The Wallflower Modern Diner

Restaurant: The Wallflower Modern Diner
Cuisine: American/Eclectic/Diner
Last visited: October 16, 09
Location: Vancouver, BC (Main Street)
Address: 2420 Main Street
Price Range: $10-20

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6Tres Excellent!!

Food: n/a (didn’t try enough)
Service: 3
Ambiance: 3
Overall: n/a
Additional comments:

  • Independently owned and operated
  • Contemporary diner
  • Old fashioned homestyle comfort food/cooking
  • Diner items w/modern twist
  • Simple classics seem more reliable
  • Casual
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Vegan friendly
  • Gluten free friendly
  • Limited wine list
  • Breakfast until 4pm
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Friday and Saturday brunch
  • Closed Sunday

** Recommendation: Burgers, Meatloaf Wellington (but I didn’t get to try it, should be really good based on their burger patties)

I’ve been meaning to try this restaurant every time I’m in the area, but always go for The Foundation in the end. At last, I finally made it. I was reading their menu and specials board but what convinced me was the owner of the shop next door telling me that the food was really good.

It’s not a truck stop diner and not pretentious either. It’s one of those trendy diner places located on Main Street offering homestyle classics with a slight twist. The lighting is a bit dark and the decor is artistic so it has a lounge-like atmosphere during the evening. It’s nothing gourmet and it’s home cooking with a gourmet twist, but there’s effort and it’s affordable. Almost everything is made in house which is great, but it’s also not so amazing that I’m dying to go back. I would go back to try more things though, so I can get a better idea of what they offer.

On the table:

Wallflower Burger4/6 (Very good)

  • Eggplant spread, tomato, cucumber, pickles, lettuce, raw red onion, and melted Havarti
  • This is a piled high burger with fresh ingredients and a thick patty!

  • The highlight is definitely in the patty – and they tell you this right on the menu: “The Wallflower patty is our secret recipe with beef, pork and seasoning.”
  • This patty is pretty delicious I must say. You can definitely tell it’s fresh and homemade.
  • The patty was flavourful with the combination of meats and they worked it just enough so that it was still tender.
  • The first bite was really juicy and delicious, but as it got cold it started to taste dry and not as great, which is somewhat expected.
  • The cucumber was a great addition to this burger and the melted Havarti was generous.
  • The pickle was a little distracting and I don’t think they need it even though I like pickles.
  • It could have used a lot more eggplant spread and no pickle because the pickle kind of overpowered it.

  • I couldn’t really taste the eggplant spread at all and they didn’t give much of it.
  • I’m pretty sure the eggplant spread is the same one they serve as their “eggplant dip” on their appetizer menu.
  • It looks almost like hummus, but doesn’t taste like it.
  • The eggplant is pureed with maybe yogurt because it was tangy with lots of garlic powder and maybe some cumin too.
  • I could barely taste the spread in the burger though – I could only taste the garlic powder from it.

Crab Cake Dinner  – 1.5/6 (Poor-Okay)

  • Crab, curry, onion, apple and peach served with veggies and salad.
  • This was one of their more creative dishes, but it didn’t work out. It was a recommended dish too.
  • There was hardly any crab in the crab cakes.
  • For $12 I didn’t expect much, but it had a lot of filler and breadcrumbs and little crab.
  • The inside was mushy and the the exterior definitely tasted like cardboard unfortunately.
  • It had a thick Panko crust and it also wasn’t crispy.
  • They used some cumin, but overall it could have been saltier. It came with curry mayo for dipping, but it didn’t help.
  • The apple and peach was served on top and I thought it was going to be in the crab cakes.
  • The peaches were canned being October, but the apples were fresh. I wish it was executed more like a salsa.
  • The veggies were zucchini and bell peppers which were simply sauteed and well seasoned.
  • The Caesar salad was standard and lightly dressed with shredded Asiago cheese instead of Parmesan I think.

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5 Comments

  • nicole says:

    I KNEW I SHOULDN'T READ THIS POST BEFORE GOING TO BED. hahahaa I'm craving that burger now!! damnit. I love the Wallflower, even though I've only been twice, but I've been dying to try the meatloaf there! I like the ambience and the fact that they're not pretentious, although the last time I was there, the server wasn't very nice and when I asked about the mushroom soup they used to serve there, she snapped at me and said they didn't serve it there and never have, as if I was stupid. Really did not appreciate that. Other than that though, the food is quite good, I like it there. Good review, I'll def have to go back to try the burger too now.

  • Mijune says:

    oooh so do you have any good recommendations for my next visit? I still want to try the other items, and because it's affordable it makes it easy to.

    LOL at your first comment by the way!

    Yeah I get really bothered by poor service and I try not to let it get in the way of how the food actually is, but it's hard not to since dining out is a full on experience.

  • shokutsu says:

    That's one might big looking burger. The thickness of the bun is a bit offputting though.

  • maryanne says:

    not sure if you got a chance to return or not…

    I always go there for breakfast. they’re darned tasty. omelette with 3 fillings of your choice, potatoes and salad for $7.

    they also have both gluten free and vegan menus too which is a huge selling point for me. 🙂

    oh, and their mushroom bruschetta is delicious.

  • Mijune says:

    Maryanne – hey thanks for the rec! I pass by this place all the time and I’ve been meaning to go back, but then I get distracted by the dozens of restaurants surrounding it. Mmmm mushroom bruschetta sounds fantastic!

    If you need gluten free and vegan, you should also try La Taqueria and Bandidas Taqueria 🙂

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