Cactus Club Cafe
1125 Douglas St.
Cactus Club is central for party-goers or for watching the game up at the bar. A few friends suggested we meet up for drinks at Cactus, seemed like a good idea. The drink specials at Cactus are worth the trip, for example the night that we went, sleeves of beer were only $3.75. My company enjoyed their drinks( martini’s and margaritas). The decor is done very tastefully, with modern and comfortable furnishings.The bathrooms are cool and I like the mood lighting.
Food: My friend C ordered the spinach artichoke dip with chicken which was delicious. I got the Jambalaya Rice Bowl($15). The dish itself contained a kaleidoscope of colours, and it tasted about the same. There was a lot going on taste-wise, leaving much to discern. The corn and peas seemed an afterthought. The major problems I had with it were the sauce and the shrimp. The sauce didn’t have a lot of depth, which is characteristic of a good jambalaya. The shrimp had a somewhat fishy aftertaste, and a noticed a few of them still had the poop-chute intact which put me off a bit. The sausage and chicken were well cooked, and the scallions added a pleasurable texture. Overall though, I wouldn’t pay 15 dollars for it again. The majority of the menu is expensive ( steaks and seafood), perhaps because of the extravagance of the decor or maybe the location lends itself to a higher priced menu.
Service: This place is notorious for blonde hair extensions, high heels on hostesses, the yuppie mecca before a night-out, and decently attractive staff who know how to push the booze and schmooze. Our server was a bit cut and dry, and hot and cold . When we ordered drinks she smiled, if we said no, stone-face. The bar-tender seemed lazy, even though we were sitting close to it( at times I could have just grabbed the drinks off the bar faster than they got to us).
Overall: Would I go back here? I’ve had decent meals here in the past, but I don’t think the food justifies the price at all. I might go back for drinks if I don’t mind how long they take to come to the table. Overall, fun atmosphere, but schmeh for everything else.