Deb and I stayed in Vancouver last night. I had an early meeting this morning and she started work at 9 am so instead of getting up at the crack of dawn we stayed in a hotel. We decided to go out for dinner to some place we had never been. I had been seeing so many advertisements for the Cactus Club Cafe and Rob Feenie’s dishes that I really wanted to go there. What I really wanted to eat was the butternut squash ravioli.
When we arrived, I was a little taken aback by all of the female wait staff being in similar short black dresses. I referred to them as ‘Stepford waitresses.’ Deb pointed out just like a Robert Palmer video. Deb also mentioned about a lawsuit underway by a Cactus Club employee (I could not find any reference to this online) apparently it was the Shark Club. From then on though everything couldn’t have been better.
As I mentioned I wanted the ravioli. I also love cheddar broccoli soup so I wanted that as well. Not every menu item was a ‘Rob Feenie’ item and this was the case with the soup. It was definitely not very good and it was not really hot which is how I like soup. Deb ordered a spinach salad which she said was great. For entrees I had the butternut squash ravioli trio and Deb had the Hunter chicken. The ravioli was divine. I loved the texture of the filling and the prawns on top were very nice. Deb’s chicken dish really inspired. Her dinner was a stack of fingerling potatoes, green beans, chicken and mushrooms. There was a reduction that added tons of amazing flavour. I have to say that I have ever tasted. This chicken rivaled a filet mignon I had this summer at the Copper Room at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort. I normally do not like chicken breast as I find it dry and lacking in flavour.
Then we moved on to dessert. Normally, I don’t eat dessert. I rarely order it in restaurants and if I do, I will usually share it. They had a dessert called the apple gilet which featured caramelized apples baked in a puff pastry shell with caramel drizzle and vanilla ice cream. This dessert was the perfect combination of flavour and texture. I love the texture of food sometimes more than the taste. If this dessert were a musical on Broadway, it would have won a Tony. As far as sharing went, Deb got a tiny taste.
If you have not tried the Cactus Club lately, I highly recommend you give it a try. Stick to the ‘Rob Feenie’ dishes if you can as these are definitely a cut above.