PRESTO!

UPDATE 2011-03-01: the restaurant has been closed… Bummer.

We have been going to Cafe Presto Panini 3-4 times now and the experience has been consistently rewarding.

A must have on our list is the excellent Roman Salad.  Its thick slices of prosciutto generously cover the organic greens which are mixed with some fresh and tasty tomato bits along with parmesan (did I detect a hint of Dijon mustard in there?) and balsamic dressing.

We have also tried a few of the paninis and, so far, our favorite is the Chicken Avocado.  The panino almost feels like it melts in your mouth — in a “non-mushy” way, of course ;) — as the tender chicken, avocado, tomato sauce and mozzarella make their way to your taste buds.

The cafe is small, but its following seems strong indeed as one could notice the chef merrily chatting with what seemed to be regulars on 3 occasions (out of 5 occupied tables — good ratio!), as they entered.  It’s always a good sign when you see people coming back for more.  I think they can count us in as regulars now, too. :)

In a nutshell:

Name Cafe Presto Panini
Address 859 Hornby St., Vancouver
Phone 604-684-4445
Food *****
Service Friendly.
Ambiance Simple. Homy.
Price Most dishes hover around $10 each.

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3 thoughts on “PRESTO!

  1. Great blog! Vancouver is a beautiful city.

    Calgary guy here who visits Vancouver a few times a year to get away, visit friends, etc. Coming to Vancouver for the long weekend, so I will check out your Cafe Presto for lunch one day. Thnx for the review. Plus Vandusen, China town, Sea Wall, VAG, Granville Island, etc, etc, etc. Got a deal at the Opus, so will check out Yaletown as well this trip. Suggestions of other things to do on the long weekend?

    Cheers,
    Tom

  2. Hi Tom,

    If you do go to Cafe Panini Presto, just remember that they are closed on Sundays.

    Since you’ll be staying in Yaletown, if you’re in the mood for sweets, I suggest you give Ganache Patisserie a try — it’s steps from your hotel. Also, I’ve never tried this one, but some friends tell me “Subeez” (still in Yaletown) has a great brunch.

    For other options on the tourism front, maybe you can get a few ideas from my “A Weekend in Vancouver” articles (Day 1 and Day 2).

    If I have to give one suggestion, it would be to go to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden — but you have to pray for a great guide to give you the tour.

  3. Thnx Alain!

    I will check out the Yaletown tips, I usually stay in the West End or with friends near City Hall so this will be a new part of town to explore.

    The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is very cool, I visit it every time i’m in Vancouver. A Sunday morning treat is to wander thru the Park and Philosophers Garden and then go for Dim Sum at the Park-Lock Seafood Restaurant (and a stop at a Chinese bakery for a coconut cocktail bun). Saturday is usually an early morning walk around the Seawall, and breakfast at the Sylvia (I love the view of English Bay).

    I’m hoping for sunny weather like in your Tulip photog’s.

    Cheers

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