April 9, Saturday – Cloudy
My sister and her family were visiting me from Japan. One of the kids was a fussy eater (just like many other kids around). We decided to take them to Cafe de l’Orangerie, a restaurant serving yoshoku cuisine, so she could have something that she is more familiar with. Yoshoku is Western-influenced cooking orginated during the Meiji Restoration in Japan. You typically see spaghetti, hamburgar, stew…etc on the menu which seem western but actually have a Japanese “twist” to them.
Cafe de l’Orangerie is a small restaurant at the south end of Granville Street. I found out about it from my friends (yellow tiger). It’s in a tiny stripmall with only a few other businesses and they didn’t seem busy. So parking wasn’t a problem for us. We quickly settled down and ordered.
Since it’s a cafe, I ordered an Americano (and I need a coffee to deal with the kids @@).
It’s pretty good, strong and smooth with a slight acidic undertone. (So D didn’t like it! LOL) It’s not as rich/full body as Italian espresso. But I like it regardless.
My niece’s Spaghetti Carbonara arrived first. I tried a little bit of it and it’s pretty creamy and smooth. The carbonara sauce didn’t have much of the smokiness from bacon but it’s peppery from the fresh grind black pepper on top. The pasta wasn’t over cooked but it’s not al dante. That’s the way yoshoku spaghetti is supposed to be. My niece liked it very much and had almost half of the order (adult size).
The place seems to be kid-friendly but they didn’t have highchair. So bring booster seats if you plan to visit with kids. There was another table with 2 kids next to ours.
Food at Cafe de l’Orangerie was pretty good. Service was friendly. (only 1 person serving but it wasn’t too busy)
Since Yoshoku-Ya on Denman St closed down. This is pretty much the only place left for yoshoku cuisin in Vancouver.