For a quick lunch there on Thursday, I opted for a lemon ginger tea (for $3 you get a whole pot of it), and two of the savoury buns at the counter. Just ahead of me was a young lady agonizing over her choice of what to get. Are they really that good? They weigh in at about $3, and are between a baseball and a softball in size. Comes with an unidentified dip which may have been salad dressing.
Vegan options are basically limited to their salads.
Mumbai Mash Bun ($3.75)
- Looks like a cinnamon bun and is about the same size, except with potato curry. Uneven with the heat -- you might get weakly mild heat throughout, only to bite into a hot spot suddenly.
- Overall it could use more curry-ness, or maybe just more even spicy-heat.
- Quite a very big bun. Soft and fluffy on the inside, but also rather moist. Easy to just tear it into chunks for dipping or enjoying with soup.
- Where's my pesto and tomato and artichoke? There's something baked into the top, but it's contribution was severely lacking.
The wide, clean space also makes for a peaceful oasis in what is otherwise a somewhat scuzzy part of Gastown. The emptiness makes it seem more inviting, especially if you're not into crowds and line-ups, but if you look closely, the cafe is actually quite busy around lunch time, with all the seats at the back taken.
Diner style order-at-the-counter with self-serve water, but there is basic table service (tip a bit at your table to appreciate your server) so you don't have to loiter near the counter waiting for them to finish assembling your order.