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Subeez Cafe: Great for brunch or late night lounging
Subeez is popular in Vancouver among the young and the hip because it has a comfy, trendy vibe which is totally chilled out.
Subeez can be somewhat cavernous at first glance, as it has a mainly concrete interior and high ceilings. This would be more noticeable in the day time when Subeez is at its quietest.
Local artists display their artwork on the walls, so the visual stimulants are always changing. The wax drippings are also a well known feature at Subeez, hanging off the chandeliers and candelabras.
I find, however, the Subeez comes alive at night. This is where the fusion of restaurant, bar and lounge takes place. If you're looking for a pre-club meal, a post-movie dessert date, or a location where you can meet up with a group of friends for endless martinis late into the night, Subeez is ideal. I actually prefer it at night because the atmosphere is much more alive. People tend to be dressed up more at night, the music becomes more prominant and Subeez creates its own vibrant lounge scene.
The seating arrangements within Subeez vary depending on where you are. There's a patio outside along Smithe Street for those who smoke or prefer the outdoors. Inside, the restaurant is shaped like a giant L, with one wing offering booth and barstool table seating, while the other wing has wide picnic-like tables and low-lying chairs. The conjunction of the two wings houses the bar where people commonly mill about, flirting and enjoying the night.
Music at Subeez is ecclectic and refreshing. You won't find headache music or hard thumping R&B. Instead, think of experimental indie rock, pogo-jumping 80's revival pop, heart-breaking country soul, or that latest track by Modest Mouse. The music never overwhelms Subeez, but can be noticed by critical music lovers who listen.
Servers attitudes can range from genuinely friendly to flatly dead-pan indifferent. I've been to Subeez many times and I find myself always coming back; it always suits my mood.
Favorite Dish: The smoked salmon eggs benny for brunch is great way to start off a lazy weekend morning.
"Coffee" at Subeez is served French bistro style. It's actually an Americano (espresso with hot water) served to you on a silver tray with a glass of water.
The grilled chicken & brie sandwich is tasty and perfect for lunch when you want more than soup or salad, but you don't want to eat so much that you make yourself sick. This sandwich (served with mesculin greens salad and garlic mayo fries) will satisfy your hunger.
For $10, you can't go wrong with the ahi tuna burger cooked medium rare, served with a slice of orange in the bun, and wasabi mayo. The burger comes with mesculin greens salad and garlic mayo fries. The fries are thin and crispy like traditional French pomme frites.
Be sure to take a look at the ever-changing dessert bar. There are always great cheesecakes and other sweet concoctions to be tasted.
Hard to find in Vancouver but available at Subeez is elderflower water. It's a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage which is served chilled in a wine glass. It has a subtle floral taste reminiscent of wine white. This is my favourite.
However, for those looking for a slight buzz, the espresso martinis are dangerously delicious! My new favourite however as their bourbon sours!
Subeez Cafe: Hip crowd at a hip part of town
This place is huge! It appeals mostly to the young crowd from yaletown, but it's definately worth a try for everybody. The food is good, and the ambiance is very cool. There's tons of eclectic art around and a very relaxed atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Tiramisu!
Subeez Cafe: Eclectic and Funky
The sister restaurant of Waazubee's on Commercial Drive. This candle-lit, funky restaurant is not prized on its lax service. What is great are the chicken and brie baguette, garlic-mayo fries, warm goat cheese salad, or pasta entrees. Always a great selection of martinis. The fresh-pressed apple juice is delicious.
Subeez Cafe: Eclectic and Chill
This is a great spot to come it you have time to kill. The service can be slow, but some times that's a good thing! Subeez has a great ambience with industrial style decor, cool music and local art pieces dress up the walls.
Favorite Dish: Lots of things are great. But if you are looking for something simple to share. The garlic mayo curly fries are great!
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