Finch’s Tea and Coffee House
Having worked downtown for ages now, I am so bored with all the usual lunch spots that I am perpetually at a loss when someone asks me where to dine in the neighbourhood. That’s why I was delighted to recently discover Finch’s Tea and Coffee House on the corner of Pender and Homer streets – it’s the perfect spot to meet a friend for lunch or a coffee when you’re downtown but don’t want a corporate-feeling venue to convene. I realized immediately that I’m late jumping on the bandwagon because when I arrived at one o’clock on a Friday afternoon, there was a queue out the door which was pretty steady for the entire hour we were there, but we still managed to snag a table for two. Finch’s serves breakfast, salads, soups and sandwiches and I opted for the latter. Their Edam baguette with lettuce, tomato, red onion and an oil and vinegar dressing that brings everything together was a light, fresh and simple sandwich that didn’t skimp on the fillings. I’m always on the lookout for a place to have a great salad and the options at Finch’s look divine – generous portions of tasty ingredients like prosciutto, avocado and brie make them meals in and of themselves. I also sampled their soup which is made from scratch daily – the option that day was fennel and tomato, both puréed to the perfect consistency creating a sophisticated version of the Campbell’s favourite we all grew up on. Finch’s is a no frills kind of place – my sandwich arrived on a sheet of waxed brown paper, the same stuff they use to wrap their take out orders in – but that’s part of their quirky charm. I’ll definitely go back for my next lunch date.
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