Restaurant review – The Nice Cafe
While this could be categorized as “cheap eats” (the food is really inexpensive), I think I’d like to call The Nice Cafe one of the two best brunch places I’ve been to recently (Rhizome and Crave being the other two). Surprisingly enough, all these three are located within 5-10 minutes walking distance, around Main Street.
H and I had talked about trying The Nice Cafe since a couple of weeks ago so we finally made it. The only down side – the wait in line can be substantial (20-30 minutes) if you arrive during peak time. But, there are several upsides.
First, the service is absolutely fantastic. Even though their place is packed and people keep ordering food, the staff will always have a smile in their faces and wish you “Good Day”.
Second, the food is really good (did I mention inexpensive too?) – I had ‘burger steak with eggs, hashbrown and toast’ (burger steak AKA ground meat patty), and it was enough to fill me until 7 pm.
Third, the location is almost unbeatable. Hidden on East 8th Avenue and almost Main Street, The Nice Cafe is technically “off the road”. However, you can still do a lot of shopping, art gallery viewing and walking around Main Street and you won’t be bored. And if you need a mall, there’s always Kingsgate Mall.
At the end of our meal, the lady who apparently owns the place came and talked to us and gave us pointers as to when to arrive next time (peak time 10am to 2 pm). Since my brain doesn’t start functioning until after 10.30am, I doubt I can get there any earlier.
I would strongly recommend The Nice Cafe for anyone who would like to come visit East Vancouver (Main Street) if they live in Kitsilano/Point Grey/Fairview Slopes. To those friends of mine who muster the strength and face a long commute to come join me for brunch around my neck of the woods, thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart. You know who you are