Address: 353 W Pender Street
Price Range: $10 or less
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 11am to 4pm
Step a little closer to Europe and welcome to Finch’s Tea & Coffee House. Opened in 2004, this Italian-English inspired cafe is conveniently located on the corner of Pender Street at Homer Street. It offers a mouth-watering list of sandwiches served on their popular baguettes, cheese plates, salads, breakfast, soup and they even have their very own Finch’s cookie. Of course, this cafe cannot be English inspired without a full menu of teas to choose from. From classic Earl Grey to Organic Rooibos, Finch’s offers over 20+ teas to try! You can access their full menu here: http://www.finchteahouse.com/menu.htm
I went in to try one of their most popular and best-selling sandwiches- the Pear, Blue Brie, Prosciutto, and Roasted Walnuts served on a baguette. It is one of few sandwiches with meat which makes Finch’s a great lunch destination for vegetarians. The sandwich itself is a work of art. Before you bite into it, this sandwich is food for your eyes. Be sure to try this with a Long Espresso!
The ratio of ingredients to bread is just right. As you can see below, they are very generous with their ingredients. The pear is juicy and the prosciutto is thinly sliced to perfection. I won’t share too much with you because you need to try it for yourself and preferably with a friend!
I was lucky to sit and have a chat with the owner about his cafe.
Jamie Smith grew up in Bath, England. Prior to owning his own business, he was an international DJ spinning in both Europe and the U.S.A. He is also an artist and shared that Finch’s was an art project prior to becoming a cafe. Almost all the interior design, decors and even the rustic looking tables were self-crafted by Jamie. He wanted his cafe to have a different feel and culture. Growing up in England and having spent time traveling extensively in continental Europe inspired him to create the look that you see today.
Jamie values the consistency and the quality of ingredients he uses. He also believes in investing back into local businesses. It is important to mention that the ingredients used at Finch’s are purchased from local suppliers. Jamie said this is possible thanks to property owner Vincent Fodera for keeping the rent reasonable.
Large open window concept (left).
Golden framed chalkboard menu (right).
I especially enjoyed the amount of natural lighting that comes in from the large windows. These large windows provide a sense of spaciousness and curiosity for what is happening out on the streets. The golden framed chalkboard menus and soft white curtains bring scenes from romantic movies set in France to mind. I give full marks for the ambiance!
The staff were friendly and they exceeded my expectation when they helped a lost elderly woman after closing time. They offered her water and spoke with someone that would later come and help her.
Overall, this cafe deserves my two thumbs up in their food, ambiance and customer service!