Gratitude Cafe – Calgary, AB
227 10 St NW
Most people know me as a complete unabashed carnivore. But i have a confession, as I have gotten older, I’ve actually started to appreciate vegetables! Shocking, i know, but im starting to feel out of balance when i eat too much meat, or neglect the fibre and vegetable part of my diet. While I am not turning vegetarian, I can say, I do appreciate good vegetarian food. Like food produced at The Coup, and, i was hoping, the food produced at Gratitude Cafe.
Gratitude Cafe, located in the heart of Kensington, is a rip off of Cafe Gratitude from San Francisco. Much like Delux Burger (Edmonton, ripped from Delux Burger in Phoenix), or Belgo, they have completely stolen the concept, the look, and the menu from an existing establishment. Unfortunately, Gratitude Cafe fails to get the most important part right – good food.
Located in a high turnover location in Kensington, the space is a bit utilitarian, but reasonably comfortable.
Started with a vegetable bean dip/salad. Whatever you want to call it, it was oily, bland, and lacked any semblance of balance, or taste.
Had the hearty lasagna and salad as a main course because i was “amazed”. It was a big pile of mushy pasta, red sauce, and a very large gloop of what i guessed to be soy cheese. Also tasteless and bland.
We had very intermittent service, though it was never near as bad as many other reports online. And yes, i realize this review of Gratitude Cafe (Calgary) is terse, but spending my time eating the food and the adventure in getting the bill was enough time spent on this establishment.
As a comment to all would be restauranteurs out there, please. If you decide to “borrow” a concept from an establishment in another country that is wildly successful, please ensure you manage to deliver the great food along with the catchy slogans and funky atmosphere. I could probably even forgive them for their lack of originality, if it tasted good enough!
Gratitude Cafe did not.