Tiny cafe-style restaurant with a decent selection of sandwiches, soups and stews. Specializes in clam chowder.
I was in the bank across the street today and happened to notice Kanata Chowder House. I remember when it opened and thought I wanted to try it so no better time than now.
I wasn't super hungry until I walked in and caught the delicious smell of chowder. I got the signature bowl of clam chowder to go and it came with a bun that I had the option of toasting. I wasn't really into the bread part, I just wanted the soup so I just got it plain and rolled.
While walking down the street, I could hardly contain myself from eating it which would have been difficult with other stuff in my hands. I finally got to sit and eat it; I was not disappointed.
The soup tasted really,good: nice and light but with a creamy taste and almost zero grittiness that you can sometimes find in clam chowder. My only quibble was that it was a little light in the clam department which may have just been the luck of the draw, its soup after all.
Anyways, I really enjoyed my clam chowder and I will definitely return when I am having soup cravings.
The food is as bad as the decor is tacky/contrived.
I had a veggie soup and it was just simmered cabbage and water-no flavour to report at all.
The accompanying roll was little more than a joke hardly be called a piece of bread at all more like a morsel, it did come with a pat of butter though.
I managed to finish about half the 'soup' before my stomach rebelled-as cold and miserable as it was outside and as depleted as I was that paper bowl held nothing that was doing me any good.
I have been there a couple of times already. I went again yesterday before I met my client at his office nearby. Chicken soup, red chowder and white chowder are all good. The white chowder is my favorite. Exceptional recipe that is unique at this place. Perfect choice for a freezing day. Warm you up from the inside.
I love meat so I always pick meat sandwich and multi-grain bread. They have lots of choice for bread. The first time I went I felt there were too many choices to go through. Now I give my choice right away instead of listening to the whole list. But maybe I shouldn't complaint too much about too many choices? :P
It feels like a neighborhood store, which doesn't bother me. Place is clean. Staff is friendly (especially the ones that remain). The food taste good, the price is right.
Had the half sandwich & red chowder. The soup was really flavourful and aromatic. Love the addition of pickle, carrot sticks and fruit segments as it felt like 'mom' packed my lunch. The staff were prompt, cheerful and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. Lots of other items on the menu to choose from that sound great as well. Will definitely return whenever I decide not to pack my own lunch for work. Not concerned with the decor - clean and yes, as others mention small but, it is comfortable and the people who chose to 'eat in' seemed to be unconcerned with the size of the venue.
It has been awhile since I have been to a restaurant in Vancouver where I felt like the people actually wanted to be working there and making the food they were making. Everything had a lot of love, character and flavor involved. I had the cheese perogies, which were home made and tasted quite good. I also had a brownie which was exploding with flavor. I can not wait till later in the year when the weather is more appropriate and I can test out a chowder.
I also loved the decor and ambiance of the place.....some may call it tacky but in this case it felt very homely and real. They people working their enjoyed what they did and it was as if you were coming into their home for a meal.
Can't wait to visit again!
Was going to see the Dr and stopped for lunch before, Had a smoked Montreal Meat, and Red clam chowder.
The food was excellent, the service was great and friendly the decor was "meh" but keep in mind its a soup & sandwich place so people LIVE with it
I will be back for sure
I work near this restaurant, and finally went in today to try it. I had the clam chowder. It's really good! Delicious delicate flavour, good texture, and not filled with filler (huge potato chunks). Large bowl for around $5.00 - including roll. Staff was very friendly and prompt. I will definitely be back.
I must admit foremost that I am a soup nut and when Vancouver's weather starts to take a turn for the wet, cold and dreary I find soup as my ultimate comfort food.
I've walked by this place many times on my way to work and finally decided to give it a whirl on one of my lunch breaks. The menus are simple and among a great selection of soups there are also a few stews available as well as a perogy plate and a variety of sandwiches available on many different breads.
I've been back a few times for their Irish stew but I also appreciate the soup and sandwich combinations. The sandwiches are prepared fresh and the baskets used as serving platters are always littered with little details to compliment your meal -- be it a slice of pickle, a cream-puff with some craisins or a little cup of fruit salad. Available on the tables are a selection of imported gourmet salts and pepper and the cooler is usually stocked with a couple different drinks and, if you fancy, hard-boiled eggs.
Every time I've gone I've been greeted warmly by the staff and while it's an order-then-sit style cafe I find the table service surprisingly alert and attentive.
It's a charming spot with charming people; I've been lucky enough to dodge the local lunch rush when I go and have never had a problem grabbing a seat -- although there are only a few small tables so I could imagine it being cramped during a busy period.
It's the perfect little lunch spot and I know they've won me as a customer.