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Reviewed May 3, 2020

Despite spending my formative years around The Drive, I don’t really make it out here much anymore. During one early January morning, I found myself in the neighbourhood and decided to check out Tangent Cafe, which is located a bit further south down Commercial Dr....I decided to take a seat at the bar and ordered the Smoked Meat Hash ($16) with a Hot Chocolate. The hash consisted of hash browns, smoked meat, red bell peppers and onions all shredded up and pan-fried then topped with 2 fried eggs. It wasn’t bad but the hash brown potatoes could have been crisped up a bit more and I felt they needed more onions and seasoning. I think I would have preferred it if the Montreal-style smoked meat wasn’t as finely hashed to add some textural contrast. That being said, the egg yolks were nice and runny and soaked up nicely in the hash. I also quite enjoyed the chewy texture of the dark rye that came with my meal. A few things on the downside were all of the sticky ketchup and hot sauce bottles. They also didn’t bother to check in on me at all during my visit so service could have been friendlier.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 26, 2020 via mobile

My son and I met for brunch there this past weekend. Awesome little spot, and the food was good. Not the BEST brunch I have had, but certainly holds its own. The service was impeccable and quick. Definitely recommend.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 19, 2020

Very welcoming, great service and good food. We had a regular breakfast and an order of pancakes. The portions were good and the food cooked as asked. Open from 8 to 2 every day so I would go back for an early breakfast as you...could order individual portions or a good sized menu of brunch and breakfast items. Go early to avoid the lineup.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed August 29, 2019 via mobile

Visited a few times on a recent trip to Vancouver and felt like I’d been coming for longer. Staff and patrons were really friendly. Great non fussy breakfast menu and popped my Cesar cherry - yum. Was a popular spot and fully recommend.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

Some of the best roti I’ve ever had, crispy on the outside, slightly soft in the middle. Great atmosphere, laid back and casual. The curry was good. Nice to sit at the window and people watch while we ate.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

I'm giving this 2 stars because I used to love everything about this place. I used to go here a lot and have great food with great service but I went last weekend with the family and the coffee was revolting like really, really disgusting,...the waitress hated us and the food was not good. I was embarrassed I suggested it. Bring back the tangent I used to love...what happened?!More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 2, 2019 via mobile

Whilst on holidays in Vancouver we were brought here. It was early evening and we were seated immediately in a lovely corner area. Staff were amazing, friendly, efficient and very cooperative. If you like a bit of jazz well this is the place, perhaps a...little loud for the size of the area but extremely entertaining. The food was delish and prices reasonable. Definitely try it out. EnjoyMore

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

We went for brunch today and had an excellent meal. Double Caesar’s on for $6.50. Everyone had eggs Benedict. We only had to wait about 15 min which was a pleasant surprise. Great service and great food!

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

We went on a sunny Friday at noon. They were busy, and warned us we might have to share a table with another couple, though this didn't come to pass. They have a broad beer selection, and eye offering both lunch and breakfast items. In...had the farmer's omelette, which was a tad meat-heavy for me, though it was as promised. My wife had eggs Florentine. Both were tasty. The hash browns were notably good. We plan to go back soon. They don't have an espresso machine, which seems a serious lack, especially in this neighbourhood. We didn't have dessert. My daughter tells us it's child-friendly.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

Commercial Drive is a bustling place with ample options for food across the spectrum of style, genre, and price. If you want great, friendly service, elbow room, a the ability to hear what your friend is saying without anyone having to shout, a distinct lack...of sports on screens, decent prices for quality food from either the East or West menus (burger pub standards or Asian fusion), non-jacked up or watered down craft beer prices pulled from clean lines, and a range of excellent evening live music experiences cover free, then I wholly recommend Tangent Cafe. Whether you’re whiling away the time before a late night screening at the Rio, or catching up with coworkers after a busy work day for an unwind pint, for me, this is the most comfortable, positively atmospheric place on the drive.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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  • Tangent Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4