Finch's is a dainty teahouse serving lovingly prepared sandwiches in addition to coffee, tea and pastries.
We love Finch's, thankfully independant cafes like this one can still survive and thrive in this market thats dominated by cheesy corps like Starbucks or Earls. Their blue brie and walnut baguette is to die for.
One of my best friends took me out for lunch to Finch's. I have had brunch(poached eggs) there before and was not feeling the spot that much other than the fact there are tons of hot girls in there. My friend was insistent that the sandwiches are the best in the city. This guy knows how to eat, you can tell by looking at him and he has revealed a lot of dope food spots in this city to me.
I got the prosciutto sandwich with olive oil and edam cheese and he got the bocconcini sandwich and paid a little more and got prosciutto added to it. The sandwich were simple and were really tasty and I mean really tasty, soo fresh and the fresh baguette was delicious. I even ate the tomatoes in the sandwich and I don't like tomatoes.
Finch's sits on the top five list of best sandwich spots in the city for me. Definitely worth a trip if you are looking for a good sandwich, it is not the cheapest sandwich in the city but definitely one of the freshest. The atmosphere is nice but seating can be limited at lunch. Also be warned it is not the quickest spot if you are looking for a sandwich with the speed of a sandwich artist from Subway you might as well go to Subway.
After the meal, I felt great like I just ate a good salad. The price of the sandwich was about eight dollars.
Pictures on the blog.
I'm in the area on a regular basis and pop in for a sandwich about once a month. I've had the various melted brie sandwiches and the gypsy salami. The presentation is quite nice, the sandwiches are very pretty and the quaint butcher paper wrap is a nice touch. But take one bite and the whole inside splooches out. These are super messy to eat. Nothing spectacular though. The baguettes are fresh but they are only white. How about whole grain ?? Something with some seeds on top even. White bread is not exactly cool anymore, just sayin'. The line ups in there are just insane. Why would anyone line up for 20 mins for a sandwich or salad that takes another 20 mins to put together. I usually phone my order in then saunter on down when I"m good and ready. The menu is a massive combination of a few not very healthy ingredients (ok walnuts but that's it), so everything pretty much has the same flavour after a while. Their soups seem to be home made but are boring and too pricey. Their coffee is awful but I'm picky that way. Service seems weird because there's usually 3 or 4 staff on during the day but lots of times there's been tables that haven't been cleared, many times I've not been acknowledged when walking in, having to stand at the till until someone turns around. Then often it seems like a chore for whoever to take your order. Maybe I'm not hipster looking enuff. Another thing is that they don't use gloves. I've not once seen anyone wash their hands. Even after seeing one woman come in from having a cigarette, she jumped right back into making sandwiches. So, its a good place to sit around looking hipsterish and taking an hour for a mediocre and stodgey sandwich. But for a quick nutritious lunch, this is definately not the place.
Be prepared to wait. I agree 100% with EatsFats review, what an incredibly slow wait for mediocre food. Nothing is cooked, they are just arranging the ingredients attractively on the sandwich. But to ask that we wait 30 mins for a "meal" is audacious!!
For those that think perhaps they were having a bad day, it's like that all the time (so say my coworkers). This is the kind of place that impresses people who don't cook, which is many, seeing how busy this place is.
Not only is there a wait to have the food served, there is also a wait to order. Once you get to the cash, and order from the super basic menu (in terms of technique), you see where the problem lies.
You see a wall of people's backs all frantically putting the sandwiches and salad's together. I couldn't imagine how terrible it would be to be literally shoulder to shoulder with my coworkers all day making bloody sandwiches look pretty. Why they don't use the whole counter area is beyond me.
The sandwiches take so long to put together that they are backed up by the time the second order of the day is placed. Just because they cut the tomato after you order, doesn't mean it is fresh. YOU CAN PREPARE SOME ITEMS BEFORE SERVICE, it will still be fresh if you use fresh ingredients!!! That is how other successful restaurants, ahem, sandwich bars, are run.
The prices are completely overinflated as well. Again, only someone that doesn't cook wouldn't realize that bread and lettuce are cheap, which are the two main ingredients in all the dishes. There I said it.
I agree that in 30 mins I have waited, I could have gone to Nesters in the Woodward's building, and bought the ingredients myself and made a sandwich.
Would have saved me the 30 mins and 8.95 I will never get back. Shame.
This is a great little cafe, serving very fresh and tasty sandwiches, salads and sweets. My one caveat is that, due to everything being made fresh and the popularity of the place, you will have to wait a fair bit for your order. If you're not in a rush, treat yourself.
I wish Vancouver had more places like this.
I can't see anybody taking their family to the center of crack cocaine use in Vancouver for lunch myself...
The food was dull, the music WAY too loud and the guy working there kept hitting on my friend which made her very uncomfortable. The only good thing was the price but in an area like that I'm not surprised. I have a young son aged 4 and I wouldn't take him to the most drug and crime ridden neighborhood in Western Canada for lunch so the contention that it's a 'family restaurant is bizarre at best and simply misleading at worse.