Bakery and Cafe that operates both a coffeeshop and a catering service from the same location. Offers a wide array of gourmet snacks, lunch items, pastries, coffee and espresso drinks, and bottled drinks. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Occasionally hosts open-mic and musical performances. Patio seating available when weather permits.
I haven't been here since some time last year when my girlfriend was hungry for something in the late hours and we decided to trek in to see if something was palatable. Before that time I hadn't been in there for a few years. After that last experience I won't be coming back.
Their always open 24/7 hours are deceptive. Yes, the door is open, but wait, you might not be able to order certain things once inside. Last time we were looking at their chalkboard menus and their refrigerator display windows to see what was decent. My girlfriend decided on a sandwich. Alas, none could be had, then again, it wasn't like it was a bad thing. Counterperson told us they had closed the sandwich bar after 12am after he finally showed up to take our order. His mind was floating elsewhere methinks. So we take another look at the display windows only to decide to leave since everything looked at least day old (perhaps thawed even).
Years ago I came here with friends to hang out since it was one of the few places we knew that was open late and where you could grab a bite. Suffice to say what was available then was passable as was the experience with my girlfriend. I've stuck to drinks when I did buy something, which were expensive.
With the dim lighting, I wouldn't even advise students to come here to cram the night before an exam.
I went to Calhoun's once before and have never been back. At the time, I thought it was such a cool place to hang out and chill, but my one experience there will haunt me forever.
I ordered nachos and was munching down. After about 3-4 bites, I reached for another and to my surprise, I found something hideous. A condom!!!!! Well, it was a finger condom, but it was just as gross. I started to panic thinking about the germs in that thing and asked to speak with a manager. I told him there was a condom in my nachos. He said, "WHAT?!" and looked at it. He chuckled and plainly said, "Oh, it's not a condom, it's a finger condom!" No duh, it's not a real condom, but regardless it shouldn't have been in my nachos!
Well, he didn't refund me my money and instead gave me a $20 gift certificate for the next time I come around...like that's going to happen.
This is a great place to have long conversations with friends and enjoy the live music. Cappuccinos, lattes, and desserts are very good here. The other stuff is ok -- I've had their thai peanut noodles, veggie lasagna, mac & cheese, and green bean salad (but some of the items are a little pricey for the portions you receive). Service is...well, I actually got a few smiles recently (have they hired new people?). The only minor problem is their "customers must buy something once every hour" policy, which they didn't have before (see poster on the wall). Nevertheless, it's a relaxing place to hang out...and for me to sit and do some writing.
This might be a bit dated, but a few years ago I ordered corporate catering from Calhouns for an office function. I had received incredible service a few years before then, but had failed to realize the ownership of the restaurant had changed. Note that the goodies were delivered on large, plastic, disposable trays (similar to the ones you get if you buy a cake from a supermarket). I had set aside the metal tongs that were supplied for the fruit salad for pick up the next day. When the man arrived, he demanded that I return the plastic trays. When I told him that they had been disposed of, he threatened to charge me $20 per tray. Keep in mind, every other catering company I have used before, or since has never asked for these back. These trays were fairly large (at least 24" in diameter) and I would highly suspect they can be properly sterilized per VCH standards. Just be aware of this food handling issue should you consider them for catering your event.
I've been ordering with Calhoun's Catering recently and I have to say that I had a very good surprise. First the quality of the service is great, always very nice on the phone, very flexible (I changed my order 5 times) and very professional. Then, the delivery was on time, the driver was very nice and the food was great! I wanted to try Calhoun's Catering because I heard so many bad things about them 2 or 3 years ago. It seems like the new management changed many things and Calhoun's is back to what he used to be: the best in town.
As with most 24 hour places you can't expect miracles. Good ambiance and large tables are the main draw along with free wifi Decent beverages and Granville on tap are the main after hours draw but don't come on an empty stomach or you'll be leaving disappointed. Cakes and deserts are decent but the entrees are spotty and service for larger items is often slow. Everything is reheated rather than made to order.
A nice place to go for coffee when coffee isn't as important as going.
Because it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serves coffee and snacks, and can seat upwards of 60 people at both tables and couches, it qualifies as a coffeeshop through and through and attracts both Kits-dwellers and UBC students who come to read and caffeinate.
Unfortunately, the staff are extremely rude. First, they will ignore you or avoid you. Once you have their attention, they'll look at you as if to say "get out of my store," and at that point one is tempted to. Once they've taken your order and slowly serve it, they take your money with a sneer and no "thank you," "come again," or even "the cream and sugar is to the left." This isn't just one customer's vendetta-fueled diatribe. The Calhoun's staff is nearly famous, especially amongst UBC students, as a surly and forbidding lot.
If you don't mind being slighted, it's good food and a great, safe place to hang out. I've never enjoyed their catered food, but the catering menu looks scrumptious.
I used to come here quite often because they are open 24/7. Lattes here used to be pretty good and I love muffins they have here, but not anymore. Food tastes different and coffee is terrible, not to mention the service. The guy who was doing nothing ignored me until I had to call him several times, got my order wrong and didn't even apologize, and had a dirty shirt on. I'll only come here to get muffins from now on.