The Commune Cafe boasts an all day menu of local, sustainable, flavour-forward dishes with classic recipes in mind.
I had the Prime Rib Sandwich with aged chedder, carmalized onion and watercress. Let me just say: amazing! Even the bread was fantastic - crispy but not dry - full of flavour. The girl on the register had a bit of a problem with the debit machine being possessed by the devil but all in all it was good honest service for a cafe. The decor is modern and inviting. I will definitely be going back for more sandwiches.
Stumbled across this cafe on its opening day. Cute little cafeteria-style place with friendly staff. I had a side of tomato fennel soup -- quite tasty, but a bit too salty and they only gave me about half a bowl. I also had the portobello and goat cheese flatbread. Decent price point at $9, but it lacked ooomph and depth. The mushrooms were bland. I'd suggest adding a base of caramelized onions. My friend had the tomato bocconcini flatbread for $8. This one was a winner. Overall, not too bad for Day 1. It looks like they have a killer espresso machine, and I'll be back to give breakfast a chance.
Went to Commune Cafe for dinner after much anticipated wait.
The lady and I had been to Commune for brunch on the weekend before and a sandwich for lunch but have never seen the dinner vibe.
It was a much different experience at night. During the day, it is counter service where you can get a quick lunch and be on your way. At dinner, we were greeted at the door by the manager and received table service. I like this approach. I like to be served at dinner, you get to know the menu and staff a little better while you can sit back and enjoy the evening. We sat at the communal table and ended up sharing a bottle of wine with an older couple living in LA they were in town filming Mission Impossible.
We were there are on a Saturday where they offerred a four course dinner for $24. Fantastic. We started with assorted tapas, a roast winter soup, seared salmon and risotto for dinner and this double fudge brownie for dessert which is to die for.
Overall, we will be back for dinner again. It's a nice affordable spot.
Only criticism, I would like to see some unique cocktails representing this funky spot.
The moment we stepped into the place we were greeted instantly and served promptly. There are not that many private tables in there, but that's expected ("Commune"). The place was busy, but not noisy. I can see that in the summer it will be a great hang-out with the large patio.
The food was amazing. We ordered the seasonal grilled fish entree (salmon) and the chicken entree, and they were both delicious. They came on a bed of orzo (the best I've had yet) with grilled vegetables and a little salad. The food was simple yet very tasty. My only complaint was that it was a long wait for our food (next time we'll get a humous plate to share) but it was well worth it. The manager had checked in with us a couple times while we were waiting to explain that all their entrees are cooked to order and the chicken especially takes some time to prepare. I didn't mind the wait since we were kept informed.
Not only was the food excellent, but I felt good about eating there, since their ingredients are locally sourced and organic. And what great value! Our entrees were around $15 each... We'll be back for sure.
I have NEVER, EVER in my 20+ years living and eating in Vancouver have I ever felt so offended at a restaurant. The food? DISGUSTING! The price? OUTAGEOUS. Is this place SERIOUS??? I had the WORST Panini "sandwich" and I use THAT term loosely. It was literally half a sandwich with a sliver of ham and no cheese at all And a tiny bowl of what was supposed to be beef-barley soup. It was tasteless swamp water with no barley and even less beef. this nasty combo cost $9! WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE. I am not sure what the heck was going on in that kitchen but we also had to wait for peoples take-out orders that were orderd long after we did. The young lady that served us was very nice and did offer us a free dessert. but why? After I told her that it was perhaps the worst meal I had ever had at a restaurant here, she apologized but that was it. AVOID THIS LAUGHABLE RESTAURANT unless you want to be the butt of the joke!
This place has become my favourite stop for food!! It used to my lunch destination and brunch on the weekends, and I tried their dinner the other night with couple of friends and loved it. 5-star meal in a casual and relax ambiance. I had the short rib and it was awesome. This place will be on top of my list.
Well there isn't much to say about my visit to this place a few months ago. I was confused as to what exactly the style was and I'm still not sure what they are trying to achieve. In a nutshell:
Average food with small portions
Like the title says, this will be another casualty in the Vancouver dinning seen.
I am not a fussy person nor difficult to please but my patience wore thin with my experience here. The service came in stages with prolonged periods in between. Firstly water was given. 10 minutes later coffee was ordered. Waiter came back to ascertain the size of the cup. Coffee arrived, we were ready to order. He wasn't and no utensils were provided. We waited another 5 - 10 minutes and we walked. I rarely do this but I would have been a hostage if we stayed longer and given a full order of food and had to wait. Hopefully this is a rare experience but I would recommend care when selecting this place. You're money is valuable and there are too many other options.
If you find a good review here check the date. I suspect there might have been a change in management here.