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Cafe Orso

4316 Gallant Ave
North Vancouver, BC
Tel: (778) 340-3222


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Finally, a complete hit.
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Living in the Cove, we are so lucky.... except for the limited selection of eateries in our tiny little enclave of perfection. The last place I reviewed was the new pasta place up at Parkgate, which was pretty much a miss for us. So, when we walked into this new Cafe Orso, we were a little reserved about what to expect. Nicely decked out, urban chicque crosses wood finishes and carefully chosen art, original and unique fixtures. We likey, but then the new places pretty much all look good. But was this going to be another pretty face with no personality? Thank gawd, not this time. We ordered a savoury waffle with arugula, bresaola, pecorino(?), avocado and avocado on toast with a side of bresaola. We paid for our food at the counter and had a nice chat with the owner who introduced himself and shook our hand. So basic, yet no other restaurant owner has ever done that that we can remember in the Cove. Good manners, Luca, your Mama should be proud. We found a comfy couch to sit on and someone brought chilled water and cutlery to us right away. We waited about 10 min for the food and when it came it was very simple, nicely presented. It's not rocket science, good bread, ripe avocados, nicely seasoned, good portion for the prices charged, and a check back on the food after it was served. And they're awake enough to actually remember you and what you ordered without plonking a giant number on your table. We also saw some other food go by that looked scrumptious (tomato melted cheese toast) yet again, simple. Afterwards came the real test, does this "Cafe" actually serve good coffee? After we ate we ordered a long Americano and an Espresso. I judge all coffees by the Espresso. It's got to be properly balanced slightly bitter, nice crema on top. Yes, we have a winner here. Biggest bonus, wait for it......they have a liquor license! We'll be back for some vino and appies, that's for sure. We were also told they have live music, I think they said Friday and Sunday nights. Finally, maybe a place we can make our favourite local hang out, we've literally been waiting for something like this for years. Yes, home run, first visit. It so rarely happens, we are in shock. Also, they don't stick a giant tip jar in your face, just a small tip cup beside the cash. We spent about $25, and I popped over a fiver tip because I felt they deserved it not because I felt pressured to tip, because technically it's self service and tipping isn't a given. Anyway, we'll be back and we'll be bringing others. Our only complaint, if it could even be called that is that there seems to be very limited seating. At 2 pm on a Friday every seat was full so I think they might need to rethink their seating before too long.

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