Cadeaux Bakery

If there’s one bakery that might compete with Trafiq as my favourite place in all of Vancouver it’s Cadeaux. While I’m most fond of their cakes, which they typically offer in 3 varieties – London Fog, Carrot, and a rotating chocolate flavour – they make a good selection of other tasty treats, all of which are made with care and quality ingredients. During my latest visit, I had a slice each of their London Fog and Raspberry Latte cakes. Unfortunately, to my chagrin, I saw that they had not yet sliced their London Fog cake, which meant that I’d be stuck with an end piece (the 3rd time this has happened), which is not only not very photogenic, but more importantly, tends to be smaller than a regular piece. *sigh*. I also got Cookies n Cream Tart and Paris Brest, and an almond croissant for my mom.

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Cookies n Cream Tart Slice ($3.50):


4/5
This consisted of a shortbread crust that was topped with milk chocolate ganache and white chocolate mousse, and garnished with whipped cream and a piece of cookie. The crust was tender and cut easily. The chocolate was of good quality and melted in my mouth, while the mousse was smooth and creamy. It was a bit on the sweeter side, so it might not be for everyone: I really enjoyed it however.

London Fog Cake Slice ($6.50):


4.5/5
This consisted of layers of vanilla cake sandwiching chocolate ganache and was covered with chantilly cream. I was a bit disappointed about receiving an end piece (3rd time that this has happened!). Fortunately, it was still very tasty. The cake itself was very soft and moist while the cream was fresh and fluffy. The cake was incredibly soft and moist while the whipped cream was fluffy and fresh. My favourite componnet is the chocolate ganache, which was infused with Earl Grey, and had a wonderful citrusy flavour.

Paris Brest ($6.50):


4.5/5
This was a choux pastry filled with chocolate ganache, praline moussiline, honey caramel and hazelnuts. The choux pastry was quite tender. The moussiline was fresh and smooth, albeit a tad bland on its own. Fortunately, it was paired with the sweet caramel, which was thick and had a wonderful fragrance of honey, as well as chocolate ganache. The chocolate was The hazelnuts were fresh and crunchy, with a wonderful fragrance. I have to admit, this was actually a bit hard to eat since it was a bit too tall to fit into my mouth – I had to squish it down a bit. It was a little bit messy, but very tasty.

Raspberry Latte Cake Slice ($6.50):


5/5
This was a chocolate cake sandwiching layers of raspberry mousse and chocolate-coffee ganache, and covered with chocolate mousse. I’ve had this cake before, and it was just as good as I remembered. The cake itself was tender and moist. The buttercream was smooth, sweet and chocolaty, and melted in my mouth without any bit of greasiness. The chocolate ganache was rich and had a wonderful fragrance of coffee while the raspberry mousse provided a great fragrance and tartness that cut through the sweetness. This is seriously one of the best cakes that I’ve had.

Almond Croissant ($4.05):

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Mom’s favourite treat

I seriously love Cadeaux. No matter how many end pieces they serve me, this is a bakery that I will always keep on coming back to. For anyone who enjoys cakes and other great treats, please do yourself a favour and head down there!

Summary:
Food: 4.5/5
Price: 4.5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4.5/5
Recommendations: Cake Slices, Paris Brest

Cadeaux Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Cannibal Cafe

There are two things that I’m in denial about: 1) my age and 2) I’m (probably) lactose intolerant. Unfortunately, I was forced to confront both realities this week. Lemme explain: it was my birthday. Now, being the cheap Asian that I am, I decided to make most of my depressing situation as a jobless loser who’s at least seven years too old to be still living with my parents by redeeming some free food. One restaurant in Vancouver that offers free food on your birthday is Cannibal Cafe, a burger joint located on the Drive. They provide you a complimentary American Classic Burger (which normally runs for $10.95) with the purchase of either a drink or a side. Of course, I decided to get both, and got a side of Onion Rings to go with my burger as well as an Oreo Milkshake.

American Classic Burger (Free on birthday, normally $10.95):


3.5/5
This consisted of two 3oz patties, American Cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo and L.T.O.P. (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle). This was a simple, basic burger that was done quite well. I normally don’t like beef patties, which can often be dry, but here the beef was actually reasonably moist and juicy. The bun was toasted, and crispy around the edges while soft and fluffy in the interior. The cheese and condiments provided great flavour. Although the burger was not very large, it was quite tall and I actually couldn’t fit it into my mouth (insert dirty joke here): I had to remove some of the vegetables in order to eat the burger.

Onion Rings (Side, $4.95):

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Awesome crispy onion rings!

4.5/5
I loved these. The batter on the onion rings looked thick, but was incredibly light and crispy, and stayed crispy even when they cooled. It was served with a side of Chipotle Mayo, which was creamy and had a nice bit of spice. I was a bit disappointed with the portion: there were only 6 onion rings present.

Oreo Milkshake ($7.95):


4/5
I have to admit, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed the milkshake didn’t contain any crushed cookie bits. It was still very tasty however, with a great chocolate and vanilla flavour. It was quite thick, and you have to wait to allow it to melt a bit before being able to suck it through the straw.

Unfortunately for me, I appear to be lactose intolerant, and the milkshake did cause me more than a few uncomfortable hours. Not that I’m going to be stopping anytime soon though: I didn’t learn my lesson from the massive amount of ice cream from Rain or Shine not long ago, and I’m certainly not going to turn down ice cream the next time it’s offered to me. Stomachache aside, I had a pretty good time at Cannibal Cafe. The food was quite good. While I got a good deal since the burger came free, I do find their regular prices to be a tad pricey: most of their burgers are currently going to $13-15 without any sides. In terms of service, the waitress I had was very friendly; however, I do feel that they appear to be somewhat understaffed: there was only one person in the kitchen when I went, and some of the tables did take a while to receive their food. All in all, I did quite like this place, and I think it’s definitely worth checking out for some classic American fast food.

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Always nice to get things for free 😀

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Price: 2.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Milkshake, Onion Rings
The Cannibal Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe

I don’t know of too many higher-end French style patisseries in Vancouver. So far, I’ve been to the popular Thomas Haas and Chez Christophe, both of which were great. There’s Ganache Patisserie, which I personally found to be grossly overrated. There’s Faubourg, which I really NEED to revisit before being able to give an opinion (you know, for proper “research” purposes). And then there’s Thierry. I’ve actually been to the latter before, more than a year ago (and before I decided to start blogging). I’ve tried their Chocolate Marquise cake, which I remember quite enjoying. However, since it has been a long time I felt that a re-visit is warranted in order for me to be able to form a fair opinion of the plate. So I re-visited this place recently – for research purposes of course (and NOT because I just wanted an excuse to eat a bunch of pastries). For my most recent visit, I sampled their Chocolate Eclair, Tiramisu, and Chocolate Tart. I also picked up an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Chocolate Eclair ($6.75):


4.5/5
This consisted of choux dough that’s filled with pastry chocolate cream and coated in a layer of chocolate. This was a simple dessert that was made very well. The pastry was tender and filled with a generous amount of smooth chocolate pastry cream. The chocolate coating was definitely of high quality, and just melted in my mouth without any bit of waxiness. It had a great bittersweet flavour that complimented the slightly sweeter pastry cream very well.

Tiramisu ($7.50):


4.5/5
This consisted of layers of cake soaked in coffee liquor, sandwiching mascarpone sabayon, and was surrounded by pieces of high quality dark chocolate. The mascarpone was light and creamy while the cake just melted in my mouth, and had a fantastic scent of coffee. This is a seriously fantastic version of the dessert.

Chocolate Tart ($8.95):


3.5/5
This consisted of a sweet dough crust that’s filled with 55% chocolate. Like the eclair, this was quite simple/basic. The chocolate ganache was smooth, melted in my mouth, and had a great bittersweet flavour. The crust was tender and cut easily, although I did find it to be quite bland – I would have liked a bit of sweetness or salt.

Almond Croissant ($4.45):

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My mom had this. She really enjoyed it.

I’m glad to have made a revisit to Thierry; their pastries have been truly fantastic. While their prices are quite high, they aren’t as outrageous as some other places *cough* Ganache Patisserie *cough*, and I personally think that their food tastes better. All in all, this is a great place that rivals that of Thomas Haas in terms of quality, and I highly recommend checking them out if you’re willing to pay a bit extra cash.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 2.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Tiramisu, Chocolate Eclair
Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Naam

I want to make one thing very clear: I am NOT a veganist. Sure, I may make jokes and call vegetables “rabbit food”, but it’s all in good fun. I love vegetarians/vegans. In fact, some of my best friends are vegans! Okay, that’s not really true: I only know one person who’s vegan, and he’s more of a colleague than a friend, and he’s an on again off again vegan, but still, I really have nothing against that type of lifestyle. Non-celiac gluten free people on the other hand…

Because action speaks louder than words, I recently visited The Naam. They are a popular, casual restaurant in Kits serving up vegetarian/vegan food. I only had their desserts since I love sweets (and definitely NOT because I find non-meat entrees to be unfulfilling). I had their Naam Carrot Cake, Double Fudge Cake, and Raspberry Chocolate Cake, the latter being VEGAN (because I’m totally not a veganist!).

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Non-rabbit food Desserts!

Raspberry Chocolate Cake ($6.75):


3.5/5
This is vegan, and apparently contains cashews, and is served with a side of raspberry sauce.The cake was quite soft and moist, and contained a layer of fudge, which was dense but relatively light. Although chocolatey, I did find the flavours to be a bit muted and bland; I personally would have liked the cake to be a bit sweeter. I quite enjoyed the raspberry sauce however, which had a intensey tangy flavour that paired well with the chocolate.

Naam Carrot Cake ($6.75):


3/5
The cake contained walnuts, carrots and raisins. Although not dry, it did have a crumbly texture that I was not the biggest fan of. I did also find it to be a bit bland. However, it did have a nice bit of spice, a well as a good amount of nuts, which I really enjoyed. I quite liked the cream cheese frosting, which was creamy and tangy: I only wish there as more of it present.

Double Fudge Cake ($6.75):


3.5/5
This was my favourite of the three desserts. The cake was quite moist and chocolatey, although it was a tad bland on its own. Fortunately, it was coated in a layer of chocolate icing, which was rich and sweet, and provided a great compliment to the cake.

I’m glad to have tried out The Naam. While I did find their desserts to have a bit of a “healthy” taste (and I don’t know if that’s real or just in my head), they are still quite enjoyable. The service is a bit disorganized, but the staff are very friendly. All in all, this seems like a great place if you’re vegetarian/vegan (or if you’re trying to prove to others that you’re not against vegetarians/vegans).

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Double Fudge Cake, Raspberry Chocolate Cake (if you’re vegan)

 The Naam Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Grounds for Coffee (and JJ Bean)

When I was in highschool, which isn’t really that long ago (I’m still in denial about my age), the cafeteria always made cinnamon buns on Thursdays. But not just any cinnamon buns, “UBC cinnamon buns”, which many of the teachers claim to be the best cinnamon buns in Vancouver. Oddly enough, when I started attending UBC (which again, as not long ago), I never really found any places on campus that made great cinnamon buns. However, there is apparently a shop located not too far away called Grounds for Coffee that many people claim to have the best cinnamon buns in Vancouver. I finally got around to checking them out this week. You have the option of having the bun with or without frosting, but seriously, unless you have a deadly allergy or something, GET IT WITH THE FROSTING!!!

Cinnamon Bun with Frosting (around $3.65):


4.5/5
The cinnamon bun was fresh and still warm from the oven. It was soft and fluffy, and very sticky and gooey. I ate this on the bus, and ended up getting quite a bit of sweet cinnamon-sugar goo all over my hands and clothes. The cream cheese was creamy and had a nice tang; I personally could have done with a bit more of it (I’m one of those people who can eat a tub of cream cheese frosting with a spoon).

Grounds for Coffee are supposed to have the greatest cinnamon buns in Vancouver, and after having tried them, I have to say that I can’t disagree – those buns are seriously fantastic. However, being the keen researcher that I am, I decided that I needed to get another cinnamon bun from a “lesser” shop as a control. So, for PURELY scientific reasons (and NOT because I’m a greedy pig), I also got a cinnamon bun from the new JJ Beans that had opened on UBC campus (which I actually ended up eating out of my desk drawer back at work).

Cinnamon Bun with Frosting ($3.40):


3/5
Unlike Grounds for Coffee, the bun had been sitting on the counter for some time and was not warm. It was considerably tougher than the latter, and the cinnamon sugar seems to have hardened to form shards of sugar. I personally did not like the bun too much: it was a bit too hard and also bland. However, I did actually prefer the cream cheese frosting a bit more: I found it to be a bit thicker, and there was also more of it present.

So, after doing some more research, I was left with a massive sugar high the conclusion that the cinnamon buns at Grounds for Coffee are indeed superior. Be sure to check the place out if you enjoy cinnmaon buns!

Summary (for Grounds for Coffee):
Food: 4.5/5 (just for cinnamon bun)
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendation: Cinnamon Bun (WITH FROSTING!!!)
Grounds For Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nice Cafe

Just a quick note: unfortunately, I will be scaling back on my postings. I’ve gotten quite fat busy, and all the eating out has been taking a toll on my productivity at work (not to mention my wallet, seeing that I am living on a graduate student’s salary). Of course, I’m not going to stop my posts altogether – I will definitely continue on getting my obligatory pastries during the weekends, but I will be eating out less during the weekdays.

And with that, here’s one of my final weekday reviews for Nice Cafe. The latter is a small, casual restaurant located near Broadway and Main specializing in breakfast/brunch and lunch items. During my visit there, I had their Meat Lover’s Omelette and Monte Cristo.

Meat Lover’s Omelette ($9.95):


3/5
The omelette contained bacon, sausage, ham, and cheese, and came with a choice of either toast or hashbrowns; I picked the hashbrowns. The omelette is a pretty good portion with a fairly good amount of filling: my favourite was the breakfast sausage, which had a nice bit of spice. I did find it to be bland however, as the eggs don’t appear to be seasoned. There was a fairly generous amount of hashbrowns. Unfortunately, I found the hashbrowns to be a bit disappointing: it was not crispy and also quite bland.

Monte Cristo with Chicken, Ham, Cheese on French Toast Style Bread ($9.25):


3.5/5
This came with your choice of side; I got their potato salad. I must admit, I was quite disappointed when the dish arrived as the portion was quite small. However, since it was only $9.25, I guess it wouldn’t have been fair to expect a large amount of food. The sandwich itself was quite tasty: the bread was soft, fluffy and well-toasted and although there wasn’t an overly large amount of filling present, it was still very tasty. I quite enjoyed the potato salad, which was flavourful and creamy: I just wish that they could have given a larger serving.

I had a decent time at Nice Cafe. While I did find the food to be a bit underwhelming, it was still decent and the prices are very reasonable. Service-wise, the kitchen seems to be a bit slow: I had to wait probably over 20 minutes for my food. However, the lady working at the front was very friendly and attentive. All in all, while this place did not blow me away, I still quite enjoyed my experience there, and I do think it’s worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: N/A

Nice Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Stuart’s Bakery

Back when I was still in highschool (which is really not THAT long ago), we had fieldtrips to Granville Island almost every year. Each time, my friends (who, I assure you, are non-imaginary) and I would always hang out at the Public Market where we’d get some bags of seeds for the pigeons (not sure if that’s still legal) and get some over-priced ice cream cones. As much of a glutton as I was back then (and am still now), I actually wasn’t nearly as into cakes then as I am now, and have never actually tried any of the bakeries there. One place that stood out in particular is Stuart’s Bakery, which produces a pretty gorgeous-looking variety of cakes, including several different flavours of cheesecakes, pastries, cookies, and various other treats. I’ve finally had the opportunity to check them out recently. I’ve got their Chocolate Decadence, Canadian Maple Cheesecake, Turtle Cheesecake, and Carrot Cake.

Chocolate Decadence ($5.50):


4/5
This consisted of layers of chocolate cake sandwiching layers of fruit preserves/jelly, that’s topped with a layer of frosting and coated by a layer of chocolate. The cake itself was tender and moist, while the fruit was quite tangy. I can’t really figure out what the fruit is: I initially thought that it was cherry, but it had a yellowish colour, so maybe it’s some kind of citrus. While I personally would have preferred a chocolate mousse in place of the fruit, its acidity did work well in balancing the sweetness of the chocolate. I did not care too much for their frosting, which I found to be greasy and a bit stale.

Canadian Maple Cheesecake ($5.50):


4.5/5
This consisted of a maple-flavoured cheesecake on top of a crust, and is decorated with cream and a white chocolate maple-leaf garnish. I absolutely loved the cheesecake: it was firm, dense and tangy, with a wonderful fragrance of maple. The crust was also tender and cut easily. I did find the cream and garnish to have a slightly stale, freezer-burned flavour, but that is only a minor issue.

Turtle Cheesecake ($5.95):


4/5
This consisted of chocolate-flavoured cheesecake on top of a chocolate crust, and is topped with chocolate frosting, chocolate, pecans and caramel. Again, the cheesecake was dense and firm, with a nice chocolaty flavour. While the garnishes didn’t have any stale flavour this time, the caramel was strangely bland. While this cake is certainly quite tasty, I did not feel that it lived up to the name of “turtle” cheesecake; it’s just more of a plain chocolate cheesecake with a few extra garnishes.

Carrot Cake ($5.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of a carrot cake that’s covered in a layer of cream cheese frosting and studded with walnuts. The cake itself was quite good: very moist, chocked full of carrots and raisins, and had a nice cinnamon scent. I was not very impressed by the frosting however, which was just sweet and did not have the tang that I enjoy from cream-cheese frosting, and was also a tad greasy. The nuts tasted fresh and lent a nice bit of texture.

I’m glad to have finally visited Stuart’s Bakery. The quality of their desserts does not seem to be the highest: I did find some of their garnishes and creams to have some stale, freezer-burned flavours. However, I did still enjoy all of their cakes, with their Canadian Maple Cheesecake being the standout. The prices are also fairly reasonable. I’d definitely recommend checking them out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Canadian Maple Cheesecake
Stuart's Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Patisserie Lebeau

Since the start of this blog, I’ve eaten waffles several times now, usually with a side of fried chicken. I have yet, however, to try any belgian-style waffles. The only thing I know is that there are apparently two popular varieties: brussels and liege. And apparently both are named after actual cities in belgian. I don’t know what the difference between the two are however, apart from the fact that one’s usually larger and rectangular and the other’s smaller with a rounder shape. Thus, I decided to do some “research” and headed over to Patisserie Lebeau this week to “educate” myself on Belgian-style waffles. The latter is a bakery/cafe located not too far from Granville Island. Their speciality are in waffles, which they offer in a variety of different flavour, but they do also produce a good assortment of pastries, breads and cakes. I picked up two Brussels waffles (Ham & Cheese and Apple Custard Filled), as well as a Liege Waffle (Milk Chocolate with Pecans). Of course, I was unable to resist buying a slice of their Chocolate Trio cake. I also picked up an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Ham & Cheese Brussels ($4.25):


3.5/5
The waffle was soft and fluffy, albeit a bit dry. There was a fairly good amount of ham inside. I could have done with a bit more cheese however.

Apple & Custard Filled Waffle ($4):


4/5
Again, the waffle was soft and fluffy, and the filling ensured that it was moist. The apples were tender and had a nice scent of cinnamon. I really enjoyed the custard, which was mildly sweet and creamy.

Liege Waffle, Milk Chocolate with Pecans ($3.50):


4.5/5
The waffle is considerably denser and chewier than the brussels waffles, and I really preferred this type of texture over the latter. The chocolate was sweet and not at all waxy, while the pecans were fresh, toasted and lent a nice fragrance and texture.

Chocolate Trio ($6):


4.5/5
This consisted of chocolate cake topped by a layer each of milk, dark, and white chocolate mousse. This is definitely a great dessert for chocolate lovers. The chocolate cake was a tender and moist, with a slightly fudgy texture that reminded me of a brownie. The chocolate mousse was smooth, creamy, and flavourful. I did find the chocolate garnishes to taste a bit stale; otherwise, however, this is a seriously fantastic cake.

Almond Croissant ($3.95):

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I gave this to my mom. She quite enjoyed it, although she did prefer the double-baked variety.

My trip to Patisserie Lebeau has certainly been very “educational”. In addition to learning the difference between Brussels and Liege waffles, I’ve also been taught the simple lesson of not judging others by appearances. I mean sure, Brussels waffles may be larger and look more appealing, but Liege waffles are tastier more beautiful on the inside, which is really what matters. Whichever type of waffle you prefer though, this is a very good bakery, and definitely worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Liege Waffle, Cakes
Patisserie Lebeau Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gold Train Express II

Not too long ago I visited a Vietnamese restaurant called Pure Delight Cafe located on Broadway. Apparently, the restaurant had undergone renovations, including a name change from Gold Train Express II. However, I have since discovered that there is actually a restaurant called Gold Train Express II that’s apparently located on 10th Avenue an Sasamut (and that also serves Vietnamese food). I guess that’s probably why the other restaurant ended up changing their name in order to avoid confusions.

Anyways, I did quite enjoy Vietnamese food, so I decided to pay a visit to Gold Train Express II this week. They have a pretty big menu of the usual Vietnamese noodle soups, rice dishes, vermicelli, and banh mi. I decide to get their Lemongrass Chicken & Pork with Fried Rice and an X-large Curry Beef with Vermicelli.

Lemongrass Chicken & Pork with Fried Rice ($11.50):


4/5
This consisted of a generous piece of grilled chicken and pork chop on top of fried rice (which you can get for an additional $1), and was served with some pickled vegetables. I loved the meat: the chicken was tender and flavourful and had a great fragrance of ginger while the pork was tender and juicy, and had a wonderful charred flavour and sweetness. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the fried rice nearly as much: I found it to be quite bland and nowhere near as good as the version that I had previously at Pure Delight Cafe.

X-Large Curry Beef with Vermicelli ($10.50):

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X-Large Curry Beef with Vermicelli


3.5/5
This consisted of a bowl of beef, potatoes and vermicelli in a curry-flavoured broth. The beef was very tender, although a bit bland. Although I would have like there to be a bit more meat, given the price, I think that the portion is fairly reasonable. The noodles had a pretty good, bouncy texture. The broth was mildly sweet and contained peanuts, with provided a good fragrance, although I would have liked the curry flavour to be a bit stronger.

I quite liked the food at Gold Train Express, in particular their Lemongrass Chicken & Pork. Their prices are also very reasonable. The service was a bit lackluster however: while the food comes reasonably quick, the server’s not particularly attentive and can be also a bit slow. All in all, while I do prefer Pure Delight Cafe, this is still a more than decent restaurant, and worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 2.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Lemongrass Chicken, Pork Chop
Gold Train Express II Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

I’m generally not the biggest fan of ice cream. Don’t get my wrong, I certainly would gobble down a tub of ice cream if it’s there, but it’s not really my first choice for dessert. Thus, for the longest time, I resisted going to the new Rain or Shine Ice Cream shop that has opened at UBC. I mean seriously, how good can their ice cream possibly be to justify paying $7 for a small cup when I can probably get a full 2 Litre tub for the same price at a grocery store? But, after months of seeing a flood of people go past me every day, enjoying scoops of ice cream from the aforementioned shop, I finally caved. I stepped into the store today and…I ended up spending (and eating) $15 worth of ice cream by getting both a Sundae an a 2-Scoop Waffle Cone. Hey, go big or go home right? *I just have zero self control*

Sundae ($7):


4/5
The sundae consists of your choice of 2 scoops of ice cream, 2 toppings, whipped cream, and a cherry. I picked London Fog and Malted Milk Chocolate for my ice cream, and Candied Hazelnuts and Waffle Cone Pieces for my topping. The ice cream was dense without being overly hard, and very smooth. The London Fog had a great, assertive flavour of citrus and tea while the Malted Milk Chocolate had a nice fragrance an sweetness of honey comb. I really liked their waffle cone, which was fresh, and had a crispy yet at the same time tender, melt-in-your mouth texture. The hazelnuts were also fresh and crunchy.

2 Scoop with Waffle Cone ($7):


4/5
I picked Coffee Toffee and Peanut Butter for my scoops. The Peanut Butter was nothing short of fantastic, with a perfect balance between sweet and salty flavours and a wonderful fragrance from the peanut. The Coffee Toffee had a great fragrance of coffee, and a good bittersweet flavour; however, the toffee seems to be mia as I did not get any pieces at all. The waffle cone did get a bit soggy from the ice cream, but was still very tasty.

After having tried Rain or Shine Ice Cream, I must admit, I do understand why it’s such a popular shop. Even though their prices are steep, their quality certainly does justify the cost. This place is definitely worth checking out, especially during the relatively rare “shine” days in Vancouver. Hopefully you’ll have more self control than I do (I ended up having a bit of a stomach ache for the next several hours).

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Peanut Butter, Malted Milk Chocolate, London Fog