Fresh after a day-long hike in nature, we were looking to refuel our bodies with carbohydrates. Someone uttered the word 'pasta' and an immediate decision was reached - L'Orangerie it is. Tucked away in a quiet residential neighbourhood strip mall, the cafe is always buzzing with activity and foreign Japanese chatter.
Having spent a year abroad in Osaka, Japan, it's always nice to relive the sincerity and attentiveness of Japanese-style service, and L'Orangerie is such a spot in Vancouver where one can taste homemade Japanese food.
Assuming it's your first time to visit, we highly recommend the Masago Creamy Spaghetti, a popular favourite amongst L'Orangerie's customers. You can even add a 'hanbaagu' (homemade hamburger) onto your pasta if you have the appetite for it. My personal favourite is the Spaghetti Carbonara, packed with flavour and with just the right amount of pepper to give it a kick.
The Japanese curry poutine makes for a great starter dish, an innovative twist on Canadian poutine varieties. To complete your meal, take your pick from their homemade desserts, ranging from blueberry cheesecake to a strawberry parfait or delicious roll cake. If you are celebrating a birthday, you are able to reserve made-to-order cakes for your special someone. Take a look at their extensive dessert menu and we are certain at least one item will satisfy your sweet tooth!