review | water street cafe

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)

Orecchiette Pesto

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:

The pasta had a pillowy texture, which paired well with the pesto and broccoli. The parmesan melted on the pasta makes it an even more satisfying dish. 

Linguine alle Vongole
Manila clams, garlic, white wine, cherry tomato, and fresh herbs
For myself, I went with a seafood pasta. I honestly loved this! The texture of the pasta was perfectly al dente, and the pop of citrus in the tomato along with garlic infused dressing paired it really well. (4.5/5)
(PS- I rarely finish a pasta dish but I devoured this one.)

Baked Apple & Rhubarb in Filo Pastry
Served w/ caramel sauce & vanilla ice cream
This consists of a mixture of sweet apples and tangy rhubarb in a flaky texture with melting vanilla icecream. One word to describe this dessert: decadent.

Raspberry and Lavender Creme Brulee
fresh berries and lemon curd
I picked this because I was very curious as to how the lavender flavour is incorporated into the dessert. Breaking into the caramelized sugar top and having my first spoonful of the custard screamed lavender, I noticed that the floral flavour is very pronounced. For someone who doesn’t have a big sweet tooth, I appreciate the additional profile of tartness provided by the raspberries, raspberry compote and lemon curd. Definitely a flavourful treat! (3.5/5)

I feel that this restaurant has a very cozy, romantic ambiance- perfect for girls night and dates. Our server was very patient and attentive which made our experience that much better. Overall, I had a great time with my girl friend at Water Street Cafe and hope to return again soon!
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food: 4/5
service: 4/5
ambiance: 5/5
value: 3/5
overall: 4/5
1: poor | 2: satisfactory | 3: average | 4: good | 5: excellent

Water St. Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: The food was all provided to us by the restaurant, but the review is unpaid is based solely on our honest opinions as always. The server also wasn’t aware that we were here for media. (:
<3, Rae

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