Aphrodite’s Organic Café and Pie Shop prides itself on serving the finest local, organic, in season, sustainable food available in and around Vancouver. They work directly with local organic farms to ensure that their menu has the smallest ecological footprint possible. They happily cater to any dietary concerns and are able to substitute items for customers who are intolerant or allergic to certain products. Ocean Wise seafood, organic, non-medicated, free-range poultry, red meat and eggs are offered, and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are also kindly available on their menu. Their “Fresh Sheets” menus change daily, ensuring the freshest ingredients. Although they’re open for brunch, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week – they are undeniably most famous for their large selection of organic pies!
Located on 4th Ave near Alma, in Kitsilano, there are three dining areas in the establishment, and the far side also includes a takeaway pie shop. The decor is eclectic, with paper mache characters hanging from the ceilings, above checkered floors. Little floral lamps live on wooden tables throughout the restaurant. Healthy and high quality ingredients are so important to Aphrodite’s, that even their ketchup is organic!
During my first experience at Aphrodite’s Organic Café and Pie Shop, I had some decadent French toast and had been yearning to return to indulge in more items. I finally made it back on Sunday and the food was just as incredible as my inaugural visit.
Smoked Sockeye Salmon Benny ($18) with mizuna greens, lemony hollandaise, sesame seeds, on an English muffin, and served with rosemary home fries and garden greens. Heaven. Produce was bursting with freshness and flavour – like they had just been picked from the garden. Poached eggs with their bright yolks were cooked perfectly, and English muffin was freshly baked.
Aphrodite’s Stuffed French Toast ($13) – Thick cut bread stuffed with seasonal fruit cream cheese, served with maple syrup and organic chantilly (sweetened and flavoured) whipped cream. Wow. This dish was amazing. The fresh homemade bread was lightly coated, and then cooked exquisitely to ensure crispiness. Blueberry was the dominant flavour in both the cream cheese and fruit coulis. The whipped cream was lightly sweetened and had a hint of vanilla. It was also expertly whipped resulting in the softest, light and as air crème.
Since it was the weekend, the place was hopping for Sunday brunch. Service was nonchalant, but that’s the vibe there – a laid back type of joint, and a place where you can relax with friends over amazing food and a great cup o’ joe. Bottomless Salt Spring fair trade, organic coffee ($2.75) was excellent. Although the bottom of my cup did have quite a lot of coffee grinds, but hey it’s organic coffee, so it’s healthy fiber right?!
Aphrodite’s is a conscious company that also delivers on taste. Now that’s a restaurant I want to frequent! If you have food sensitivities or simply appreciate ethical establishments, you’ll want to run to Aphrodite’s — this place beats the Naam by a longshot.