When you run a restaurant, either you have passion for food or you have a passion for the business. Preferably the former. Otherwise, don't bother. Oh, wait, except there's a sucker born every minute.
This seems like yet another one of those places where you count on having a customer base who doesn't know what to cook.
The decor, well, nothing to write home about. A slightly run down diner/cafe that's passably clean.
The menu? There's absolutely nothing innovative or exciting on the menu. Your typical soups, sandwiches, etc.
The service? Hmm... the staff seem somewhat less than motivated. So, how did our culinary experience go?
We were the only 2 in the diner needing service, with 2 staff on hand. Oh, except they closed the "grill" early, well before closing. I overheard them talking, they just wanted to get out early. After us, they even turned away some customers who came in just before closing.
So, we were left with the soup (basil vegetable?), lentil rolls and a sandwich.
2 staff, 2 customers ... and we were waiting long enough that I could've dashed across the street to get my own ingredients and make my own sandwich. The soup and lentil rolls just needed warming up, so while someone is doing that, surely they could whip up a sandwich with 4 ingredients? (Avocado, pre-sliced edam cheese, cucumber and tomato). The bread was just pre-sliced mass manufactured bread too. Oh, and the soup, while it was okay, it seems the cook (and I use that term loosely) has never heard of this new fangled thing called "salt". (And this from people who already eat very low salt).
Yup, you'd be impressed with this place if you did not know how to cook. The food is decent, and maybe I'd be happy if it were half the price. At least it's clean enough. But seriously, this is probably the 2nd biggest piece of ... in town after Finch's. It wins by a nose by being slightly quicker and slightly cheaper.
Don't waste your hard earned pennies and stomach space here. There's better food to be had. (And if you think otherwise, I highly encourage you to take some basic cooking lessons).
I went there several times for lunch and had always enjoyed the food and drink though I did find the service a bit rude. However, one day I had some time to observe the kitchen staff and found that they don't wash their pots! Perhaps the high heat kills germs but to me it was a deal breaker. I've not been back since.
I do love this place and the next time I visit, I hope to replace this review. However, my experience tonight was worth posting.
The only visible menu on the chalkboard when I showed up was what I ordered from and I felt like a veggie burger so I ordered just that. Upon ordering a "Veggie Burger with cheese and hash" per the menu, I was informed that the only visible menu wasn't valid and that fries replaced hash in the evening. They could have pulled the blinds down over the menu (like they had for the breakfast menu), but they decided the lunch menu provided some value at dinner (perhaps comparison?).
I elected to replace my standard lunch veggie burger with a Pineapple Veggie Burger with fries - this was $1.65 more than the lunch edition I originally ordered. I sat at a table and waited about 15 minutes for my food. Upon arrival, I was informed that there was no pineapple left, but that my burger was ready. I asked how my "Pineapple veggie burger" could be ready without pineapple and the server explained that he didn't know there was no pineapple left. I went on to ask why on earth the cook would go ahead and make a pineapple burger without pineapple and I was met with the offer of a side salad instead.
I didn't want to send back the food as it was surely fine and I didn't want to waste it, but it was pretty dry without the requisite tropical fruit. The side salad was a nice offer and was decent, but I did pay extra to have a pineapple.
I love the atmosphere, but sometimes the crew on-hand is just "trying" rather than "doing." They tried and failed tonight.
I only came here for the poetry slam because of an assignment for class, and my co-worker had recommended this place. Despite bad reviews from the other reviewers, I found this place quite enjoyable. It was jammed back at 630, there were absolutely no seats left so my partner and I had to share a tiny table in a corner where we couldn't even see the stage. Luckily, a group of six left so we moved to that table and shared it with others.
I would never willingly go out to eat vegetarian food but I found the food here pretty tasty. My partner ordered a soup and sandwich for me. I'm not sure what the soup was but it was really good. The sandwich consisted of foccacia bread, sundried tomato pate, alfalfa sprouts (ick), cucumbers and tomatoes. I hate alfalfa, but the pate masked the taste and the sandwich overall was very good. It's not the best food for the price, but it's nothing to complain about either.
I didn't even go up to the counter to order and the employee managed to find me pretty easily. When I was finished with my food, another employee promptly cleaned off the table. Another employee had also come to clean up the other plates that were on our table from the other people we sat next to.
Anything under 10$ is good enough for a broke ass college kid like me.
It was a very loud atmosphere, and I enjoyed it. The patrons were all cheering for the poets on stage, the poets were talented and their performances were amazing. I got a chance to participate as a judge and while I was booed a couple of times for giving lower than expected scores, I found it fun. Great atmosphere, great crowd, great performances. Had a great time.
I went down to Cafe Deux Soleils last night because a friend of mine directed a show that involved a local improv group plus a couple special guests & a local burlesque act. We showed up at 7:30 to ensure that we would get a seat and have time for food before the show. Thankfully we did show up an hour and a half before the show because the Cafe filled up quickly and it took forever for our food to be prepared. Honestly though, the food was well worth the wait. I ended up having a small fare dish, an entree, dessert, coffee and a juice. I wasn't that hungry I just was loving the food so much I couldn't stop myself.
The environment at the Cafe was amazing. The staff is really friendly and efficient. The patrons are so supportive of shows and other patrons. The show was a blast, my food was great and the energy topped it all off. Overall I would say that I am really excited to go back in a couple weeks for the next show.
Had breakfast here with a friend after realizing Havana on the drive doesn't open till 11am.
The staff there was friendly, and all the food is vegetarian, the food was decent, but not great. I had the eggs, hashbrowns (was really potatoes), and toast (it came with margarine it seemed).
I love small businesses on the drive, especially diners, but this place, like many other diners was a tad on the dirty side, especially the coffee mugs.
The two young folk who worked there were nice, but probably didn't have much invested in the cafe.
I've been going to Cafe Deux Soleils for years now. Thank goodness for it's consistently yummy all day breakfast. I think this place has the best homemade veggie burger EVER! I'm addicted. Although it's a little rough around the edges the open kitchen allows me to see what goes on in there unlike most restaurants where sometimes I'm terrified of what I can't see and who is actually preparing my food. Staff have been helpful and accommodating with my weird requests (food allergy stuff). It's completely reasonably priced. Decent portions for affordable prices. I've been in the cafe when it's packed on a Sunday, still managed to get my brekkie in record time, during slower times midweek (thought the music was a little loud for such a mellow time though) and also when it's rockin" later on in the evening for live music and entertainment. It's a fun place to come and watch a show not just to eat food. Thank you Cafe Deux Soleils!
Great place for meeting with friends for breakfast/brunch, it can be busy at times, but the line tends to move quickly, and the atmosphere is friendly.
Cafe Du Soliel has an eclectic look that works, a small kids area where the little ones can run around while you get ready for the day.
Its not a cheap breakfast, but has a few extras that are worth it. If I want quick and cheap I'll go somewhere else, this place is ideal for a lazy Sunday morning with good friends.
I regularly go to Cafe Deux. I try to avoid it at peak times on weekends because it gets so busy but if you go a bit earlier or later in the day on weekends, it's pretty good. I usually get the tofu scram or one of the egg dishes. The portions are generous and they're tasty. The self-serve setup means you usually get your food pretty fast.
I don't have kids myself but I love that it's kid-friendly -- not easy to find. It's also a great place in the evening with great local talent from music to slam poetry. A fun place to stop by for something different.
I do wish the coffee cups were a bit larger and, like some other people on this site, feel that the hygiene could be stepped up a notch. There's sort of an overall stickiness on the tables, benches, floors, etc. Could use a good cleaning. But I've never felt sick after eating there and it's sort of what I expect from the Drive.
I love this place as a standard on Commercial. And if it's too busy you can head up the road to try Bandidas at 12th or any number of other places north of Cafe Deux.
I live nearby and go for breakfast or lunch. The breakfasts are hearty standard fare and well done with great rosemary potatoes. Portions are good for me but I notice a lot of people waste food here (especially those yummy potatoes) and that flies in the face of the Drive sensibility. Maybe they could offer a choice of portion size?
When I want a lighter breakfast I used to order coffee with one of their fresh muffins, which were great -oaty and with nuts and/or fruits. Another reviewer commented on them being dry and they are a bit. That just means they are not swimming in fat which is what a muffin shouldn't be. Just have another slug of coffee or water to wash them down. Their muffins used to be great and with good amounts of healthy things ! Now they regularly put tasteless brown coloured grease that they call chocolate chips in the muffins. Boo to junk food for breakfast! I go elsewhere.
well went there for lunch saturday it has to be the dirtiest place ever as there is holes in the bathroom wal and no soap or paper towels and garbage all over the floor and the staff are so unkept to the seats are ripped and my food consisted of uncooked hash and scrambled eggs that where like rubber and not scrambled at all I will never be back as I dont want to risk my health eating in such a dump.
We like this place overall because we have a restless 3 year old, who can run around in here while we get a beer or two. Not many places are so relaxed about kids, so we appreciate that. As for the food: it's always just sort of okay; nothing you'd really go out of your way for but always adequate. Our biggest complaint would be the 'cleanliness' issue: the bathrooms are vile, and are ALWAYS missing soap, which makes us wonder whether anyone there really cares about safe food handling. The tables, seats etc. are always sticky and a little gross too. But hey, I'm a little uptight about this stuff; they on the other hand are insanely relaxed about it. You gotta be relaxed too if you're ever going to go with the flow on this restaurant.
The experience eating at Cafe Deux Soleis varies depending on the time of day. During breakfast and lunch, small children are often found playing on a stage with a toy kitchen. In the evenings, the toys disappear and are replaced with live bands and poetry slams (on Monday nights). In the evenings, they still serve some food, but the atmosphere is more like a bar, and cover is sometimes charged.
The food is all vegetarian - the breakfast menu is typical greasy spoon (with veggie meat substitutes) and the dinner menu is pub-like (nachos, burgers, pasta dishes, etc). Brunch is probably the tastiest meal served.
The service is mixed. You have to order at the counter and meals are brought out to you at your table, but sometimes it takes a while to get your food.
Searching for a good breakfast place is always goal of mine. Today we decided to go out to the drive and see where the people are. Typically, a busy place is a good place. Seemingly ths trick paid off.
You order at a counter and they bring your food to where you are seated. We got a creamy and delicious muffin with strawberries, coconut, and cream cheese. It was heavenly. We also enjoyed a chai latte as well as an Inka latte (which is a coffee substitute) and again delicious.
For our mains we had the "Stella" and "Special" which one is a vegetarian eggs bene with veggie ham. The flavours were great. Tangy and creamy, but the perfect balance. The other was scrambled eggs with a garlic/feta/tomato topping with marble rye toast. Very fresh and clean flavours.
The vibe was great too. There were all sorts of people enjoying a late breakfast and everyone was buzzing around the place. We felt really comfortable and welcomed. Definitely we'll be returning.
Nothing special about the breakfasts, wraps, veggie burger or soups.
Tried many menu items a bunch of times, never felt satisfied.
Boyfriend loves swirly rye bread, for some reason.
Some homemade muffins good flavours, but ALWAYS dry.
Very tasty smoothies.
Good price on local stout beer from Storm, the "Black Plague." Not for lager lovers!
Only return for ambiance and to collect personal thoughts. Good place for writers when not too busy.
This is a great place to go for a late breakfast or lunch. I have not had the pleasure of trying the dinners but if they are naything like the breakfasts, I'll love it.
The service is typical Commercial Drive. You have to go up to the counter and order your food and then a server brings it out, shouting out your name to locate you. The place is very full of energy so it can be a bit overwhelming. Just ne prepared for the fun!
The food has been scrumptious every time I have been there. I like going for breakfasts and have never been disappointed, actually really happy, with the food and service.
Stopped in a few weeks ago with friends for a meal. The menu system is a little confusing .... different menus, times, confusing.
Food and Service were ok. Nothing great...
We finished our meal...sitting having coffee ...looking around abit...and realize to our HORROR!!!!......the place was absolutely filthy!!! The window ledge was so full of dust, bugs, dirt, and old food such as a piece of toast! The floor looked like it hadn't been swept in weeks...and let's not get into thinking that a mop was near it! The table and chair legs were so dirty, eewww there was old egg yolk all down one chair leg and the table legs were sticky. There was so much grim.
I got up and went into the bathroom....OMG!!!... I didn't use it. We decided to leave immediately. Won't be back.
I mentioned our visit to a few friends this week and they both told me "Don't eat there....you think the front is bad...you should see the kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Please, if you think I am bullsh*tting...check it out yourself!
I like going here since I have a young child. It's nice to have a relaxed atmosphere and space for a child to play.
The food is pretty good, I crave the marble toast. Coffee is bad.
I think the place really needs an upheaval for decorating, and cleaning, but I'll still go back even if they don't. I like the place but its definatly not for everyone. I brought my mom and aunt and it really wasn't their cup of tea.
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