October 4, 2004
Water Street Cafe is picture perfect. It has big baskets of fresh flowers hanging from the patio. It has an attractive patio and big glass window overlooking busy Water Street. I went by looks on this one and headed to the door.
I couldn't have been offered a better table. I was seated right in the window and my view was directly across the street to the steam clock. It was a great people-watching table. The patio was empty as it had been raining most of the day, so my view was totally unobstructed.
The waitress took a bit long to come, but it was okay as I was enjoying the view. When she came I ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio. It was a perfect time of day to rest my feet inside a nice dry cafe with a nice glass of wine.
For lunch I ordered a very simple spaghetti ali olio. It’s simple noodles with garlic, butter, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. The meal was so simple, yet so perfect. The pasta, which sounds simple, can (and often is) be screwed up by overdoing it. This however was perfect and delicious. I was very content enjoying it with the wine and watching the world (or at least Vancouver) go by.
My one small complaint may have been that my waitress must have been the hide-and-seek champion of her grade school, as she was very hard to find. If I did want something, I had to turn my head and put on my customer-in-need face. The floor was full of wait staff, but never my waitress. However, when she did show up, she was delightful and pleasant. On the other end of the scale was my busboy who kept watch on me and always kept my water glass full, offered more bread, and cleared my plate seconds after I had finished. I wouldn't call the service bad, and I didn't even mind as the atmosphere was so charming and so great for just sitting and relaxing.
Water Street Cafe is a great place. It's front and center in old Gastown, and, on the day I was there, there was a delightful mix of locals and tourists. The two ladies next to me were local and had just taken a break from shopping to come in to share a dessert. I can understand why this cafe is so popular; the lunch here was a perfect part of my trip.
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