In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. If you ask me, it takes more than a few cojones to name a restaurant after her and try to create food that incites the qualities she embodies. Aphrodite’s Café does not disappoint. It’s a gem of a restaurant located on 4th near Dunbar. It prides itself on creating simple food with organic, fresh ingredients (and of course, the pies! the pies! the pies!). We visited after a long Saturday morning walk along Jericho Beach.
A sunny morning walk at Jericho Beach is the perfect prequel to breakfast on the “patio” at Aphrodite’s. After enjoying a decent latte, I treated myself to their Salt Spring Frittata. This open-face omelette was overflowing with spinach, carmelized onions (yum!), feta and cherry tomatoes. A great combo for sure. Organic greens, home fries, and multigrain toast with butter and raspberry jam (homemade?) rounded out the plate.
So satisfying to have REAL food – no processed homefries from the freezer, no bland gummy bread or watery iceberg lettuce in sight. I even splurged on an “authentic” chai latte to cap off my meal and it did not disappoint.
The only fly in the ointment, so to speak, was the damn bee that would not leave us alone during our meal. Guess he was an Aphrodite’s fan too…
So right off the bat, I have to disclose that I am a serious Aphrodite’s fan. I have had lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, dessert and have never been disappointed. I am also the proud consumer of more than a few of their superb pies. Breakfast was no exception. I ordered the Spanish Banks Burrito of scrambled eggs, baby spinach, cheddar cheese, fresh salsa wrapped in a Roma tomato burrito, served with organic greens and home fries. Damn it was good.
The scrambled eggs were moist and fluffy, the greens were crisp (although I wondered about having salad with breakfast, but hey, why not?). The home fries, made with new potatoes, were crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Jenn and I also shared an Oyami organic chicken sausage. I thought it was quite pricey at $4.00, but you know it was worth it and I wished I’d dished out a few $$ and gotten my own. It was very meaty, not greasy, and well seasoned.
My only beef? My earl grey tea was an indifferent Tetley.
3598 W 4th Ave (at Dunbar)
Breakfast for 2 cost us $38.33
Jennifer’s rating: 4 out of 5 eggs
Theresa’s rating: 4 out of 5 eggs