Cafe de l’Orangerie is a cute Japanese cafe that serves up scrumptious fusion pasta and rice dishes. You can read about my first review here. The location is a bit obscure as it’s located in a strip mall, so for first timers it might be a bit hard to navigate the neighbourhood.
Knowing how busy this place gets, my friends and I decided to have an early dinner here for 5pm. Everything on the menu here is pretty tempting, but I decided to stick with my go to dish (Masago de Creamy Spaghetti) to avoid disappointment 😛
They change up their drink and food specials from time to time.
Chicken Karaage ($6.50) Bite sized pieces of juicy fried chicken with mayo. Bob had warned me in advance that their batter is a lot different than other Japanese places that serve chicken karaage. The dish was heavily battered and extra crispy, but the chicken pieces were still relatively juicy, tender, and well-seasoned.
Curry Hamburger Creamy Spaghetti ($13.95) Since it was Bob’s sister’s first time here, she wanted best of both worlds and went with this dish. She didn’t really have much to say about this dish other than the fact that the hamburger steak tasted more like pork than beef and that the consistency was more like a meatloaf than hamburger. The steak tasted bland without the curry sauce, so it’s best to eat it mixed in with the sauce!
Cafe de l’Orangerie’s rice dishes come with a side salad.
Masago de Creamy Spaghetti ($9.80)The spaghetti noodles were served al dente with squid, mushroom, asparagus, and fish roe in cream sauce. Quality of this dish has been consistent which I’m glad! Again, it’s really hard to exactly describe the taste of this dish since it’s so unique. I can’t stop raving about this dish 🙂
Pumpkin Pudding Tart($6.00) New dessert to welcome the Fall season! Bob’s sister spot this on their dessert display case. The pumpkin tart was served with a generous scoop of ice cream. The base of the pumpkin tart was very disappointing! The pie crust was flat and bland tasting. However, I thought the pumpkin filling had a nice consistency and smooth in texture. Pumpkin taste was a bit subtle, but it went well with the much needed ice cream.
1320 W 73 Ave