Cactus Club Cafe

February 27th, 2010. Saturday With The Girls   
cactus club cafe
cactus club cafe

  It was a rainy Saturday, so Gahee, Joohee and I spent the day at Metrotown.  After some window shopping, a cramel candied apple and helping Gahee find shoes we decided on dinner across the street at Cactus Club!    

Gahee and I were both realllly wanting some dessert so opted to share an order of Crispy Yam Fries and Tuna Tataki while Joohee went for the Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl.   We made sure the Crispy Yam Fries came with some Garlic Mayo. Yum!  The fries were nice and plump and tasted like they’d just been fried.  Perfect light crispiness on the outside and sweet and soft on the inside. 

cactus club cafe
cactus club cafe

Now ever since trying the one at the Burrard location my favorite appetizer at Cactus Club has been the Tuna Tataki which is basically seared albacore tuna, green papaya slaw, orange, avocado, pine nuts, yuzu vinaigrette.  Really, this dish is a winner!  I love the light fruitiness that all the flavors add to the tuna.  It’s seared just right and is wonderfully soft!  Nothing like fresh tasting tuna and accompaniments!  

cactus club cafe
cactus club cafe

Joohee’s Teriyaki Chicken Bowl was a vibrant burst of color!  What I appreciated was that it looked like they used fresh ingredients (hence the vibrant colors!).  I think she enjoyed it since she finished it!  Definitely no authentic, but a fair interpretation, I guess.  

On a side note: I think Cactus Club is getting better at execution and presentation of food.  I seem to have less to complain about..but then again I haven’t tried the steak or burgers there…basic elements that are easy to screw up.  In terms of ethnic dishes, such as jambalaya or their wor wonton soup, you really have to take it with a grain of salt.  No, you won’t get the real deal, but with fresh and complimentary ingredients you may get an extrapolation of the origin.  In any case, quality ingredients definitely help. 

cactus club cafe
cactus club cafe

 As mentioned, Gahee & I were gunning for some dessert!  I went for the White Chocolate Cheesecake, which came out all fancy with chocolate on the plate and berries on top of the cake.  The cheesecake was pretty good.  Maybe a little bit better than your average cheesecake?  Smooth.  And the crust was not overly dry.  The berries and chocolate definitely was fun to look at and to eat. 

cactus club cafe
cactus club cafe

Gahee got the Chocolate Lava Cake which came with a scoop of Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream.  The ice cream?  Lovely!! The cake was not half bad.  Unlike some lava cakes the cake on this one wasn’t hard and dry and the chocolate inside was nice and gooey!   

 

I think we were quite happy at the end this meal.  Service was great, the food was great and we had lots of girl talk and picture taking going on.  What fun!

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