Water Street Cafe is located in the heart of Gastown across from the iconic steam clock. This Pacific Northwest restaurant with Italian influences has been established for nearly 30 years.
The restaurant has recently changed ownership as the previous owners have retired, and the team is re-engaging withe local community in this new chapter. I was graciously invited to have dinner along with a friend (shoutout to my girl Valerie for coming with me!) at the restaurant and to learn more about their space and specialties.
Upon entry, we were warmly greeted by the server. The first thing I noticed was a festive Christmas tree, and the spectacular floor-length window nightview overlooking the cobbled-streets, light-filled Gastown. I was also given a tour of the venue upstairs which included two private dining spaces- one that can fit a group of 12 and the other a larger party of 40.
Moving onto the highlight- the food.
Kale and Farro Salad
chèvre, fennel, orange, candied walnuts, lemon vinaigrette
For appetizer, Val and I shared a salad. Although this was an appetizer, we found the portion to be more than enough for the two of us to share.
I personally love citrus flavours, and I found that the acidity of oranges and lemon vinaigrette balances out the sharp characters of goat cheese and candied walnuts. However, if you do not like sour flavours, you may find that towards the end, the greens become very infused with the citrus juices. Overall, a very tasty combination of textures and flavours! (4/5)
broccoli-basil pesto, garlic confit, pistachios, asiago
Val had the orecchiette pesto and added chicken as a protein. I only had a brief bite of the pasta and can’t comment much upon it but here are Val’s thoughts:
Linguine alle VongoleManila clams, garlic, white wine, cherry tomato, and fresh herbs
Baked Apple & Rhubarb in Filo PastryServed w/ caramel sauce & vanilla ice cream
Raspberry and Lavender Creme Bruleefresh berries and lemon curd