Chewies (Coal Harbour) – Ok chicken, great waffle

I’ve had a long love affair with fried chicken that has spanned for >2 decades now. When I was still living in China, one of my favourite things in the world was a spciy fried chicken sandwich from KFC that my mom would occassionally buy for me. When I was in highschool, I would often sneak chicken in my backback during Toonie Tuesdays (now I think it’s just called Tuesday special since the cost has gone well over $2) when my parents refused to let me eat fried chicken since I was quite overweight (for those of you who don’t know, Asians can get fat, especially if they’re eating 4-5 candy bars or a large brownie batter blizzard from DQ every day on top of three already substantial meals).

Although KFC is good (and so is Church’s), it’s a fast food joint and is never going to be ranked as one of the best fried chickens in town. So what is the best fried chicken in Vancouver? One of the top contenders appears to be Chewies. They specialize in Southern-style cuisine, which of course includes the mandatory buttermilk fried chicken. I visited their Coal Harbour location today, during another extended lunch break. Even though the majority of the dishes on their menu were on the slightly higher end of the price range (>$20), their Chicken and Waffle was surprisingly cheap at just $16. I was worried that the portion was going to be small, and was relieved when I received a plate containing a pretty large waffle and two substantial pieces of chicken.

Chicken and Waffles ($16):
3.5/5 overall

Chicken: 3/5; I’ll start with the positives first. They used boneless thighs, which instantly gives them a leg-up (pun intended) over places that use breast (dark meat > white meat in my opinion). The outer layer of coating was also delicious: crispy and crunchy, with a bit of spice and sweetness as well. Unfortuantely, the meat itself was severely underseasoned and practically flavourless. To be honest, I think that I actually prefer the chicken from KFC over this. Don’t get me wrong, I think that the chicken is good; it’s just nowhere near as good as I had expected/hoped.

Waffle: 4/5; I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed the waffle. It as soft, light and fluffy, and drizzled with delicious chive butter and syrup that lent a wonderful sweet and savoury blend. This was the definite highlight of hte dish.

Coffee ($3)

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Obligatory shot of afternoon caffeine

So I ended up leaving Chewies having enjoyed their waffle than their chicken. Who saw that coming? The service at the restaurant as pretty good: the staff members were friendly and efficient. I do hope to return in the future to try out some of their tasty Southern-inspired dishes.

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Could someone please tell me the answer (that’s NOT R-rated)?

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5 (for the Chicken and Waffles; other dishes are more expensive)
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicken and Waffles (just have managed expectations)
Chewies Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cadeaux – My love for you grows

I’m a staunch believer in free love and polyamory…at least when it comes to restaurants/bakeries (as for actual polyamory, being in a relationship with even one person is already far too troublesome in my opinion, not to mention multiple people – kudos to those that do manage). This is fortunate as right now caught in a love triangle between Trafiq and Cadeaux, and I won’t have to chose between the two. In the case of Trafiq, it was love at first sight. Cadeaux, on the other hand, was a slower relationship where the love took a while to grow and develop. The first time that I visited, I honestly didn’t have very strong impressions of the bakery – I thought that it was good, but nothing outstanding. On my second visit however, I was completely blown away by their Chocolate Raspberry Latte cake, and to this day still consider it to be one of the best cakes that I’ve ever eaten. Now, after my latest visit, I have to say that I’m almost willing to rethink its ranking against Trafiq as my favourite bakery in Vancouver. Almost (I would have to revisit both places multiple times in order to properly evaluate them and make a fair decision). During my aforementioned latest visit, I got a slice of their Carrot Cake as well as their rotating variety of chocolate cake, which was Pear & Praline. I also picked up a Butter Croissant for my mom. I think that I must have been lucky and happened to catch the staff on a day when they were feeling especially generous as the slices of cakes that I got were huge (as in about 2x the slices that some other bakeries give).

Pear & Praline Chocolate Cake ($6.25):


4.5/5
This consisted of five layers of chocolate cake sandwiching two alternating layers of pear compote and (I think hazelnut) buttercream, and surrounded by a generous layer of chocolate frosting. The cake, as usual, was incredibly soft, moist and light. The chocolate frosting was lucious, smooth and flavourful with a perfect bittersweet flavour. The layers of (hazelnut?) buttercream lent a nice crunch and fragrance. My only complaint is that the pear compote, while tasty by itself, didn’t pair (no pun intended) very well with the chocolate in my opinion. In spite of its large size, the cake was so light and delicious that it disappeared in no time.

Carrot Cake ($6.25):


5/5
This consisted of five layers of carrot cake sandwiching layers of cream cheese frosting, and surrounded by another generous layer of cream cheese frosting. Now I have an unhealthy obsession with cream cheese frosting – I simply cannot get enough of the stuff – and was absolutely delighted by the thick layer of the tangy, creamy frosting enclosing the cake. The cake itself was a bit more dense than its chocolate counterpart, but still incredibly moist and bursting with carrots, raisins, and large chunks of walnuts. The only “negative” – if you can count it as a negative – is that the cake is more “traditional” compared to some of their more creative varieties. I have to mention that the slice I received was enormous – even larger than the chocolate slice. I was a really happy camper.

Butter Croissant ($2.90):

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N/A
I cannot review the croissant as my mom had it. The only thing that I’ll say is that she enjoyed it.

I have to say that after my latest visit, I’m now head over heels in love with Cadeaux right now; I think that it is one of the best bakeries in Vancouver and I just cannot wait to return. I just hope that Trafiq doesn’t find out about this relationship…

Summary:
Food: 5/5
Price: 4.5/5 (5/5 for this particular occasion)
Service: N/A
Overall: 5/5
Recommendations: ANY of their cake slices
Cadeaux Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Meat & Bread + Le Petit Belge – Taking a long lunch break

I have to admit, I do sometimes slack off during my work/PhD studies, something that I feel prettty guilty about. Case in point, this week, I decided to go Downtown to first get a sandwich from Meat & Bread and after, walking to Le Petit Belge for a waffle for lunch. All in all, my “lunch break” ended up being >3 hours, something that I’d probably get fired for if I had been working at any other job. But I’m sure that I’ll make up for it by being more productive as a result of all the fuel that I’ve gotten from the food, right?

Meat & Bread

I’ve had their Porchetta Sandwich, which is undoubtedly their most popular sandwich (probably 75% of the patrons that I saw ordered it).

Porchetta ($9.5, $10 after taxes):


3/5
The amount of filling wasn’t exactly generous, but fair – just enough so that I don’t feel cheated. Now, this is the first time that I’ve had porchetta, so I’m only judging the meat on how I liked it, not by how it should taste like. I have to say, I was a tad disappointed. The meat was lukewarm/cold and a bit chewy. It wasn’t particularly flavourful either. The salsa verde did help, as it provided a bit of heat. What really saved this sandwich however, was the “bread” component, which I have to say was absolutely fantastic: crispy on the outside while soft and chewy on the inside. They apparently bake their bread fresh in house – I saw them take a batch out of the oven as I was eating my sandwich. I also quite enjoyed the small pieces of chicharones, which lent a nice crunch.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 2.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 2.5/5
Recommendations: N/A (their bread is great though)

Le Petit Belge

Feeling unsatisfied by my sandwich, I went looking for more food. Fortunately, Le Petit Belge was just a few blocks away, and I heard that they served delicious waffles. Although it was raining (as it usually did in Vancouver), I was craving something sweet (as usual), and went ahead and ordered their Majesty I Waffle. I also got an Americano.

Majesty I Waffle ($9.99):


4/5
This consisted of a Brussel’s waffle with some slices of banana, two scoops of ice cream, a generous amount of whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel and candied nuts. It was beautiful, and fortunately, it tasted just as good as it looked. The waffle was crispy and light, and almost melted in my mouth. The ice cream and whipping cream were, of course, delicious accompaniments. My favourite part has to be the caramel and candied nuts however, and I only wish that there was more. I literally inhaled this waffle and wished that I could have a 2nd. I probably would have gotten a 2nd too, had I just not eaten the sandwich at Meat & Bread earlier.

Americano ($2.80):

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Good shot of caffeine to get me through the afternoon.

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Guess it’s time for me to get back to work…

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Waffles (they have both sweet and savoury varieties)

Although I was quite disappointed by Meat & Bread, I was equally happy with my experience at Le Petit Belge and will certainly be returning there again for more of their waffles. I just hope that my supervisor doesn’t find out…

Meat & Bread Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Le Petit Belge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chez Christophe – Great croissants

I don’t know why I don’t order croissants more often. No, actually, I do know why: I love cakes and tend to favour them over croissants and any other goods. But I really should eat more croissants (and donuts, and pies, and other sweet goods) in order to branch out. In Vancouver, there are several popular places for croissants. My favourites so far have been Beaucoup, Small Victory and the infamous Thomas Haas.

Outside of Vancouver, Chez Christophe is another bakery that has gotten quite a bit of buzz for their pastries. I’ve finally had a chance to visit them this weekend, after a >1 hour commute by bus, mostly due to the goddman No 20 bus, which took >30 minutes to come (and of course when it did finally show up, there were 3 of them in a row). For my visit, I got a Double Baked Almond and Chocolate Croissant and a Chocolate Tart.

Double Baked Almond and Chocolate Croissant ($4.65):


5/5
This is definitely one of the best croissants that I’ve had. It was crispy, flaky and buttery, and melted in my mouth. It was filled with a generous amount of almond paste, which lent a nice fragrance, as well as two small bars of good quality dark chocolate, which provided a great bittersweet flavour. My greatest regret is not getting two or more.

Chocolate Tart ($5.90):


3.5/5
First off all, this looks nothing like a traditional tart. Instead of having a shell crust filled with chocolate, this consisted of a milk chocolate mousse that has been shaped into a rectangle, and surrounded by four chocolate biscuits. The chocolate biscuits were unfortunately not very good at all: they were soft and soggy and flavourless. I guess they are supposed to be eaten with the mousse, but that is impossible given how the tart was designed. Fortunately, the chocolate mousse itself was quite good – silky, smooth and rich – and I did still enjoy this dessert. It was a bit of a letdown though, considering how great their croissant was.

The visit to Chez Christophe just reminded me how fantastic a well-made croissant can be. I only wish that this bakery was located closer to my house; I’d certainly visit them much more often if that was the case.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Double Baked Almond and Chocolate Croissant (they also have a maple and a hazelnut version available)
Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gabi & Jules (at Cafe Divano) – Baked donuts?

I can be a bit narrow-minded when it comes to food. I’ve got no interest in ever trying out a raw food restaurant, I believe that lettuce buns should be banned in this country, and I will never order anything that has purposely been made vegan or gluten free (the only exception occurred when I was at Cartems, and I still resent them to this day for not having regular versions available). Surprisingly however, I’m not turned off by the idea of a baked doughnut. I think it’s because I actually don’t eat donuts often (something that I probably should work on), so I don’t have very strong opinions about how a donuts should be. Furthermore, a lot of my other favourite foods (cakes, brownies, pies etc) are baked, so why shouldn’t a baked donut taste good?

This brings me to Gabi & Jules, which makes, in addition to a large number of other sweet treats, baked donuts in several different varieties. Now the location of the actual bakery is in Port Moody, which is way further than I’m willing to travel for a donut. Fortunately, their goods are also available at Caffe Divano, which had a location in Burnaby. There were three varieties of baked donuts available when I visited; I went with a green tea white chocolate flavour. I also sampled their Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf and Vanilla Berry Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

Baked Donut ($2.50, left):
3.5/5
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I don’t eat donuts often, so I don’t really know what I’m supposed to look for in a “good” donut. I can only say that I quite enjoyed this. It was moist and cakey, with a surprisingly strong matcha flavour (most often “green tea” flavoured desserts don’t really have much green tea flavour). The white chocolate icing was also delicious and paired well with the matcha. I did find there to be a slight “eggy” flavour that was a bit off-putting. Personally though, I thought that this doughnut is tastier (not to mention a whole lot cheaper) than the overpriced gluten-free crap from Cartems.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf ($3.75, right):
2/5
I’m a sucker for cream cheese frosting, so I thought that I’d like this. Unfortunately, the frosting was quite bland and dry. Moreover, the cake itself, while relatively moist, had an odd texture: there seemed to be pieces of bran-like stuff inside that I found to be off-putting. Like the doughnut, the cake also suffers from a slightly “eggy” flavour. Although not horrible – I still enjoyed eating it – I’d have preferred a slice of loaf from Superstore or any other generic grocery store over this.

Vanilla Berry Sour Cream Coffee Cake ($4):


4/5
This was my favourite of the bunch. The outside, though a tad dry, was cripsy and had a lovely caramelized flavour. The inside was soft and moist, and fortunately did not suffer from the same “eggy” flavour like some of their other treats, but instead had a nice fragrance of vanilla and cinnamon. There was a fair amount of berries inside, which lent a nice bit of tartness.

So I guess baked donuts, while nothing life-changing, are still pretty good. And I do generally like the other treats from Gabi & Jules, asides from the flop that’s their pumpkin loaf. I do hope to try some more of their stuff (in particular their layered cakes and pies) in the future, if Caffe Divano decides to carry them.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Vanilla Berry Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Baked Donut

Gabi & Jules Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Caffe Divano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Twisted Fork Bistro – My research on French Toast

Last week, I sampled the Chicken French Toast from Jam Cafe, and while I really liked the chicken, I wasn’t as impressed by the french toast, which I thought just tasted like ordinary (albeit very tasty) bread. Having had french toast only once before however (and having literally no recollection of that experience), I actually didn’t know what french toast was supposed to taste like. So, for PURELY scientific purposes, I decided to do some research. After some digging, I discovered that the Twisted Fork Bistro apparently serves one of the best versions of french toast in Vancouver (at least according people on Yelp), so I decided to give the place a try. Although I’ve read a lot about the long lineups and wait times of up to 1 hr during the weekends, the place was actually half-empty when I visited (12:30 pm on a Wednesday), and I was promptly seated. Although they have a pretty good variety of delicious-sounding breakfast/brunch items, I of course already knew what I was going to order: their French Toast. I also had a cup of their coffee to accompany my meal.

French Toast ($16.5):


4/5
This consisted of three large slices of brioche bread sandwiching a generous amount of banana filling, accompanied by fresh whipped cream, a shot glass of syrup and a few slices of strawberries and apples. The brioche bread was extremely soft and fluffy, with a slightly crispy exterior. Unfortuantely, the banana filling didn’t do much for me; while it added a nice texture and fragrance (and of course, fibre and potassium), it was largely flavourless. In spite of the apperance, I actually found the french toast by itself to be on the bland side. Drizzled with the syrup and whipping cream however, and it was jsut perfect. I was also surprised by how filling it was; when it was first set down in front of me, I thought “pftt, I’ll breeze right through this”. I mean sure it was a generous portion, but I’ve got a MASSIVE appetite, and I was sure that I’d be able to polish this off and still have room left to spare. Surprisingly, I actually got quite full, to the point where I had to actually “push” myself to finish the last couple of bites. Of course, being the glutton champ that I am, I did ultimately finish my plate, but it was nowhere as easy as I thought it would be.

Coffee ($4):


They serve their coffee in a french press. I can’t speak much about the quality of the coffee (I honestly can’t tell the difference between a cup from McDonalds or one from an acclaimed artisanal coffee shop like Timbertrain – they all taste the same to me), but I thought it was pretty fun to steep and pour my own coffee. There was about 3 cups worth in the press (I only had 2 as I haven’t been sleeping too well recently and didn’t want to over-caffeinate).

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All finished *burp*

Having now had (at least according to social media) one of the “best” versions of french toast in Vancouver, I can say that overall, I do like french toast. Although it isn’t exactly a life-changing dish, it is definitely still delicious and I’ll certainly be ordering it more often when I have the chance. As for the restaurant itself, I really liked its casual, relaxed vibe. The staff members were cheerful an friendly without ever being overbearing. Even though I do think that the place is a tad over-hyped, I still had a great experience, and hope to come back again.

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The bill

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: French Toast
Twisted Fork Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nottes Bon Ton

I’ve got to confess that I’ve putting off visiting this bakery for a long time; not because I wasn’t tempted by the tremendous variety of gorgeous-looking treats that they offer, but because of all the horror stories I’ve heard from other reviewers of how bad tempered the ladies who work there can be. The draw of pastries proved to be too great however, and I was finally able to muster enough courage to visit the bakery. Because I’ve read a story from another reviewer of how he (or she) got yelled at by one of the ladies for taking photos, I didn’t dare take any pictures while I was inside, but was able to snap a few shots from the outside. Perhaps I was just fortunate enough to catch them on a good day, but the ladies didn’t seem to mind me much (in fact, I actually thought that they were quite pleasant). Although they have a variety of cookies, cakes, pastries and other sweets, I was drawn to their selection of mini treats. I have no idea of what was in any of the treats – they were all given unique but non-informative like “dobos” or “jealousy” – and I certainly didn’t have the courage to ask questions, so I picked based on their apperances and names. I got the Canadian Cheese, Three Sisters, Chocolate Devil, Progressive, Jealousy and Dobos. The total came to just over $14 for 1/2 a dozen, which works to about $2.25 each (without taxes).

Canadian Cheese (left):
3/5
This is a cookie sandwich consisting of two thin cookies sandwiching a sweet, creamy filling that’s crusted with what I think are bits of toffee. The cookies were very crispy and melted in my mouth. I found the filling to be a bit greasy and one dimensional in flavour. Because it was named “Canadian Cheese” I expected there to be some cream cheese present, but I did not detect any of it in the filling.

Three Sisters (right):
3.5/5
This is a small piece of cake topped with a tri-coloured frosting and coated in chocolate. The frostings all tasted the same to me, so I think that the colouring was for aesthetics only. While the frosting was a bit greasy and the chocolate a tad waxy, I still quite enjoyed this treat.

Chocolate Devil (right):
3.5/5
This is a small bar consisting of layers of cookie/cake and what I believe is caramel icing, and coated in chocolate. Once again, I found the chocolate to be a tad waxy and perhaps not of the highest quality. The cookie/cake and icing however were quite tasty.

Progressive (left):
4/5
Two cookies with a sweet (I think it’s coffee?) filling and coated in almonds. In spite of their thickness, the cookies were incredibly crispy and light, and shattered and melted in my mouth when I bit into them. They also seemed to contain some toffee inside as I could detect a distinct caramelly flavour. Although I did still find the filling to be a bit on the greasy side, I did enjoy it much more than the one in the Canadian Cheese due to the “coffee” flavour. It also had a slightly salty taste that balanced the sweetness well.

Dobos (left):
3.5/5
This conssited of two layers of cake sandwiching a layer of icing and topped with and topped with an additional layer of icing. While I thought that the cake was chocolate-flavoured, there seemed to be also a mild spice that I couldn’t discern. The cake, although not exactly moist, was quite tender. The flavour of this was a bit mild to me,

Jealousy (right):
4/5
This was my favourite of the six. It consisted of layers of cake, puff pastry and icing. I was really impressed by the puff pastry, it was nice and flaky and perfectly baked. The cake was also quite tender. Although the icing was again still greasy, it didn’t really bother me as much due to the cake ans pastry, which helped break it up.

Overall, I quite enjoyed my visit and will be back again to try some of the other treats that I’ve missed from my first visit (provided of course that the ladies remain tolerant and don’t throw me out).

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Recommendations: Jealousy, Progressive
Notte's Bon Ton Pastry & Confectionary Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Baguette & Co – Offering more than just baguettes

One of the things that I like about working/studying at UBC is that it’s only a short bus ride away from Kitsilano, where there are quite a good selection of places to get something sweet or greasy (or both) to enjoy for lunch (and knock a couple of years off of my lifespan). Nevertheless, I probably wouldn’t have visited a place called Baguette & Co had not for the existence of the internet. Although I do like a good baguette, I certainly wouldn’t visit a place for baguettes (or other plain bread). Fortunately, thanks to the internet (more specifically Yelp and Zomato), I found out that Baguette & Co apparently also offers cakes and pastries, which were enough to warrant the 15-minute bus ride from UBC Loop. I was initially a bit disappointed to find that there selection of sweets were pretty limited: they only had 4-5 cakes/tarts available on the day of my visit. I quickly settled on getting a Lemon Tart and a Chocolate Success.

Lemon Tart ($4.5)


4.5/5
I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed this tart. The lemon curd was creamy, tart and bursting with a bright citrus flavour. The meringue on top as fluffy and sweet, almost marshmallow-like. The crust was also tender and easy to cut into.

Chocolate Success ($4.65)


4.5/5
Being the massive chocoholic that I am, this dessert was literally screaming my name. It consisted of two thick layers of chocolate mousse sandwiched between two layers of cake and encased in a shell of chocolate. The chocolate mousse was thick, creamy and bittersweet while the cake was incredibly tender and moist. I did find the chocolate shell to be a tad waxy and perhaps not of the highest quality.

Despite my initial disappointment by their limited selection of cakes, Baguette & Co has completely exceeded my expectations with their tasty offerings. Furthermore, I found their prices to be very reasonable. This may not be in my top 10 favourite bakeries in Vancouver, but I’m certainly glad to have paid the place a visit.

Summary
Food: 4.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4.5/5
Recommendations: Lemon Tart, Chocolate Success
Baguette & Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jam Cafe

Contrary to what all my previous posts might indicate, I do actually eat food other than just chocolate and cakes (I’ve managed to survive for 25 years after all, so I must be getting enough nutrients). Now one place that I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time is Jam Cafe. Their original location in Victoria was featured on “You Gotta Eat Here”, and fortunately they’ve opened up a new location in Gastown a few years back. Just a glance at some of the offerings from their menu alone is enough to get my mouth watering (Red Velvet Pancakes, Charlie Bowl, Pulled Pork Pancakes and many, many more). They are quite a popular place, and there was a considerable lineup when I visited them today (11:15 am on a Wednesday), and I can only imagine the lines to be even greater on weekends. Fortunately however, their service appears to be quite efficient (and their staff were also extremely friendly), and I only had to wait about 20 minutes to get seated. It was a difficult decision for me to pick from their menu since literally EVERYTHING sounded delicious, but I finally settled on their Fried Chicken French Toast, along with a cup of coffee to wash it all down.

Chicken French Toast ($16.5):


Overall: 3.5/5
This consisted of 4 pieces of french toast and a generous piece of fried chicken, with jalapeño maple syrup and pickled cabbage.

Fried Chicken: 4.5/5; I was initially a bit disappointed to find that they used white meat (dark meat tastes much better in my opinion), and was pleasantly surprised by how good the chicken was. While white meat tended to be dry, this chicken was actually very moist and tender. The coating was flavourful and retained its crunch in spite of being covered in sour cream and syrup. Speaking of the syrup, I must admit that I was a bit let down by it. I expected that there would be a bit of heat from the jalapeño. Instead, it just tasted like regular syrup with a slightly odd smell from the peppers that I personally didn’t really like.

French Toast: 2.5/5; This was unfortunately quite disappointing. Now, I’ve only had french toast once before, so I’m by no means some aficionado, but this just tasted like regular bread to me. Granted that it was quite good bread – being really soft and fluffy – but I was expecting it to be hot and crispy, and to have more flavour.

Coffee ($3):
I’m no coffee aficionado – I just drink it for the caffeine, which is what all graduate students need – so I can’t comment on whether or not it’s “good” coffee, only that they use beans from JJ Roasters. I will say that the staff members were very good about re-fills.

Just a quick word on the portion sizes: I had ZERO trouble finishing off my plate (in fact, I was tempted to order 2 plates, but was too embarrassed as I didn’t want any of the staff members thinking that I’m some gluttonous freak of nature). A lot of the other wimpier patrons (or, more accurately, people with normal appetites) around me weren’t able to finish their orders, however, so I guess their portions are big to the average humans. In any case, I cannot wait to return to try some of their other offerings (the Pulled Pork Pancakes are next on my hit list).

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Bill + complimentary lolly

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Value: 4.5/5
Service: 5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: N/A (still need to try more from their menu)

Jam Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Acme Cafe

Although well known for their various breakfast/lunch offerings, I visited Acme Cafe only for their baked goods. They have several pies whose flavours differ daily, as well as a daily cake, and some smaller treats (cookies, squares, croissants etc). When I visited them this week, I got a slice off their Bacon Pecan Pie, a slice of their Banana Rum Cake and a slice of another pie that I unfortunately did not get the name of. I also had a Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich.

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich ($3.5):


4.5/5
The cookie was relatively small, only about 1/2 the size as the one from Butter Baked Goods. It was considerably sweeter than Butter’s, which I actually preferred since I do like sweeter desserts. It had a good peanut aroma. The texture was more crumbly than chewy, yet still melted in my mouth.

Bacon Pecan Pie ($7):


4.5/5
This pie was sticky and gooey, so much so that I was unable to remove it out of its container in one piece. The filling was quite sweet and had a really nice caramelized flavour. I was delighted to find quite a generous amount of bacon bits, which lent a nice smokey salty flavour that paired well with the sweetness of the filling. The layer of outer crust was quite dark and a bit too hard for my liking. It had a pretty strong salty flavour that I thought went well with the sweet filling.

Mystery Pie ($7):


4.5/5
Unfortuantely, I missed the name of this pie, and I honestly cannot figure out what the flavour is. The grey filling is a lot milder in flavour compared to that of the bacon pecan. It was thick, creamy and sweet, with a mysterious citrusy, almost peppery flavour. It was complimented by a generous layer of fresh wipped cream. The outer crust was considerably lighter than that of the bacon pecan, although I still personally found it to be a bit too hard.

Banana Rum Cake (with Mocha Buttercream) ($7.5):


3/5
This was my least favourite of all the food that I’ve tried, although I did still enjoy it. I found the cake to be on the dry side, and quite hard. I couldn’t really detect any of the rum, and the banana flavour was also quite mild. The buttercream was also quite firm in texture, and had a tendency to fall off of the cake while I was eating it. It did have a nice mocha flavour, however.

While I was a bit disappointed by the cake, I did thoroughly enjoy all of the other food. Furthermore, I really like the fact that they’re always changing and coming up with new flavours. My main gripe is that their prices are pretty steep (currently $7 for a pie and $7.5 for a cake slice) for rather small portions.

Summary:
Food: 4.5/5
Value/Service: 3/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Any of their daily flavoured pies, Sandwich Cookies

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