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It was a nice hot day in July. As I was out whole day and night on the previous day, I woke up later and decided to just walk around downtown Vancouver rather than go hiking. While I was walking, I looked for a place to have late lunch. I couldn’t get a better idea, so I stopped by at a food truck.

Cazba Express in Vancouver

Cazba Express in Vancouver

Cazba Express was on Robson street where the road was closed during summer. They have their restaurants in North Vancouver and Davie street and serve Persian food. I’m not familiar with those Middle Eastern food. Is it different from Iranian food? Anyways, I believe this is my first Persian food.

Angus Beef Steak Wrap
(Barg: Tenderized Beef Steak, served with Rice & Cucumber, Lettuce)

Angus Beef Steak Wrap at Cazba Express in Vancouver

Angus Beef Steak Wrap at Cazba Express in Vancouver

Angus Beef Steak Wrap at Cazba Express in Vancouver

The wrap was bigger than I thought, so it filled up my stomach. The beef was tender. Their rice was long one, which is longer than long grain I had ever eaten. I would love to try Kabob next time!

You can check where they are or when they open for special events at the app.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Cazba Express

Address: Robson at Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-980-7373
Facebook: page
Twitter: @Cazbaresto
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
Call or check the site for truck hour due to weather restriction
Event schedule: check on the app

Menu

Menu at Cazba Express in Vancouver

Price Note
– Angus Beef Steak Wrap $7.00
– A bottle of water $1.00

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Collin worked on a day shift and said that he didn’t want to cook that night. He said he could eat this or that, which usually sounds anything is fine. ๐Ÿ˜€ As I had a gift card given by my boss and had it for a long time as well as there was one open in a new location, I suggested going to this restaurant.

Cactus Club Cafe’s new location is beside Canada Place. When we got there, the waiting time was almost one hour, and Collin said he can’t wait. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Cactus Club Cafe at Coal Harbour

Well, I know there is one on Burrard street, so we went there instead. This location is across from the Burrard Skytrain station.

We ordered from their regular menu.

Signature Caesarย 

Signature Caesar at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

Signature Sangria
(Spanish cocktail, fresh Strawberries and Raspberries, Zinfandel, Apricot brandy, Sprite and a splash of Bellini)

Signature Sangria at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

I liked this Sangria. And, so did he! He ordered the large one after he finished his caesar.

Crispy Dry Ribs
(Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper)

Crispy Dry Ribs at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

I believe it is supposed to be salty, but it was so salty. It tasted good, but I felt guilty to eat, because of my health. One or two was enough for me.

Large Sangria

Large Sangria at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

Fajitas with Cajun Chicken
(Black Beans, Salsa Fresca, grilled Cajun Vegetables)

Fajitas with Cajun Chicken at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

Fajitas with Cajun Chicken at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

He seemed to enjoy his Fajitas. He ate them all way faster than I finished mine!

Millionaire’s Cut
(7oz chargrilled Filet Mignon, white wine sauteed creole Jumbo Prawns, buttered Mashed Potatoes, seasonal Vegetables)

Millionaire's Cut at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

Oh, this was a huge meal. It totally filled my stomach. It was so good that I couldn’t stop eating.

It is good to have a gift card when you order expensive food, eh? :p

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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

Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

Address: 588 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Burrard Skytrain station)
TEL: 604-682-0933
Facebook: page or this branch one’s
Twitter: @cactusclubcafe
Urbanspoon: page

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert
11:00 – late daily

Price Note
– Signature Caesar $7.25
– Signature Sangria $6.75
– Large Sangria $9.25
– Crispy Dry Ribs $10.75
– Fajitas with Cajun Chicken $19.25
– Millionaire’s Cut $37.00

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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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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