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Old 03-06-2012, 12:28 AM   #51
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what in the fuck is fingerling potatoes.

it's just fucking tiny potatoes that are fucking fried.
Oven baked, tossed with feta, fresh rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, chervil and thyme, at least from what I remember. Considering that Rob Feenie is the Food Concept artist for Cactus Club alot of the new menu items or ingredients won't appeal to everyone, yet considering their constantly opening new locations every couple months and in prime locations, they have to be doing something right.
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The Hunter Chicken is fucking amazing, I highly recommend it. If you don't plan to eat for a few days, try the butternut squash ravioli - I think it's around 50,000,000 delicious calories.
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Oven baked, tossed with feta, fresh rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, chervil and thyme, at least from what I remember.
Are you hired as their revscene marketing director? All cactus club has, is 5/10 quality food, 7-8/10 quality chicks, and a recognizable name. The restaurant industry is nothing but marketing and familiarity, and sex appeal. Most people have no interest in quality food, or any kind of responsible food production going into their over stuffed stomachs, as is proved by these chains taking over.
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Are you hired as their revscene marketing director? All cactus club has, is 5/10 quality food, 7-8/10 quality chicks, and a recognizable name. The restaurant industry is nothing but marketing and familiarity, and sex appeal. Most people have no interest in quality food, or any kind of responsible food production going into their over stuffed stomachs, as is proved by these chains taking over.
before i start im not saying all this because i work there, im just saying it because cactus is one of the most generous, understanding and organized companies Ive ever worked for and i just want to get my opinion across to people.


If guests didnt have interest in quality food they wouldnt keep coming back for more. People line up at 11am to get in for lunch on most days. Are chefs come in at 5am everyday and start prepping for next day. Our chicken breasts are left in a brine for 24hrs for maximum tenderness and juicyness. All our seafood is QUALITY ocean wise seafood. Our steaks are fresh grain-fed Alberta Certified Angus Beef, which is hand selected from the top percentile of beef in Western Canada.

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We could get are seafood from a Chinese distributor for less but the quality will never be like Ocean Wise certified seafood. We could get are Beef imported from the states but the quality would be shit, thats what restaurants like Montanas does. If you dont believe me go to a Montanas around 530PM on a friday night and then go to a Cactus Club at 530 and see the difference quality makes or lets not even use Cactus as a example lets use a private owned place like Stephos on davie, they get fresh local ingredients too and the quality things that are important that are limited in Canada they import from Greece. They won a million awards and everytime you go by people are waiting in the cold to get in for some quality food.

I wont even get started on the sex appeal and familiarity jazz, im a hospitality management student and i could go on and on and on and on about this lol

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IMO, it's the whole package that Cactus Club offers which is why people keep coming back.

1. The food isn't exactly all that terrible where you wouldn't eat it
2. The food doesn't cost an absolute fortune. It's affordable
3. They offer an overall good, fun experience
4. They make you, the customer, feel special/privileged
5. The list goes on

I normally don't patronize the The Cactus Club simply because it does not appeal to me anymore however, if and when we have colleagues from out of town visiting, I don't mind suggesting to have lunch across the street at Cactus Club. I could take them to Boston Pizza, Red Robin's, or a dive bar but c'mon, seriously? Cactus Club is a safe bet and they're sure to have a good time. Giving Cactus Club a 5/10 for their food is a little harsh. They aren't a Michelin 4 Star establishment and should not be treated as one. They simply cater to a broader or more general audience if you will.
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before i start im not saying all this because i work there, im just saying it because cactus is one of the most generous, understanding and organized companies Ive ever worked for and i just want to get my opinion across to people.

I suppose I am being a bit harsh if we are just going to speak of Cactus alone, because I suppose out of the 3 places I mentioned, they do put more effort into food quality. However, based on the fact that they are even affiliated with that shitstain of a company joeys, and earls, makes it hard not to hate their M.O. You can't be under an umbrella corporation, that has such a blatant lack of morals, and not be lumped in with them. Regardless, if they are paying your bills, and you are enjoying your job thanks to them, good on you. Its not an easy thing to have in the restaurant industry.
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Despite some common roots, I don't think Cactus has had any direct relation to any of the others for a long, long time. They've been consistently ranked among BC's top companies to work so, so obviously they're doing something right (#4 overall in 2011 - 2011 Overall Winners | The Best Companies to Work for in BC)
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I believe the connection is strictly financial at this point.
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Are you hired as their revscene marketing director? All cactus club has, is 5/10 quality food, 7-8/10 quality chicks, and a recognizable name. The restaurant industry is nothing but marketing and familiarity, and sex appeal. Most people have no interest in quality food, or any kind of responsible food production going into their over stuffed stomachs, as is proved by these chains taking over.
I have to disagree. While Cactus does not serve 5 star quality food, some of their menu items (mostly Rob Feenie menu items... Like the butternut squash with prawns, fried sage leaf and black truffle oil ) are excellent!

I agree that the servers are hot, but that alone does not build an empire like Cactus'. They're selling atmosphere and sex appeal but there are plenty of less successful places that have those 2 qualities and shit food

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Hate Cactus all you want, its not going to stop them from opening another location.

Langley City Council approves Cactus Club bid
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Pretty understated, actually... if you want an acid trip without actually dropping acid, go across the street to Milestones and check out their bathrooms.
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LOL hmmm wonder what the demographics of their customers will be like
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