Exploring the world one bite at a time

Day: August 13, 2015

Truffles Cafe: “Beautiful terrace”

This café next to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens is really a terrific place to have a drink or a small bite to eat. We only had drinks here, so I can’t commend on the food. You have to order at the counter, but your order is brought to your table. We sat outside enjoying a beautiful sunny summer evening.

I had ordered a mimosa, but the waiter came to our table to tell they were sold out. I was a bit surprised that they didn’t take away the placard that advertised this summer drink. The staff handled the mistake quite well, I didn’t have to pay for the price difference when I changed my order to a glass of white wine.

If you’re looking for a beautiful terrace to enjoy a nice drink with friends, this is a great place.

Truffles Cafe, 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1, Canada
+1 604-505-4961

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Truffles Cafe also on TripAdvisor.

Sage Bistro: “Food is not up to expectations”

We had to wait quite a long time before we got seated. Seemed like all of the waiting staff was busy. Sadly there wasn’t room on the terrace. A pity because the view at Sage bistro is absolutely stunning and the weather was perfect for an outside lunch. Luckily we had a table at the window so we could still enjoy the view.

Sage bistro is a quite stylish place with lots of room for the tables. I really liked the interior design of the restaurant.

Options on the menu all sounded delicious, so we had a hard time choosing. I went for the horseradish root crusted wild spring salmon, one of the recommendations of our waitress. A local caught salmon, sounded great to me. My boyfriend had the ponzu marinated British Columbia Sturgeon.

When our meal arrived, we were thrilled. Both dishes looked gorgeous, the plates were decorated with little edible flowers. But looks can be deceiving. My salmon was average at best. The salmon was overcooked and too dry, the potatoes weren’t crunchy (I suspect they weren’t fresh) and very mushy. A pity, because everything looked so great.

All in all I left with mixed feelings. This restaurant could be great, but expectations weren’t met and the prices were too high for the quality of the meal.

Sage Bistro, 6331 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
+1 604-822-1500

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Sage Bistro also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 3/5, service 3/5, food 3/5.

Queen Elizabeth Park: “Lovely Park with a great view on Vancouver”

This park is situated at the highest point of the city. The view from the beautiful garden with lots of flowers is stunning. Do visit the Bloedel Conservatory. If you love exotic birds, you’ll be able to admire them up close.

Queen Elizabeth Park, 4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2M4, Canada
+1 604-873-7000

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Queen Elizabeth Park also on TripAdvisor.

Museum of Anthropology: “Great museum”

This museum is definitely worth the visit. The architecture of the building is just perfect for the First Nations artefacts on display in the museum. The collection is very big, so you’ll need your time to explore everything. You can also view the objects in open storage, but those objects are not labeled.

I recommend joining the free guided tours. The guides are very knowledgeable and give more insights into the collection and the vision of the museum.

You can also visit temporary exhibitions which are great, but are completely different from the First Nations exposition. We visited an exhibition about Portugues folk art.

This museum is quite far away from the city centre. You’ll need to take a bus and afterwards a shuttle that will bring you to the museum.

Museum of Anthropology, 6393 North West Marine Dr., Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
+1 604-822-5087

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Museum of Anthropology also on TripAdvisor.

VanDusen Botanical Garden: “Lovely experience”

I absolutely adored this lovely botanical garden. One of the most beautiful gardens I’ve been to in my life. Such a gorgeous place. If you have the time, please go and visit. You won’t regret it. This place showcases the rich variety of plant life in Canada. Highly recommended.

Extra bonus points for the coyote just casually strolling around on the mowed lawn.

VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1, Canada
+1 604-878-9274

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about VanDusen Botanical Garden also on TripAdvisor.