At the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion, this espresso coffee bar offers a range of sandwiches, pastries, desserts and cookies.
Mrs. C and I were visiting a recovering relative at the VGH and we stumbled on CA in the lobby of the Pattison Pavilion. The cafe was nicely appointed and had plenty of seating. The servers seemed friendly enough and we got our order quickly, so no complaints there. We ordered an iced mocha smoothie and a big cookie, and both were tasty and not too expensive.
All in all a nice cafe experience despite the circumstances.
With a sick relative for 10 weeks at VGH I have the habit of stopping in at CAFE AMI regularly for coffee, lunches or snacks during my visiting shifts (4 or 5 times per week). I always dread going to Cafe Ami because for meals the food is not very good. Their panini's are mostly bread with very little filling. Their Tuna sandwich has some type of vinegar taste that was a one time try. The best thing on their menu is the Gobbler sandwich which is cranberry bread with turkey and apple - quite good and they grill it so the cheese melts. If they don't have that sandwich I will go for the other turkey sandwich which is a pale cousin but will do in a pinch. Don't go for their panini's - they are NOT good - evidenced by the fact that they are always available morning noon and night. \
Today I went there for the gobbler - alas they did not have any so I went for the old faithful the plain turkey sandwich with cheese. As usual, I requested they put it on the grill for me. They refused. I told them I had purchased the sandwich grilled many times before and said - I've been coming here for 10 weeks and they've always grilled the sandwich for me. One of the 3 servers answered "I've been here for 3 years." I asked politely again stating I would like it warm. They refused. Finally one of them mentioned they grill the other "gobbler" sandwich but not this one. This was so ridiculous that I decided to let it go and not get the sandwich.
I am curious though... What special properties did the one sandwich have that made it ungrillable?
So, here's my advice. Pass right by the cafe ami - the food is terrible and they have only survived due to their location near the entrances. Their smoothies are so sugary they should be illegal in the hospital. Their frapuccino's are watery - barely any ice. Their cookies are dry and stale. I once bought a bar there that was so sweet there were sugar crystals.
If you are at VGH, go to the 2nd floor Sassafras cafeteria. The coffee, selection and is much better.