - $13.