1780 West 3rd Avenue
T: 604 731 4645
Brief Description: Quince is a one-stop food shop.You can purchase pre-packaged frozen food, imported grocery items or freshly baked bread from their store front, enjoy a wholesome and delicious lunch or breakfast in the small deli, or partake in a cooking class.
I love the area where I work. Nestled halfway between West 4th Avenue and Granville Island, I have an array of foodie hot-spots all within walking distance of my office. One such foodie hot-spot that (shamefully) had gone under my radar for too long is Quince. I certainly knew of it but I was under the impression that they focused mainly on cooking classes and team-building cooking sessions (such an awesome idea!). Thankfully, I was wrong. Sure, they do all of that too but they also focus on selling pre-packaged, frozen gourmet food to people that want more than just a boxed frozen dinner from a supermarket. Perfect for the lazy foodie with discerning taste! You can eat restaurant-quality food at home without having to do all the hard work.
Quince believes in using high-quality, seasonal, farm-based ingredients and they prepare all the food on-site at their location on West 3rd. I am usually anti-frozen foods, preferring to make things from fresh ingredients myself, but I am comforted by the high-standards that Quince has set for itself. Looking through the selection of frozen foods is like reading from a menu at a high-end restaurant; sumac spiced tiger prawns, hand-crafted wild Dungeness crab ravioli, seared Thomas Reid organic chicken breast with preserved lemons & black olives, and red wine braised lamb shanks are just a few of the very tempting dishes on offer. They even do soups, sauces, stocks and dessert for those who are really out to impress with minimal effort.
The prices are, as you would expect, a bit more than what you would pay in the stores for a frozen dinner but there really is no comparison when it comes to the quality. Quince also sells a small selection of cooking supplies, such as Italian olive oils, local cheeses and imported gourmet groceries. From their small store front, they also do great breakfasts, lunches and hot drinks. You can choose to eat them in or take-out. For breakfast, the house-made granola with natural yogurt, quince and fresh fruit is a great way to start the day and it’s only $6. The lattes, with just the right balance of milkiness to coffee strength, remind me of the coffees that I used to get back in Australia and the lunches have been a blessing on the days that I don’t take my lunch to work. The menu changes daily and offerings include delicious grilled panini’s, sandwiches, soups and a special of the day (usually under $10). They update their daily menu on-line every day and so you can see if it tickles your fancy before going there. For lunch yesterday, I had their chickpea masala with rice and a wonderfully dressed salad. I’ve also had the pleasure of lunching on their chickpea ragout with freshly made garlic toast, the vegetarian chilli with garlic toast and various grilled panini’s and it has all been exceptional. The meals have always tasted fresh and healthy and the serving size is adequate but not big enough to give you that drowsy-at-your-desk feeling. Fresh baked goods, such as breads, cookies and slices are also available.
Final Thoughts: For the days when I want to eat out, Quince has proven itself to be reliable. I wanted to test it for awhile before recommending it but in the past few months I have eaten there frequently (perhaps a little too many times!) and I am happy to report that it is consistently yummy. Quince offers wholesome, quick meals without sacrificing on quality and that is something of a rarity these days.