So I’ve learned a new word today: orangerie. Apparently, back in the day, when oranges are apparently a luxurious commodity, rich people who had nothing better to spend their money on, decided to create rooms dedicated to the storage of oranges.
Cafe de L’Orangerie, however, did not appear to have anything to do with storing oranges. Rather, they are a cute cafe in Marpole serving up a menu consisting of Japanese and Japanese-Western fusion food. I had their Appetizer Chicken Nanban, Croquette, and Spaghetti Carbonara (with Hamburger Steak).
Appetizer Chicken Nanban ($8):
This consisted of a chicken filet that has been deep fried and is coated in a sweet and sour glaze, and is served with a side of tartar sauce. The chicken itself is white meat, and as such, it’s quite tender and juicy. It was also quite flavourful. However, I did find there to be way too much skin/batter and too little meat; moreover much of the skin was not crispy, but rather soggy and chewy.
Croquette, 2 pc ($6):
The exterior was quite crunchy and crispy. The filling consisted mostly of rice and potato with bits of edamame and ground pork mingled within. It is served with a sauce; I did find the sauce to be a bit too salty however, with the filling being flavourful enough on its own.
Spaghetti Carbonara + Hamburger Steak ($12 + $4):
The spaghetti was tender, while still maintaining some texture, and is tossed in a cream sauce that contained bacon and mushrooms, and was quite savoury and flavourful on its own. The hamburger steak was tender and juicy, albeit a tad bland. I was pleasantly surprised by the portion, which I found to be quite generous for the price.
Although the food at Cafe de L’Orangerie didn’t exactly blow me away, I did still quite enjoy all their food. The prices were very reasonable, especially since they provide quite generous portions. The service was also good: the food came quickly and the staff was quite friendly and attentive. This is definitely worth a visit.