Cafe de l'Orangerie is a French and Japanese style cafe restaurant. They are open 7 days a week with the exception of the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
It's basically moved around the corner into a quiet neighbourhood.
And it's even better! A greatly expanded menu with a Japanese take on pasta, curry, desserts, etc. along with some more usual Japanese fare.
Service is pretty good, though not on the quick side. I won't fault them on that too much because they are usually packed and seem to be doing their best with what they have on hand.
The food is good portion size (not for getting you super-stuffed) and very nicely done. Delicious & unique flavours if you're not used to the Japanese style Western food.
As I mentioned, it is packed, so expect waits or perhaps try and reserve.
Worth returning for sampling more of the menu and the changing specials.
Been here two previous times and both times, I was super impressed which is why I was so surprised by what I received today when I ordered take out.
As with the two previous times, I ordered the Masago de Creamy Spaghetti but this time, it was so different from what I had before. First thing I noticed was that they no longer used the squid rings for the dish. Instead, they use only the bottom part of the squid (the legs) for the dish. Next, I noticed that the sauce was more watery than creamy. In fact, it was so watery that it couldn't coat the pasta at all. When I spooned some onto the pasta, it would just run all the way back down to the bottom of the container. Another thing I noticed with my order today was that it was super salty. Now, I like to eat fairly salty but even this was too salty for me. I had to keep drinking water to help abate the thirst.
It was prompt. I came in, told them I ordered take out and they gave me my bill. I paid and they gave me the food and I was on my way.
Now, as I recall, even when I ordered the Masago de Creamy Spaghetti as take-out on a previous occasion, it came with a side salad. This time, there was no side salad but the price was still the same. So really, they upped the price by cutting back what they give you.
Quite a disappointment today, especially since they seem to consistently get good reviews right now. Hopefully, it was just an off day. If not, I hope they'd improve so I can return again in the future.
I was just driving by and saw this place that used to be an Italian cafe a couple years ago. I decided to check it out thinking not to expect much. When I saw the Japanese staffs, I knew this is a good sign because they're a creative lot and really into food.
I thought that their paper menu was a bit odd as it is disorganized (i.e. too many papers, not simple/pretty, possibly not standardized, etc) but I can live with that.
I ordered a veggie sandwich on ciabatta buns with iced coffee. I left happy and will gladly come by again. So glad I found this place by chance! :D
Absolutely loved the creamy tomato spaghetti, it is such a charming, appetizing dish. The homemade croquettes were also wonderful. After having such a delightful meal, the fondan chocolate was simply the great 'cherry on top!' Don’t mind the wait (I had to wait nearly 20 minutes), because it is worth it, sweet and good. As for the service, it was pretty good too. The staff was cheerful and friendly. This is a very interesting restaurant/cafe because it is a fusion of Japanese with Western food. The locale is small but comfy, and finding a space to park space can be a bit difficult. I will surely go eat at Cafe de l'Orangerie when I'm in Vancouver.
I lived near Cafe de l'Orangerie for over a year but just now discovered it. Shame on me! It's a fantastic little cafe with a large food and drink menu. The prawn sandwich and their soups are amazing. I really dig the atmosphere; great music, nice decor and one of the cleanest bathrooms I've seen. Super friendly and attentive service, and a great value to boot. Highly recommended.
Having to deal with the appetite of two gourmands is not easy, when one makes a mention of how if the food is less than tasty he would simply pay the tab with no tips and the food is left cold on the table. You know you are in trouble. So does Cafe De l'orangerie stack up? Yes it does...
The interior of the restaurant has a dining room style feel to it, the place is apparently the most busy during weekend lunches than during dinner. There is about two staff and the manager in the kitchen and out front, service was very friendly and the place is Japanese owned. The only problem is one of the tables is less than stable. But it was probably just that table's problem...
We ordered right away and was very pleased to learn the food is all freshly made, nothing made from an microwave and everything is made to order. The daily soup consists of a cream of pumpkin and a Chili soup which is more in the line of minstrone or tortilla soup. Most of us ordered the paninis while I chose the cabonara. We were very impressed with the meal that we even ordered the desserts, the desserts are also delicous and freshly made, the matcha creme brulee had a nice sugar crust and the bitterness of the matcha custard complemented each other nicely, the apple almond tart was fresh and delicous and the parfait was by friend's opinion: delicous.
I would recommend anyone who is a fan of yoshoku cuisine a visit here. You will not be disappointed