Sunday, April 04, 2010

Finch's Tea & Coffee House-Lick that freshness!

Everything was nicely planned today. EU planned to have lunch at Gorilla Food and to end our day at Miku Restaurant. Luckily the weather was better today, we decided to take Skytrain to Waterfront then walked to our destination. Unfortunately, Gorilla Food didn't open today for some reason. Then EU came up with another idea-Finch's Tea & Coffee House.

Knowing that I am a fan of vintage, she brought me to this interesting looking coffee house. She said she's always wanted to give their baguettes a try, but since it closes at 5pm every day, she couldn't try it except on weekends. So we decided to give this little tea & coffee house a try.
Finch's Tea & Coffee House

#353 W Pender St (at the corner of Homer St), Vancouver BC

1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly

Food: 4
Price: 4
Services: 4.5
Ambiance: 5.5
Overall: 5
  • Antique interior design
  • Dine in/Take out (you can phone them to order ahead)
  • Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 11am-5pm
  • Organic fair trade coffee & teas
  • Baguettes are made fresh daily
  • Every thing is made fresh right off the kitchen
  • Baguettes are served on a piece of paper; sandwiches and cookies are served on plates
  • Can be really messy when you eat
  • Cozy place; a good place for relaxing with friends
  • Popular to locals
  • Self-served water on the side
  • Busy in afternoon (mostly on Mon-Fri)
  • The menus on the wall are hard to see. You can get a take-out menu in the basket on the table to decide your choice.
Ok, let's move back to the food we had!

Bake brie & Grape with Roasted Walnuts-4.5/6
  • $7.25
  • It is loaded with brie, which is under the grapes and the walnuts. The brie is nicely melted on the bread, and the texture and flavour are really rich.
  • It may seem like there are many grapes, but actually I think it will be better if they have added more.
  • The baguette is served warm and is really crunchy.
  • At first, I was wondering why they have to serve the baguettes on papers. But after trying one of them, I finally understand the reason why. The baguettes are crunchy and are full of ingredients. When you are eating their baguettes, I'm sure you will get pretty messy. So it's a good idea to have that big piece of paper as your plate. Who wants to leave a restaurant/coffee shop with cheese or bread crumbs on their clothes? ;)
Pear, blue brie, prosciutto, roasted walnuts, oil & vinegar-n/a
  • $8.95
  • I didn't try the bread and the ingredients; I only tried a slice of pear
  • I think it's one of their signatures because I saw many people ordering this.
  • Unlike the one I had, there are brie chunks under the prosciutto.
  • EU was worrying that the prosciutto might be too salty for her, but at last she found it's acceptable.
  • Both of us like the pear a lot. It is soft with a slight of sweetness.
  • This baguette is also crunchy but is not as warm as the one I had (maybe because the brie is not baked)

EU and I really enjoyed the atmosphere here. We almost spent the whole afternoon sitting there and enjoying our saturday afternoon ;)

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