Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rob Feenie duck sandwich at Cactus Club

Click to add a blog post for Cactus Club Cafe on Zomato Last time I was at the Coal Harbour Cactus Club was in December, and I remember not being impressed, but I also didn't have any Rob Feenie specials either. I vowed to only order "RF" marked menu items, so when I got dragged over there for brunch today, that's how I read the menu.

Location is great except you probably don't want to linger outside too long during the day because the exhaust from the float planes does drift up.
Patio seating is very good on a sunny day. If you are early enough for brunch, you can ask to retreat further in under more shade if the sun gets too much.
Don't be put off by no-reservations-for-brunch as the location is big enough for there to be ample seating. Larger groups should definitely try a reservation, and I did see a couple of parties of 8-10 with outdoor sunny seating.

BBQ Duck Clubhouse ($17.75) peking duck, roasted chicken, prosciutto di modena, pecan fruit bread. Created by chef Rob Feenie.
  • Not the worst sandwich ever, but definitely the worst for the price they were asking.
  • "Pecan fruit bread" sounded interesting, except it tasted like double-baked bread and was hard as biscuits. Which made eating this sandwich an annoying chore, not only because you've got dry and hard biscuit but the crunch helped the sandwich fall apart. From the get-go you will have some chunks of "bread" falling off (not just crumbs).
  • "Peking duck" is duck meat. Not the best part of Peking Duck, which is the skin. Not even any tasty duck fat.
  • Nothing particularly tasty here and no standout flavours either despite the interesting-sounding description. Definitely nothing to justify asking $17.75. Go to Sliders instead, unless you need to impress friends with the view of smoggy float planes bobbing up and down in the harbour.
  • Comes with a small side. Default is fries, which were very decently done.
Service was good, water top-ups and clearing of dishes also very prompt, and they get points for that.

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