For today’s Flashback Friday post, I’m going to share with you one of my favourite dining/entertainment foodie experiences in Vancouver. On Saturday nights, Cafe Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Hotel offers an Italian buffet complete with opera entertainment. I went for the Opera buffet back in 2012 when they had an amazing 50% off deal. It came out to be $25 per person plus tax and tip so it was well-worth it. I enjoyed it so much that I went three times during the promotional period. Here is a review of my experiences with the Opera buffet.
First of all, I found the selection of items at the Italian-inspired buffet to be very good. There is antipasto, a build-your-own pasta station, chef’s selection of entrees, and a jaw-dropping buffet table.
I kept a list of some of the items I had at the buffet and these included:
- panini with soppressata arugula provolone and tomatoes
- crostini basil
- tomato and bocconcini salad
- marinated mushrooms
- pasta salad with artichokes, sundried tomatoes and prosciutto ham
- lamb with an herb crust served with a red wine glaze
- cannelloni with spinach and ricotta cheese
- sable fish and arctic char with a caper citrus sauce
Cheese please with this assorted Italian cheese platter…
The mouthwatering dessert table is sure sign that the buffet is good.
I found myself entranced by the opera singers during their emotional performances. The waterfront views at Cafe Pacifica’s dining room are absolutely stunning and provided a perfect backdrop for the opera stage.
Overall Impression of Cafe Pacifica’s Opera Buffet
The current price per person for the opera buffet to be $52 plus tax and tip. I think the price is pretty reasonable considering you are dining at an upscale restaurant with entertainment. It certainly is a no-frills date night activity complete with good food and entertainment in an elegant setting. Rating: 3.5/5