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My friend and I had dinner at Gastown and didn’t feel like having dessert at that place. Thinking about tea or dessert place, there weren’t any places near Gastown, coming up to my mind, except cheesecake place. So, we decided to walk a bit further, and I remembered this place cafe.

It was Giovane Cafe + Winebar, located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. You can find a big yellow “g” sign at the entrance. There are a cafe counter and a deli counter. At the cafe counter, you can order coffee, tea, or pastries, and you can seat and enjoy them.

We ordered from their dessert menu.

Tea

Tea at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

Her choice, Sacher Torte

Sacher Torte at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

According to Wiki, Sacher Torte is a Viennese specialty. It looked so dense. Raspberry gummy (?) was on top, and the gummy or dense jam was inside the cake, too.

My choice, Classic Tiramisu

Classic Tiramisu at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

I don’t know what “classic” Tiramisu means, but I liked this one. It was so soft and light, so you could eat it in sec! :p

And, I took out this for Collin. This is his favorite. 🙂

Sugar Bun
(Sugared sweet bun filled with vanilla pastry cream)

Sugar Bun at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

It is nice to know a quiet cafe that opens until late.

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Giovane Cafe + Wine Bar

Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Burrard and Thurlow streets; Accessible from Cordova)
TEL: 604-695-5501
Facebook: page (for Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel)
Twitter: @giovanecafe
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert
[Mon – Sat] 6:00 – 22:00
[Sun] 6:00 – 17:00

Menu

Dessert Menu at Giovane Cafe + Winebar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Classic Tiramisu $7.00
– Sacher Torte Unknown
– Sugar Bun $4.00

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So, I mentioned a couple of times in the previous posts that my friend’s birthday was coming up. I picked some restaurants for the dinner, and the birthday girl chose one, which was Siena. When I called them and asked if we can bring some cake with us, a lady, who answered the phone, said not allowed due to the health/sanitary concern. I understood their point of view. While I was discussing with my friends what we wanted to do, either change the restaurant, or no cake to bring but order at the restaurant or go somewhere else for dessert, I got a returning call from the lady, saying we can bring cake but they will charge $2.50 per person. Anyways, I made a reservation online at the end. 😀

Siena Restaurant is at lively South Granville, a couple blocks away from Broadway. They are a casual Italian restaurant where can serve maybe 40 people.

We were a group of five, and two boys decided to go for Prix Fixe, three course meal, and the rest of us, girls went for antipasti to share and ordered each entree.

Antipasti (for two)
(Asparagus Salad, Smoked Salmon, Olives, Salmon Mousse, Sopresetta, Orzo Salad, Roasted Garlic, Focaccia, Lentil-Pepper Salad)

Antipasti (for two) at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

This antipasti was enough to share with three people. We even offered to the others, who ordered Prix Fixe, to have some. I, personally, liked asparagus salad and salmon mousse. As we shared with everybody, we asked extra focaccia.

Focaccia

Focaccia at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Appy from Prix Fixe, Baby Arugula Salad
(Limoncello Vinaigrette, Parmesan)

Baby Arugula Salad at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Linguine con Vongole
(Clams steamed in White Wine, Garlic and Olive Oil)

Linguine con Vongole at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The birthday girl was so happy to have this. Actually, the reason why she decided to go to this restaurant was the picture of vongole on their website! 🙂 And, you know what? It tasted great!

Spaghettini alla Puttanesca
(Tomato, Chili, Garlic, Anchovies, Olives, Capers)

Spaghettini alla Puttanesca at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The other girl friend went for this, and she said it was salty. I tasted, and I thought the saltiness came from olives.

Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto
(Qualicum Bay Scallops, Oven-dried Tomatoes)

Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

This was what I ordered. The first bite of the risotto made me think. The second bite made me ask my friends to try. For the third bite, I asked salt, because it was so bland. Although the server brought salt, the owner or manager came and offered to make a new one. The scallop was perfect, though. Yes, the risotto was fine at the second time.

Entree from Prix Fixe, Grilled Flat Iron Steak
(Salsa Verde, Roasted Fingerlings, Arugula, Parmesan)

Grilled Flat Iron Streak at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Collin ordered this one. He said it would have been better if arugula didn’t hide steak.

Entree from Prix Fixe, Braised Lamb Ravioli
(Citrus Gremolata, Brown Butter, Pecorino)

Braised Lamb Ravioli at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The other boy friend ordered and loved this one. Yet, he wished there were more ravioli in the plate. 🙂

Dessert from Prix Fixe, Vanilla Gelato with Balsamic Fig Syrup
(Almond Thyme Biscotti)

Vanilla Gelato with Balsamic Fig Syrup at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert from Prix Fixe, Chocolate Hazel Torte
(Orange Caramel)

Chocolate Hazel Torte at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

And, the birthday girl received a glass of complimentary sherry (?) from the restaurant.

A glass of complimentary sherry at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert from a bakery cafe we brought in.

Dessert from a bakery cafe

I won’t reveal where those are from now. (Well, you must have known!) Look forward the next post.

Anyways, even though we were five of us, they didn’t charge the fee $2.50 per person for five, maybe because two of us ordered their dessert with Prix Fixe.

Siena Restaurant

Address: 1485 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(A few steps east from Granville Street)
TEL: 604-558-1485
Facebook: page
Twitter: @SienaVancouver
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Dinner
17:00 – 22:00 daily

Menu

Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver
Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Red Wine Bottle, Chianti $45.00
– Antipasti (for two) $18.00
– Focaccia $4.00
– Linguine con Vongole $18.00
– Spaghettini alla Puttanesca $17.00
– Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto $24.00
– Prix Fixe $29.00 each
– Additional price for Ravioli $3.00
– Open Food to bring cake from outside $7.50 ($2.50 per person)

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