Today I had a busy morning running around to appointments and just wanted a quiet place to eat with a good girlfriend of mine so we could chat over lunch. It was raining quite a bit too, so we both felt lazy and didn’t want to have to walk very far. We were both searching around online for a bit to find something in Yaletown, and came up with the Chez Faye Café, on Mainland between Davie and Helmcken. It’s funny, but I’ve probably walked by it a million times and just haven’t really paid much attention to it. It’s got a large sign out front and isn’t small inside by any means, but now I’ve realized how handy it will be now, since it’s an area I frequent quite often, next to the Starbucks that I’ve to date noticed a lot more.
When we stepped inside, I realized how cozy it was – there were a couple of larger couches near one window, along with some regular tables and chairs. We managed to snag another smaller corner table that had two large high-backed armchairs surrounding it. I noticed a couple of people reading and doing homework near the window and on the couches, and figure that it’s probably a nice quiet alternative to some other coffee shops or sandwich shops in the area.
When looking at the menu above the order counter, I noticed there was quite a variety of options (Japanese, Korean and Thai items, or miscellaneous soups and sandwiches), along with breakfast food that’s served all day.
Today I was feeling like some Korean, so I ordered the Bi Bim Bap. There were the options for just vegetables, or else adding some beef or chicken as well. And of course, there’s a delicious fried egg on top, with the yolk still nice and runny. I chose the beef option, which is served with shredded carrots and cucumber, lettuce, and bean sprouts, over top a bed of jasmine rice. Note that ordering this and a can of pop (well green tea with apple juice in my case), my total came to only $8.53.
When our food was ready, he brought it over to our table (you order and pay at the counter first), along with some sauces for my dish. This included a dark red chili sauce of some type and what I believe to be a Korean dipping sauce that probably has sesame seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil, and some other key ingredients in it. It was delicious when I poured both of these over top of my meal.
My girlfriend just decided on a large bowl of their daily soup, since she was coming to meet me more to get out for a bit than anything else, and it was Italian Wedding Soup. This included some small meatballs (I’d have to say, they kind of reminded me of large kernels of dog food), and barley, with some veggies. The broth wasn’t overly salty but just right, and I did enjoy that part of it.
From what I understand, the sandwiches here are also great, and the fare is inexpensive – it’s basically all you need if you’re looking for a quick lunch or brunch in the Yaletown neighbourhood in a comfortable and quiet, friendly atmosphere.
Chez Faye Café (no website)
1168 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B