Recently I went for lunch at Bel Cafe – the new cafe in the Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver. I had eaten sugary snacks there before and gone for hot chocolate and coffee. However, this time I was determined to eat a proper meal and I was not disappointed.
I ordered the winter squash soup, while my fabulous friend ordered the roasted butternut squash sandwich. I actually clapped when the adorable bespectacled server delivered this bowl of fabulous goodness. The soup was rich, smooth and creamy, with a healthy dollop of what I believe was creme fraiche and a smattering of pumpkin seeds. Happy food sounds came out of my mouth in between stuffing my pie hole with this stunning masterpiece.
My friend’s sandwich was a tasty melange of butternut squash, arugula, asian pear, brie and apple marmalade. She was equally happy with her choice, as was I when I had a nibble 🙂
After this experience at Bel Cafe, we couldn’t resist going back again with another friend. This time we tried the soup and half sandwich combo and dessert! I had the spiced pulled chicken chicken sandwich, a delicious blend of chicken, bibb lettuce, carmelized onion, harissa aioli and provolone that had just the right amount of heat to it. The small bowl of winter squash soup was perhaps a bit too much food for my stomach to handle….tape worm must be on strike.
Thankfully my pal tapey made a comeback as I found room for dessert. As part of the hot chocolate festival (which requires further investigation and reporting), Bel currently has a special hot chocolate with orange and cardamom, together with a dark chocolate cookie. The hot chocolate was like a high end liquid Terry’s chocolate orange, whereas the chocolate cookie was moist and rich.
However, my newest obsession is their lemon tart. With just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect amount of tartness, this tart is absolute perfection 🙂 Ceci and I are already dreaming of more tarts in our future!