From comfort food to contemporary West Coast cuisine, Enigma has something for everyone.
Made a reservation for two for a saturday night when they have live blues.
Good slices of french bread to start. Got our drinks and made our order. The acoustics of where we were sitting were abysmal. With so many people talking around us and the music we were starting to get irritable. We asked to be moved however she said that due to reservations she didn't think it would be possible.
An appy of smokey bbq wings which were very tasty. They came with some kind of chips and a few veggies and a great dill ranch dip.
We did end up getting a table further to the back of the restaurant more away from the music and out of the middle and it was like night and day.
Our server seemed a little out of sorts and was a couple times almost rude. My buddy had ordered another beer and had ended up having to ask if it would be coming any time soon and she replied just as soon as her bartender poured it. She was more careful to be happier when she returned.
Our food arrived. My friend had Jack Daniels baby back ribs on a bed of herbed veggies and roasted potatoes. He gave me a try on the ribs and man were they ever tender and good. I had the chicken and prawn Jambalaya on a bed of rice. It was a little spicy, just like I like it and was a decent meal though I think a little overpriced. It was really good but not fantastic at 17.50.
I also have to admit the food took a bit of time to get out but then it was quite busy and they don't have a whole heck of a lot of servers by the looks of it.
In spite of the few quirks I really enjoyed the food there and had a good time. My friend did too and he's a chef himself and quite enjoyed the meal.
I do intend to return and try their Guinness Stew but will make sure I book a table away from the middle area. ;)
Went there on a rainy Wednesday with the sole purpose of getting eggs benedict... turns out they only serve it on weekends, but the lady assured me that they make their own hollandaise sauce. Sounds good. Got the omelet instead, was still quite good. Service, ambiance, and everything was pretty good. I highly recommend Enigma.
We have been coming to Enigma for a few years now, with the exceptional food continuing to bring us back. We are always happy with the service, ambiance, food quality and general friendly atmosphere at Enigma. The prices are extremely good value. A favourite is Big Al’s spicy Jambalaya although I doubt its called that on the menu :). We highly recommend Enigma as a place to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Keep up the good work!
James and Carol
My girlfriend and I went to Enigma for an impromptu dinner out, as we've heard it was fairly good and wanted to try the place out.
We came in (around 630PM, quite early) without reservations and were seated immediately.
The server took a long time to get to our table, after repeatedly flagging him down, despite the fact that it was pretty quiet in the restaurant. I ordered the New Orleans Jambalaya, and my girlfriend ordered the Vegetarian Enigma, and we had Potato Latkes for a starter. We were given some cold French bread that we suspected was just from Safeway, and the butter therefore would not melt. This turned me off from further eating any more bread.
Latkes were delicious and quite numerable, although not worth the $8.50. My jambalaya was alright - the sauce was nothing special, and the shrimp were tiny. My gf's Vegetarian Enigma was just a whole lot of tofu with some grilled veggies stacked on top. Nothing special.
The server seemed to be listening in to our conversation - my gf asked me what something on her plate was, and the server answered her in a very condescending tone, as if we weren't "cultured" enough to eat at Enigma.
Overpriced, mediocre food.
This is a really nice place to meet a friend on a Friday evening for a beer, maybe a game and a dinner. Note that you can do all of this because no one will be nagging you to leave, and the atmosphere is really nice that you actually want to stay. It's really casual. It feels like an extention of your living room, with classier service (if you are like me who only gets delivery service), excellent food (much better than delivery, although I cook better than both), and all of it at a reasonable price. You really don't have to make an effort, as you usually do when you go out. (Yes, even guys do make an effort, just not towards their appearance). Brunches at Enigma are as good as weekend day-time meals get.
If you are around West Tenth or anywhere in Kitsilano and have to meet some one for a business lunch, this is good spot to know, unless you are trying to impress big time. Service is good around lunch, there is always a unique lunch special, and the atmosphere is excellent for a day-time conversation. The free wireless certainly adds the cherry on top without turning the environment into a cafe.
BEfore I stop, I should mention that this is sweet spot to take your parents if they're ever in town. All and all, this is a handy place to know in my opinion. It's like multi-purpose tool. It's not perfect for anything, but good enough for everything.