2465 Hastings Street East, Vancouver, BC, V5K 1Y8
The good old diner days have a new slant and the Roundel’s customers revel in it.
|Cuisine Type |||Burgers, American, Diner, Organic, Sandwiches|
|Ambiance |||Good For Kids, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Dining Alone, Family Style|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Lunch, Breakfast, Dessert|
|Amenities |||Local Favorites, No Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Children's Menu, Counter & Bar Service|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa, Cash|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||#10, #16, or #135 on Hastings, #7 on Nanaimo|
|Cross Street |||East Hastings and Nanaimo|
|Mon-Fri: 9AM-4PM Sat-Sun: 8AM-4PM|
Profile Last Updated: March 17, 2008
The Roundel Café first opened its doors in 1965. Bacon and eggs, coffee, pie and burgers were its mainstays. When Dena and Mick took over in 2006 they put a new spin on the classic diner. Vintage Formica tables and retro counter seating are reminiscent of the Café’s early days. The pale blue and yellow motif and the art are, however, all new. They still serve those greasy spoon delights, but with a healthy twist. Not only do the timeless items like omelettes and sandwiches come with organic mixed greens, but there is a noticeable lack of deep fried food. That’s because they don’t have a deep fryer.
Healthier options are not the only means of being “green” at the Roundel. They choose to shop locally, use free-range eggs, stick to organic products, and offer plenty for vegetarians and vegans. They even make their own organic granola! And daily specials are often gluten free and organic. Not only that, but the Roundel is a member of Green Table, an initiative to make the restaurant industry sustainable. This means there’s no Styrofoam. Rather, suppliers whose products are biodegradable are used. Plus 60 to 70 per cent of their waste can either be recycled or composted.
A Tasty Twist
As already mentioned, your conventional eggs and toast get a bit of a twist by coming with salad. But they also come with roasted potatoes and yams. French toast is made with challah, a traditional Jewish sweet bread. And there’s the creative carrot pistachio and blue cheese omelet to try. For lunch, there are the time honoured BLT’s and clubhouse sandwiches. But for those who want to try something new, go for the Date and Feta Salad made with pumpkin and sesame seeds and miso dressing. Or give the Spicy Sesame Tofu Burger a shot. Finish it all off with a four scoop milkshake made in a vintage machine, a delicious cup of coffee and a piece of pie. Yum!