3594 W 4th Ave
T: 604 733 8308
It really pains me to write negative reviews but considering that I had written such a positive post on this establishment a few years ago, I feel I need to give an updated review to reflect the changes that I experienced. I do recognize that this might have been a one-off bad day for them but that doesn’t change the fact that our overall experience was incredibly disappointing.
B and I are generally at a loss on weekends when we try to think of a reliable place for brunch. Our usual spot used to be DB Bistro. And then it closed. Now, we frequent Refuel for brunch. And now they are closing (on March 24). And we love Nelson the Seagull. But they aren’t open on Sundays. So what to do? We try new places until somewhere knocks our socks off enough that we return and become regulars. Well, that ain’t gonna happen with Aphrodite Café. We had a few good experiences a few years ago but we haven’t been back recently due to the constant line-up there but we gave it a try this past weekend and I was excited – I wanted pie!
Well, we stood in the doorway (yes, hard to believe that there was no queue) and we waited to be seated as instructed by the sign at the entrance. And we waited. Servers passed us by with no acknowledgement. And we waited. I don’t know about you but I feel that if I’m going to go into an establishment and pay money for food, I would hope to be greeted within a reasonable time frame, even if it is just a “We’ll be with you in a moment”. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case at Aphrodite. We were finally seated and ignored. Again. It took us about 10 minutes to place our order. We discovered dirty cups at our table and after finally getting our order, the food was disappointing. My hash browns were cold and stale as if they had been sitting out for a long time, my benny was cool, and the coffee was awful. The pie? Well, the pie was good actually.
Back Bacon, Baby Arugula & Grilled Tomato Benny
Biscuits and sausage
I feel that the most disappointing part of the experience was the value for money. Aphrodite is not cheap – my benny was $18 – and from what I was served, the price wasn’t justified. I really hope that they were just having a bad day.