Aphrodite's specializes in a menu made up entirely of organic farm-fresh, in-season ingredients.
Well, this used to be our favorite restaurant, but because of an incident that happened today we will have to keep searching for a favorite. We stopped in today as it was my mother's birthday, and since we only eat organic food, this restaurant is a no brainer. Considering all the food is organic, the prices are amazing for what you get. The reason we were so disappointed today is because within fifteen minutes of finishing our peach pie (which was amazing!) we were flat out asked to leave. Some woman with long red hair comes over to our table and says that since there was a table of five waiting, she had to ask us to leave. The conversation went like this:
Her: "I'm sorry but we have a table of five we need to sit."
Me: "Tell them to wait" (what you ordinarily do when you come to a restaurant that is full)
Her: "Ummmm they've already been waiting fifteen minutes" (oh no! The poor babies! Are they going to be ok?)
Me: "Tell them to wait longer."
Her: "Yeah I guess I could do that, but...."
The attitude was dripping off of every word, like she actually felt justified asking us to leave. She had no clue how out of line she was. Amazing. Either the place does not know how to train staff, or it is so amazingly successful that they can treat customers however they want. I have been in the service industry for years, and would have been fired on the spot in any place I had worked if A) I had told people to leave as soon as they were done, and B) if I had given them as much attitude as this woman gave to me. It's hard because being one of the only organic restaurants in Vancouver, I guess they can treat people however they want, because where else are we going to go? So beware people, upon entering this restaurant, the minute you are no longer going to give them money, you will be asked to leave. We were each going to get a hot chocolate (hello owners, that would have been 15 more dollars for you) and were going to return for my brothers birthday next week (again, 150 dollars owners) but your staff prevented us doing so.
I went to this restaurant for the first time today, and I was beyond impressed. First off, the menu is if not all, then mostly organic. For those of us that choose to avoid eating pesticides and chemicals this is a HUGE plus. The ambiance is a little... rustic but charming none the less. The service was friendly and helpful, and I don't know why anyone would say their menu is overpriced (although we did just go for lunch. Maybe their dinner menu is a lot more expensive?). We found the prices and portions to be very reasonable, when you consider the quality of ingredients they use. I suppose some people are used to eating cheap food at cheap restaurants, and don't understand the cost associated with eating 100% organic. Now, the food-
We had the lentil soup-4$ - Very tasty, and it came with a big slice of organic bread with organic butter.
The stuffed french toast-13$- two HUGE sliced stuffed with raspberries and cream cheese. Served with whipped cream and real maple syrup. Absolutely delicious!
The Spanish banks breakfast burrito-12$- came with fresh salsa and spinach, as well as a big pile of potatoes and a large salad. The portion was so big we had to take half of it home
The bbq chicken wrap- 14$- large portion of organic chicken, also came with the potatoes and salad. My husband Said it was one of the best meals we've eaten out.
Personally, I sort of enjoy the casual attitude of the place with the restaurant jammed into the three shop fronts. So with soups with a wide variety of vegetables, and the 10 different fruits/vegetables I found in my entree, I am impressed by flavours and the overall concept of the place. Unlike most restaurants that hide greenery in cream or pointless salads, you taste a daikon or beetroot for what it really is with just a perfect accompanying sauce. But then there is disappointment. I ordered an almond crusted halibut and having a few almonds bashed once to get a strange combination of almond dust and whole almonds and throwing it on the center of the fish is not almond crusted. With a halibut that was so overcooked and rubbery that it was no better than frozen precooked stuff and salt seasoning that seemed to be concentrated all at the center of the fish, all I can suggest is stick with vegetables and bread. And all I can say about the pies is that while they are ok, it’s a pie. At more than 7$ no matter how good, you sort of know that it is not going to be worth it. But overall, great concept, great flavour (except for the fish), but too pricy for what you get.
Free range eggs benedict with fresh, lemony hollandaise and sauteed organic spinach, crispy organic home fries and a bed of mixed local organic greens. $18. worth every cent. There are just some things I'm willing to pay more for. Probably the best breakfast I've had in Vancouver. Everyone in our group had an outstanding meal. Followed by warm rhubarb pie and vanilla ice cream. Our server was efficient and friendly. I'm glad we got there when we did - around 10:15am on a Sunday - by the time we left, it was packed and the kitchen was getting slammed. Standing on the street waiting -that probably would have impacted our experience. I suspect the key is to dine at off-peak hours. Cheers.
I keep trying to like the main courses at A's, but although they're okay, they're never as great as they sound. A little boring, actually. I understand that their prices are higher b/c they use local and organic ingredients, but it's not worth it if the food doesn't taste like much. The pie, however, is fantastic - some of the best we've had.
Great place to go for a high quality brunch. Delicious benny's and specials. I had a fantastic egg special with lovely Hollandaise. Their house baked bread is unbelievably good same goes for the muffins.
Despite the unfortunate (though not untrue) reputation for service, Aphrodite's was instantly one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Why? Their attention to local, organic, and fresh food. That's the main focus for me: good food- and they've got it. Last time I was there I had the turkey pot pie with a lovely garden salad that included farm-fresh radishes and a beautiful assortment of greens. My date had a tangy tomato borscht and the wild salmon burger. Their pies are expertly made and they have great coffee. The food is definitely quality cafe fare- sandwiches, homemade soups, pizza, etc, except for the salmon benny at brunch and their dinner special entrees which are a bit more bistro.
It is truly unfortunate, though, that of the three times I've gone there, the service staff have been disgruntled. Though I've never felt 'abused' by a server there, I am uncomfortable and perplexed in situations where the server's disposition makes me feel guilty for asking for the cappuccino I ordered half an hour ago. Good, socially-conscious food should breed positivity. I don't mean corporate bubbliness- I mean an ease of communication and a pleasurable atmosphere that allows for an occasional bad or grumpy day. It's human. But a bad day every time is questionable. So I need to ask- is the food ethical while the service staff aren't being paid fairly? Are the servers overworked because there are no bussers? Or does management just hire cranky servers? What is going on?
I want to go to this cafe more often. Two things are stopping me: the first we can guess. The second is that quality organic food costs more money. While I believe that it's worth it, it's just not something a student can afford very often.
The neighbour and gustatory equivalent of Banyen Books. Bakery of the same name on the other side. Has the required spiritual ambience, the food is good and of course natural - but you 'll pay for it!
Service is the worse I've seen in Vancouver. This is the second time I need to leave because after 15 minutes nobody brings even the menu.
What is strange is the fact that after I arrived at least two groups of customers arrived and were served before me. Maybe you need to be Canadian to have the right to be served, unfortunately I'm not.
There's something to be said about rating a place 2's and 1's yet returning. I'm glutton for punishment and Aphrodite's is more than happy to deliver.
It is true, Aphrodite's service is so bad to the point where you will ask "did that just happen?" or "did I really order an iced tea 30minutes ago?" But to their credit or maybe just through chance I was there relatively recently (2 months ago) and it seemed that they have completely overhauled their staff. I am still leery so I gave service 1-star due to my lasting impression of the place.
I've only been here for lunch and brunch and even while taking into consideration the increased prices for organic food their menus is overpriced. I can't recall the exact price but a breakfast along the lines of 2 eggs, toast, hash browns was noticeably more pricey than say Tomato Cafe close by.
Unfortunately for the price increase I would say the food is not exceptional. Their food is "fine" and they have burned things on occasion.
So why do I come here? First, their chocolate raspberry pie. I honestly love that pie. Granted there have been occasions that I endure it all just to have the pie only to find out that it's sold out, but I still go waiting for the moment I'll get to savour that first bite.
So why not take out? This leads to the 2nd reason why this place is popular. The location draws you in. It's quaint. The inside space has a simple neighbourhood like feel. And the outside seating faces a street that has enough traffic and action to keep you occupied but doesn't usually get congested or overwhelming. It's the perfect restaurant for the location and complements the stores around it. I've sat outside on a sunny day and just enjoyed the breeze and the relaxing feel of the area.
This restaurant really could be so much more; better food to match the prices, better service, consistent availability of menu items but truth of the matter is that people keep coming back regardless of its deficiencies.
You have to try hard to be this bad.
First off, the service. Started off with a long wait to be seated even though we had reservations, we then had to wait another 15 minutes for the first visit by a server. Water appeared on our table 10 minutes later, drinks took another 15 minutes... you get the picture.
Secondly, the food. How does a pie place run out of ice cream before 8 pm? Seriously. And both types of ice cream (regular and soy) to boot! The next item I ordered was also MIA although I had to wait until my table-mates received their dishes to find out the bad news.
Finally, and this is perhaps the worst part, they overcharged us on the bill. Twice. There was an extra $20 on the bill the first time and an extra $10 on it the second time.
I'll never go again.
The servers are friendly, the food is organic, but I really think its overpriced.
Some of the dishes are fabulous, for example the cheddar and apple sandwich is a great value for lunch, but I have to be feeling really prosperous that day to order anything else.
Even though the pie is organic, I think $26 is insane.
I shop at Capers, I know what things are costing these days, but seriously, some of the prices here, even though they are local and organic are just out of order.
I will keep coming here for lunch, but I'll bake my own pies at home, thanks!
I've been here 3 times, twice for dinner and once for breakfast and then mains were both disappointing. Simply put, they just didn't taste very good. One meal was a pizza. It was just local organic ingredients on a crust. It tasted like the kind I make at home and I'm always disappointed in my own pizza...wishing I had ordered out. The second meal I had was not very tasty either but I can't remember what I had. I was just there again because a friend of mine loves the place. We had breakfast and it was really good only because the chicken sausage was unbelievable. Eggs over easy...how can you go wrong. The price... $17.00. A little steep but I guess that is the price you pay (literally) for local ingrediants. I hope the owner reads these and can make improvments on the taste and the spicing of the dishes because they really are not good...in my opinion. Nice relaxing atmosphere though.
Went here for Sunday brunch with two others after it was highly recommended by a friend. We arrived around 1pm and the place was full with a small queue at the entrance - a good sign as people are unlikely to line up for something that isn't worth it.
After waiting several minutes we were seated at a nice large table with lots of room. No feeling cramped or crowded here. The room itself was bright, open and had a friendly atmosphere to it, complimented by the friendly and attentive staff. It also helped that the room was filled with delicious aromas wafting from the kitchen.
The menu offers a great selection of mouth-watering dishes featuring organic, locally-grown ingredients. Their beverage selection is also very good. My dining companions ordered fresh organic blueberry juice and a organic blueberry lemonade mimosa (both less than $5!) while I went with an americano, which was as good as I could have hoped for.
For our meals I had the French Toast with Raspberry cream, whipped cream and fresh raspberries ($13) and the other two had the Breakfast Sandwich (egg, bacon and avocado) and the Pacific Salmon Benny. The French Toast was delicious and came with a generous amount of maple syrup on the side. The sandwich came with a large mound of greens on the plate and was a large, filling meal (she had to pack up half of it to take home) while the benny must have been delicious as she ate every single thing on the plate.
This place is renowned for its organic pies but we were too full to sample any this time around, sadly. I saw a server deliver a slice to a nearby table that looked truly decadent and to-die-for. We will definitely return for some pie & chai and add this place to our list of options for brunch.
All in all an enjoyable, filling and feel good experience.
Well, I wish I'd read the reviews before coming to Aphrodite's for a treat with my 2 girls, aged 5 & 8. This restaurant has no idea how to make young families feel welcome! I should have clued in when we were kept waiting forever just to be seated only to be told offhandedly we could sit wherever. The "service," if you could call it that, was remarkably offhand and our 2 pizzas and a salad (all very tasty, granted, but ridiculously overpriced) took more than half an hour to arrive even though there were very few customers there upon our arrival. No apology was offered.
We were seated in the decidedly unglamorous section between the pie shop and the "real" restaurant where we shivered for half an hour while the door to pie section was wedged wide open. I couldn't hail our waitress for love nor money and my 8 year-old's patient and polite efforts to ask the staff member in the pie section if we could close the door were never acknowledged - the staff member simply kept looking over her head and speaking to the next adult.
En route to the washroom my 8 year old slipped on the sloping floor of the approaching hallway - can't imagine how they got that past inspection - a hip-fracture hazard for your community elders for sure! She wasn't running, but her feet slipped from under her and she banged her elbow, hip and head hard on the concrete. Although she was crying, nobody came to inspect. A passing staff member told her she was fine and continued on his way. Again no apology, no free pie, was offered.
I almost gave up on pie, the meal had taken so long and the attention was so sparse, but I had promised the girls. Eventually the waitress came to take our order, only to mess up and serve it with ice cream instead of whipped cream. I couldn't wait for her to come back, so sought her out in the kitchen where she was snacking and took another interminable amount of time to deliver the tiniest blob of cream for which they have the audacity to charge an additional $1.50! Again, no apology (or even free cream) offered.
Their indifference verging on disdain of the children and their needs was underscored when my eldest was taking my youngest to the bathroom. Our waitress cut them off at the pass and dodged in in front of them! If the kids had peed on their crooked floor it would have served them right.
Yes, the food was pretty good, but dining out is a package that involves a hell of a lot more than the food alone. More and more families with young children are spending their perfectly good money on dining out these days and smart restaurants, like the Rocky Mountain Flat Bread Pizza Company are hip to this trend; Aphrodite's most definitely is not. They will not be seeing any more of our hard-earned cash!
Their pies are amazing!
I tried many vegetarian or organic restaurants. This is one of the best in Vancouver!
All organic, I especially like their bread and salad.
This place is the where health concious ppl must go! Warm friendly atmosphere. However, generally it's not for a fancy, romantic occassion, although I think it could be very romantic for me and my g-f.
I love this place, very consistant as well.
I've been buying the incredible pies at this place for a few years, but had neglected to try the food in the cafe side (the place is a bakery and restaurant side-by-side) until recently. Now I am kicking myself. The food here is amazing, some of the most satisfying and intense flavours I've ever come across in Vancouver. I came for dinner and ordered a salmon special. The fish was done perfectly, not even slightly overcooked. And the organic vegetables that came with it - mind-numbingly delicious. I also had a great salad to start, included (with pie!) in the price of the entree. Beautiful greens, meaty roma tomatoes and surprisingly sweet grated carrots, beets and turnips (which I used to think I hated). My partner had a yummy vegetarian pad thai as well.
I thought the service was positively lovely. Not pretentious, very welcoming and actually pretty fast considering the place was packed. We got in and out in just over an hour with bread, 3 courses and coffee. My only complaint was that the portions were almost too big. I barely had room for pie...mind you, I ate every bite. Oh...disappointing there's no booze on the menu. Wine or beer would have been nice.
Fun ambiance. It has a small town country feel which is very comforting. I'll be back for sure.