Canyon Ranch Café


Venetian (last visit: November 2008).
Spa Cuisine.

Think you might have overdone it yesterday with that seventh dessert? Tired of ten egg omelets? Then try the Canyon Ranch Café.

The Menu
Part of the Canyon Ranch Spa complex, offerings are generally light, healthy and at least reasonably low calorie. Calories and grams of fat are listed next to each choice. Breakfast offerings include eggs, cereals, fruit, and the occasional guilty pleasure - but even then portions are reasonable and fat is controlled. For example, you can get two breakfast sausage links for a mere 140 calories and 6 grams of fat.

The Atmosphere
It's a moderately small place, with Spartan furnishings. There's a food bar in addition to traditional table seating; behind the bar is a window overlooking a courtyard. Most customers are dressed as if they came from the spa. Service is acceptable, although hardly stellar.

The Food
I've eaten breakfast here three times. My first meal was a fruit plate with yogurt and granola. The fruit was fair: mostly chopped apples, plus some grapes and a few berries. Plain yogurt was pretty good. What saved the dish was a small amount of granola. It was both crisp and chewy, had lots of nuts and dried berries, and overall had excellent flavor.

Based on that first meal, I returned for a bowl of granola and skim milk (yogurt also available); 260 calories and 8 grams of fat. Delicious!

Next, I tried a Southwest Scramble: organic eggs, tomatoes, onions and green chilies, plus some diced potatoes and a little fruit; 305 calories, 14 grams fat, 4 grams fiber. It was actually pretty good - worth getting again.

This is hardly a gourmet restaurant, but I'll gladly return for more of their excellent granola.

The Bill
Granola was $6; fruit with yogurt and granola was $10; the Southwest Scramble was $13; glasses of juice run around $5.

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