The other night I wasn’t prepared to cook dinner since I was feeling a bit lazy, and decided to wander down to the Cactus Club in Yaletown (on Davie Street) to grab a bite to eat. It was already getting close to 8 pm, and both my boyfriend and I were super hungry and wanted to figure out something easy before calling it a night. We were also craving some wings – it’d been awhile.
So off we went and grabbed a table in the dining area (versus the lounge, which is great to watch hockey games at – although you have to get there early so all of the good spots aren’t taken up around the bar already).
We of course had to start off with the hot wings. Our server asked us if we wanted the celery sticks and blue cheese as well, and I felt like it might be good to throw something healthy into the mix, so I agreed. Although I’m not huge on blue cheese, I’ll usually have at least a tiny portion of the dip at some point, either on my wings or the celery itself. I found out later (strangely enough), that if you do take this option, you’ll get charged for the celery and dip. I guess most people don’t bother, so it’s come to the point where they have added on the cost if you do.
I actually really like the chicken wings at Cactus Club – they’re nice and spicy but still they manage to stay somewhat crunchy through all that hot sauce. Plus, you get a good mixture of the mini-drummettes and the wings for a bit of variety. I’m sure there are some huge wings fans out there though that can tell me some others that I’ll just have to try. Drop me a note in the comments if you do!
The next thing I ordered was something that I had chosen for lunch about a couple of months back. It’s one of the Rob Feenie menu items, and I remember that I quite liked it so I thought I’d have it again – the Butternut Squash Ravioli. I’d have to say that this time it was a bit too rich for my tastes though (from the truffle beure blanc). I still liked the idea of it – the crispy sage on top of each piece especially and the pine nuts for extra texture. It must’ve been whoever made it this time though – I didn’t feel like it was that rich the last time I had it.
Last of all, we had the Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl – M always gets it with veggies steamed and not fried, so as to feel a bit better about eating it. It can also be quite hearty, with all of the spicy yogurt in it. This to me is alright – there’s generally carrots, red cabbage, peas, lots of yogurt, and chicken over your choice of brown or white rice.
Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
One thing I have yet to try at any Cactus is a good old-fashioned burger. I think that’s what I’ll have on my next stop – I’ve heard that’s pretty good there.
Although I’m not a huge fan of chain restaurants, I’ll still frequest Cactus Club a fair bit, as it’s convenient and I know what I’m getting (plus, it’s often the pick of friends that I’m meeting up with). It can get really packed on weekend nights though, so make sure you’re there early for drinks and have some seating saved up for your friends. Good for watching Canucks’ games as well, although it can be a bit hard to hear with the crowds.