The Modern Cafe (Nanaimo, BC)

Modern Cafe (Nanaimo, BC)The Modern Café (in Nanaimo, British Columbia) is funky, its decor is eclectic, and the service is great. But the one thing I did notice was that they had a Nanaimo Bar Martini. And that sold me. I recently visited The Modern Café when I stayed in Nanaimo for Stop 2 of my Vancouver Island writing getaway. I finished a solid draft of what the structure of my water governance book would be looking like.

So I gave myself the evening free and went for dinner at The Diner’s Rendezvous (invited by Chelsea) and then we had a drink at The Modern Café, which was very close to the hotel I was staying at (The Coast Bastion Hotel, you can read my post about it here).

The Modern Cafe has been a landmark in the downtown of Nanaimo since 1946. Originally a Chinese Restaurant, the former owner transformed it into what Nanaimo knows it as of today, a truly Modern Cafe with an international style menu and fantastic brick wall interior. Many residents of Nanaimo know us for our great Modern Cafe sign, which many come down to photograph. When the new Owners took over in May they immediately set out to further enhance the style of the Restaurant and improve the menu and the service that customers receive.

The new owners of the Modern Cafe in Nanaimo, Scott Cooper and Bryan Rodier, have an ambitious goal for the restaurant. Their mission is to provide “fine dining at cafe prices” for every customer that enters the Modern Cafe, from foodies, to tourists, to local citizens.

We had already had dinner at The Diner’s Rendezvous so we only came for ONE drink, the Nanaimo Bar Martini. But I absolutely loved it! I will have to stop at The Modern Café next time I’m in Nanaimo enroute to Parksville Uncorked.

Modern Cafe (Nanaimo, BC)


Disclosure: My drink was paid for by Chelsea Barr (Destination Nanaimo). I wasn’t paid to write this blog post, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this post just to describe my experience at the restaurant/bar. As with any review or complimentary post I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.

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  3. Mon Petit Choux Cafe & Bakery (Nanaimo, BC)
  4. The Chuffin Café (Parksville, BC)
  5. The Diner’s Rendezvous (Nanaimo, BC)

Comments (1)

Nancy (aka moneycoach)February 4th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Details! Details! I need details. Did it taste mostly like chocolate? or like the custard part? or booze? or … #intriguedintheNWT
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