Cafeteria: Not Your Ordinary One

Diana Chan April 5, 2011 Three Beakers, Vegetarian

Flo organized another food gathering after our time at L’Abbatoir. Irv highly recommended that we all go to Cafeteria, so we all went for our next foodie adventure!

There were 6 of us in total, so we thought the smartest thing would be to get a reservation. When Flo called Cafeteria, we were informed by them that there would be an enforcement of the 3 course meal for everyone in our group. They were trying a new tactic since they are quite popular. We did not want to force our entire party to such a restriction so, we decided to go at 5:30pm and wait for a table of 6.

I was the first to arrive at Cafeteria. The exterior was not amazing, so I almost walked past it. It’s on the corner of the street. The dining area is quite small. Probably seats 9 parties at a time? At 5:30pm is was not very busy.

I wanted to grab the table of 6, but they would not allow me to get the table until the whole party arrived. So, I sat and waited till the rest arrived. We didn’t wait long for a table.

Their menu is laid out like how a high school menu would look like, but in this case the items described on the menu is quite exquisite and nothing you would find in a school cafeteria.

The menu changes daily, so it’s always a surprise what will be on the menu.

You can order ala Carte or just go for the 3 course meal ($32.50). Starters at $10, Mains are $19…so if you wanted to get both, might as well just get the 3 courses right? It does get pricy really fast.

Half of us ordered the 3 courses and and others got ala carte.

Some got the Duck confit salad ($10). It also comes with  blood orange,  lyonnaise onion, and pink peppercorn.

At first glance, you wonder where the duck is, but the good stuff is underneath the greens. I didn’t eat this, so I really can’t tell you much about it.

I started off with the Tuna Salad Nicoise ($10). It is essentially a mixed salad. There was potatoes, anchovies, quail egg, capers, and so many other ingredients. I liked the different textures coming together.

Others got the Grilled Veal Chop ($19). It comes with Scalloped Potaotes, and french beans .

Flo ordered the Ruby trout fillet ($19). It has grapefruit on top, almonds, mint, brown butter. It sits on top of some mashed potatoes.

I ordered the Chicken scaloppine ($19). It comes with wild mushroom risotto with marsala sauce. This dish has 2 thinly sliced chicken breasts and it was very very delicious and moist! The wild mushroom risotto was SO good! Mushrooms with Risotto = <3

The marsala sauce mixed well with both the chicken and the risotto.

The dish was garnish with a broccolini, which is a thinner version of the usual broccoli.

For dessert there was the Peanut butter pie ($6.50). It came on a bed of banana cause and a side of vanilla ice cream. Even though it is called “pie” it is not what you would imagine. Eating this was like devouring a Reeses cheese cake.

The banana sauce was very very good and was not overly sweet. Banana lovers would go nuts for this.

I ordered the Butterscotch pudding ($6.50) It is topped with honey comb. I did not love this dessert, it was good for the first few bites but after a while, I really could not stand eating such a rich and heavy dessert.

Overall, the food at Cafeteria was good but I would not go out of my way to eat here since other joints on Main are in a lower price range. Even though this is so, this does not stop lots of people from lining up for Cafeteria. When we left, the line up was out the door!

Words of Wisdom:

  • Mandatory 3 course set when reserving for 6+ people
  • Metered parking on Main Street
  • Free parking on perpendicular roads
  • Long Line ups after 6:30pm

We Rate Cafeteria:


2702 Main Street
Vancouver, BC


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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.