Tony’s Fish & Oyster Cafe

I was probably 7 or 8 when I first tried Fish & Chips. It was during a brief phase that my parents had shortly after immigrating to Canada where they were literally obsessed about beaches. It was probably because we didn’t really have beaches in Shanghai (which was a bit strange now that I think about it, seeing tha the city is located right next to the ocean, but it might be because the waters are probably super polluted and full of pollution/toxins). Anyways, we were on a beach in Surrey and were feeling hungry. My parents asked some locals where we could get some food, and they pointed us to Moby Dick, which, as I’ve now learned, is considered to be THE place for fish & chips in Metro Vancouver. Even though I don’t particularly like seafood, I really quite liked the fried fish because how can you go wrong with battering and deep frying anything? So did my parents apparently, which is quite impressive considering how picky they are, and every time we happened to be near the area, we’d go to the place for fish and chips.

While Moby Dick is fortuantely still open and apparently still producing great fish & chips, unfortuantely it was difficult for me to reach the restaurant as I don’t have a car (we used to have a family friend who’d drive us around, but they’ve since left the country). There are however still quite a good number of restaurants offering the fish in Vancouver. One of them is Tony’s Fish & Oyster Cafe, which is located on Granville Island. I went to that restaurant for lunch today, and ordered their 1 piece Salmon & Chips, for which I substituted the fries for Yam Fries for an additional $2. I also got an extra piece of Halibut.

1 piece Salmon & Chips ($11.99 + $2 for Yam Fries):

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3/5

Salmon:


2.5/5
This was the first time that I’ve had fried salmon, and I have to say, I was a bit let down. While I really liked the batter, which was crispy, light and well-seasoned, I found the fish itself to be quite bland and flavourless. More importantly though, it had a bit of a funky, fishy smell that was somewhat off-putting.

Yam Fries:

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4/5
I’m absolutely in love with yam fries and will take them over regular French fries every time. Fortunately, they did not disappoint: the fries were crispy and mildly sweet, and just absolutely delicious when dipped into the creamy chipotle mayo that they were served with. Definitely worth the $2 extra cost.

Halibut ($11.99):


4/5
This was much better than the salmon. The fish was juicy, better-seasoned, flavourful, and most importantly, did not have any fishy smell whatsoever. I did find the piece to be a bit smaller in size than the salmon however, and thought that the price at $12 a tad steep. I’d recommend that you just order the 2 piece Halibut & Chips, which is a much better deal for just $23.

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Mmm…tartar sauce…

Although I was a bit disappointed by the salmon, the halibut was delicious. The service was chill and quite friendly. The price is not exactly cheap, but still reasonable. Overall, while I don’t think that this is the best fish & chips in Vancouver, it is still decent, and I’d recommend checking it out if you happen to be near the area.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Halibut, Yam Fries
Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Coco et Olive Cafe

I owe a lot public review sites like Yelp and Zomato. I’d have never entered a place with a name like Coco et Olive otherwise. The cafe itself is quite small and not particularly visible. Furthermore, the name didn’t really sound particularly appealing since I’ve got a pretty strong distaste for olives. However, apparently the place does serve up some delicious-looking cakes and other desserts, as indicated by the pictures that people have posted online, and of course, I could not resist. I found myself drawn to their Olive Oil and Orange Cake, probably because of their name. And, in spite of the disappointments that I’ve had in the past, I found their Almond Croissant Bread Pudding to be simply too delicious-looking to resist, and got a slice of that as well.

Olive Oil & Orange Cake ($5.25):


4/5*
*The cake was meant to be served with whipped cream and lemon curd, but because I had it to-go, I had to forgo the accompaniments. Even without them however, the cake was still delicious. It was incredibly moist and tender, and had a great fragrance from the citrus. I do wish that they did not include the rosemary garnish: I made the mistake of tasting one and it was very bitter and unpleasant.

Almond Croissant Bread Pudding ($5):


4/5
This is actually the first bread pudding that I really enjoyed. It was very moist, with a nice butteriness from the croissant. It was coated in a layer of caramel/toffee sauce, that provided a great sweetness and flavour. The toasted almonds on top lent a really nice fragrance as well as texture.

Coco et Olive is another reminder that I really should not judge a book by its cover: I’m seriously quite surprised by how much I really enjoyed their food. The staff were also quite friendly, and their prices quite reasonable. I’d highly recommend people to check this place out. They do jazz up some of their desserts with accompaniments like whipped cream and sauce, so it’s probably better to have their food at the cafe (instead of takeaway) if possible.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Olive Oil & Orange Cake, Almond Croissant Bread Pudding
Coco Et Olive Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Panidor Bakery Cafe

RIP The Last Crumb. I’ve enjoyed your pie and I’ve been really looking forward to trying your cakes, but alas, you closed before I could. You will be missed.

So Panidor has opened in the place where The Last Crumb used to be. They are a French bakery, and some of their staff had quite thick French accents, whcih I thought was kind of cute (that’s not racist, is it?) I visited them this week, during the latest “snowmageddon” to hit Vancouver because NO AMOUNT OF SNOW OR HORRIBLE TRAFFIC IS GOING TO STOP THIS PIG FROM GETTING HER SWEETS GODDAMN IT! *Sorry that I got a little carried away there; I’m very passionate when it comes to desserts. Anyways, for my visit, I picked up a Ganache Cherry Pistachio Tart, a Mini Croq’embouche and a Croissant with Pistachios and Almond Cream for the mom.

Ganache Cherry Pistachio Tart ($5.99):


4/5
This consisted of a layer of cherry and pistachio paste that was topped by chocolate ganache. Of all the items that I’ve tried, this was easily my favourite. The crust was tender, buttery and cut easily. The cherry lent a really nice bit of tang while the pistachios had a great fragrance and richness. The chocolate was rich, bitter-sweet and not at all waxy. It was also fairly large, and definitely worth the price.

Mini Croq’embouche ($4.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of four balls of cream puffs that are held together by caramelized sugar. The balls were filled with an impressive amount of pastry cream (*MUST RESIST MAKING IMMATURE BALL JOKE*). Unfortunately, I did find the cream to be kind of bland, although it did have a nice, thick creamy texture. Fortunately, the sugar coating the cream puffs did lend some much-needed sweetness, as well as a nice crunch.

Croissant with Pistachios and Almond Cream ($4.50):

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3.5/5
I actually didn’t eat this; I gave it to my mom, who loved croissants. She enjoyed it, but says that it wasn’t as good as the ones from Timbertrain or Cadeaux. I also thought that it was a bit on the smaller side.

I’m quite impressed by Panidor. While I do still miss The Last Crumb, I don’t think that this bakery’s a bad replacement, and I do hope that they manage to stick around. I’d recommend people to check this place out. Just make sure not to go during another snowmageddon (I probably spent well over an hour waiting for the buses to arrive).

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Ganache Cherry Pistachio Tart

Catch 122 Bistro

Okay, I’ll admit it, I have a problem: I’m addicted to French toast. Ever since having this dish at the Twisted Fork a couple of months ago, I’ve been seriously obsessed with the dish and will almost always order it if it’s available on a menu. So when I learned about the Banana Pudding French Toast that’s being served at Catch 122 Bistro, I HAD to visit the restaurant to try it out. I finally had the opportunity today. Along with the aforementioned french toast, I also got a side of their house-made sausage.

Banana Pudding French Toast ($13):


4.5/5
I have to admit, I was initially a bit disappointed by the portion size: there were only 2 pieces of modest-sized toast. Fortunately, what this dish lacked in size, it certainly made up for in taste: this is one of the best french toast that I’ve had thus far. The bread had been thoroughly soaked in syrup/batter, and the edges were crispy and caramelized while the interior was soft and moist. It was sweet, though not overly so, and had a great cinnamon flavour. It was topped with oatmeal, which lent a nice bit of crunchy texutre. I did find the ricotta to be a bit bland; I think that I would have preferred whipped cream. Also, I didn’t detect any banana in the dish, although that’s not really a bit issue for me.

Sausage ($4):


3.5/5
The sausage was tender and juicy, with a nice peppery flavour. I personally would have liked it to be a bit more seasoned (I have a pretty salty pallet). Additionally, I found the size to be too small; I want my sausages to be long and thick! The biggger the better! (I’m so sorry, I just cannot resist making bad dirty jokes).

Coffee ($3):

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I’ve really wanted to try the French toast at Catch 122, and I’m glad to report that I was not disappointed. Although I did find the portion to be a bit small (at least for a big eater like me), the price wasn’t too bad. The staff were also friendly and attentive. The service was a bit slow however: I had to wait >20 minutes for my food (I’ve seriously been having the worst luck in this regard lately). Overall, I’ve had a pretty good experience at this restaurant and will likely be thinking about their French toast in the days to come.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Banana Pudding French Toast
Catch 122 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant

One of my resolutions for this year is to try more types of foods. As much as I LOVE cakes, pastries, and other sweets, I realise that there are a lot of other delicious foods out there. Moreover, I want to try more types of cuisines from different countries. One type of cuisine that I have not had much experience with is Mexican. I don’t think that I’ve ever actually been to a Mexican restaurant before (not even a fast-food like Taco Bell). The closest that I’ve probably had to any Mexican food are breakfast burritos from McDonalds. Wanting to address this issue, I decided to go to Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant for lunch today. I ordered their Burrito de Puerco O Camaron, which is a burrito with either pork or prawn (I picked pork).

Burrito de Puerco O Camaron (Pork, $14.75):

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Pork Burrito – pretty good portion


4/5
This consisted of a pretty large tortilla wrapped around a filling consisting of rice, baked beans, roasted pork and some vegetables, and topped with melted cheese. It was served with tomato sauce and a small side of salad. I really enjoyed this. The tortilla was soft and warm, with a slight chew. The rice was perfectly cooked, well-seasoned and had a nice creaminess from the baked bean. The roasted pork was tender, juicy, well-seasoned with a nice bit of garlic flavour. I initially thought that the amount of pork was a bit sparse, but soon discovered that a lot of it was actually on the other end of the burrito. The dish was a bit salty. I have a pretty high tolerance for salt, so I was fine, but I think that some people might find it too salty. The portion was perfect to satisfy an enormous eater like me. There was one BIG issue with my burrito however, and it was this:

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This is definitely NOT edible!

If you’re having trouble deciphering what this is, it is a chunk of glass. Yes, I found a sizable chunk of glass inside my burrito. Now, I’m generally not too squeamish and don’t mind that much if I encounter a hair or a small piece of plastic in my food. However, I do have an issue with glass/wires/other items that can potentially injure someone and I can totally understand others who might be freaked out and/or outraged by an incident like this. Fortunately, the glass that I encountered here as not sharp, so I was not injured. I made the personal choice not to tell the staff because 1) they didn’t appear to speak English that well, so it was probably going to be difficult to communicate the issue with them and 2) the likely outcome is that they would either re-prepare the dish (which I did not want since I was already 2/3 of the way through) or take it off of my bill. Now, if they were a larger, more popular place I probably would have complained, but since they appear to be a relatively small business I didn’t want to put pressure on them, so I kept my peace. Instead, I simply left the piece of glass in clear view on my plate in hopes that they’ll figure out what had happened and be more careful in the future.

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Hopefully they’ll figure it out…

Overall, glass aside, I really enjoyed my lunch. I did find the price to be pretty steep for a small, hole in the way type restaurant however, and the staff, while quite friendly, weren’t particularly attentive (and didn’t appear to speak English too well either, which was one of the reasons why I didn’t complain to them). I will certainly be going to Mexican restaurants more often after this; I just hope that I don’t encounter any more pieces of glass in my food.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 2.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: Burrito (hopefully you don’t end up getting a piece of glass)

 Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cadeaux

One of my favourite places in Vancouver is Cadeaux. I absolutely love the cakes that they make, and I honestly quiver with excitement whenever I’m about to visit the bakery (I might have a serious addiction to pastries, but I REFUSE to acknowledge it). They always have their London Fog and Carrot cakes available, along with a rotating Chocolate variety. Unfortunately, the chocolate variety that they had during my latest was Chocolate Raspberry Latte, which I’ve already had before. As much as I LOVED that cake (I think that it just might be the best chocolate cake in Vancouver), I decided to get the Carrot Cake instead. Why? Because it’s taller (meaning a bigger portion), that’s why! Additionally, I got their Pistachio Caramel Bavarois, Chocolate Covered Vanilla Cheesecake, and an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Pistachio Caramel Bavarois ($5.95):


3.5/5
This consisted of a layer of pistachio-flavoured bavarois on top of a shortbread crust and covered by a lyaer of caramel. I’ve never had bavarois before; it’s supposed to be whipped cream that’s been thickened with gelatin. The bavarois here was thick and smooth, with a slight bit of tang and a pretty assertive (although a tad artificial) pistachio flavour. I really liked the shortbread crust at the bottom, which was tender and cut easily. The caramel on top unfortunately did not seem to have any flavour at all, although it did look pretty.

Chocolate Covered Vanilla Cheesecake ($5.95):


4/5
The cheesecake was rich, smooth and tangy. The chocolate coating lent a nice bit of fragrance, and was not at all waxy. I was a bit disappointed to find that it did not have a crust (personal preference), but this is still one of the better cheesecakes that I’ve had.

Carrot Cake ($6.25):


5/5
I received an end piece, which came with both advantages and disdvantages. Advantages: since the end is also frosted, the piece had more cream cheese frosting than regular slices, and if I’m being honest, 90% of the reason why I gravitate towards carrot cake is for the cream cheese frosting. Disadvantages: the slice is not particularly photogenic, and, MORE IMPORTANTLY, end pieces appear to be considerably smaller than regular pieces (the slice that I received was noticeably smaller than the one that I got from a previous visit *sob*). Fortunately, the cake still tasted fantastic. The frosting was tangy, smooth and creamy, with a nice hint of vanilla. The cake was moist, choked full of raisins and nuts, and had a great spice. Although my current favourite cake is the “Chester” from Black Rook Bakehouse, this is still wonderful, and I can eat this every day (I probably would too if I didn’t have to bus >1.5 hours to/from the shop).

Almond Croissant ($3.90):

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I didn’t eat that croissant myself: my mom had it, and absolutely loved it. It was pretty reasonably priced too.

Cadeaux has never failed to disappoint me, and my latest visit has been no different. I absolutely love this bakery. I suppose I should be thankful that it’s located so far from my house, I’d be obscenely overweight (even more so than I currently am) otherwise.

Summary:
Food: 4.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4.5/5
Recommendations: Cakes (whichever flavour you prefer)
Cadeaux Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

House of Dosas

It’s easy to forget sometimes, when reviewing a restaurant, that they are run by people. Hard working people who dedicate a lot of their time and energy into their business, especially in a place like Vancouver where the rent is often ridiculous. I was reminded of that fact after my recent visit to House of Dosas. Let me explain…

I’ll begin by saying that I LOVE Indian food. For a while in highschool, it was actually my hands-down favourite cuisine (I don’t really have a favourite these days, unless you can count “chocolate cake” as a cuisine). Unfortunately, I don’t get to eat Indian food often since my parents are on the opposite side of the spectrum in that they HATE Indian food and cannot stand it (I used to give them a hard time about this, but hey, we all have our tastes. I don’t like seafood or sushi, so who am I to judge?). Anyways, I was really craving Indian food this week, and House of Dosas seemed like a good option. I visited them on Monday (during the Family Day long weekend), which was when they have a special where all of their dosas were only $5.99 (their regular price is >$10). I ordered their Meat & Mixed Vegetable Dosa (with chicken) and their Cheese Garlic Uthappam. Unfortunately, in addition to being very busy, there was apparently some issues going on in the kitchen and the food took an entire hour to arrive. Needless to say, I was seriously pissed. So when I got home, I went right to my computer and wrote an angry review on both Yelp and Zomato bashing the restaurant and giving them 1 stars.

The next day, I received a message from the owner on Yelp. I admit, I was seriously embarassed and was actually afraid to read it. The owner was really gracious however, apologizing for the long wait that I’ve had to endure and inviting me to come back to their restaurant again, with a gift card so that my next meal would be complimentary. I was feelig quite guilty for bashing their business, and (let’s be honest) I can never resist the incentive of free food, so I decided to revisit them again for lunch on Wednesday. The place was much less busy when I arrived, and I was greeted by a very friendly gentleman at the front. Since I’ve already had their famous dosas during my previous visit, I wanted to try something else off of their menu. Although my go-to dish at Indian restaurants is, of course, Butter Chicken, I was feeling more adventurous, and got their Chicken Biryani. This time the food arrived at a very reasonable 15 minutes.

Chicken Biryani ($13.99):


4.5/5
This is the first time that I’ve actually had biryani before, and I’ve got to say, if all restaurants had biryani like this, then I really should order this dish more often. I really liked the basmati rice, which was a bit firmer and had more texture than the type of rice that I’m accustomed to. It was filled with various herbs and spices, and was very flavourful and fragrant. There was a generous amount of juicy, boneless chicken (I’m delighted by the fact that they use dark meat) that was well-seasoned and very flavourful, and also a small whole egg. Now, you get to choose the spice level for your dish. I initially requested the dish to be as spicy as possible, but chickened out (no pun intended) and asked for the 2nd highest level of spice instead. I had seriously dodged a bullet: the dish at the 2nd highest level of spice was already seriously HOT. In most restaurants when I ask for my food to be spicy, I usually get something that’s just mildly tingly; here, I was actually tearing up and had to drink a lot of water and also use the raitha that they served the dish with to numb the pain (I wouldn’t have been able to handle the highest level). They seriously don’t pull any punches here, and I’m impressed.

From my aforementioned visit on Monday:

Meat & Mixed Vegetables Dosa (Chicken, $5.99 on Mondays):


4/5
This consisted of a long, thin crepe enclosing a filling of potatoes, peas, carrots (and some other vegetables) and chicken, and was served with three separate chutneys. The crepe was soft, slightly chewy, and quite tasty on its own when dipped into chutney (my favourite is the red one). There was a generous amount of filling, which was also very tasty: the food was well seasoned, with a slight bit of heat, and the pieces of chicken were very tender and moist.

Cheese Garlic Uthappam ($5.99 on Mondays):


3/5
This is an Indian-style pizza that’s topped with garlic and cheese. Unlike Western pizzas, the crust was more fluffy and tender than doughy. I was quite surprised by the amount of garlic that was present; there were large pieces covering the entire top of the pizza, and the flavour did become a bit overpowering. I would have preferred more cheese (you can never have enough cheese) and a bit less garlic.

Coffee ($2.5):

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When it came time to pay for the bill, I actually did not redeem my gift card. Why? Well, I’d like to say that it was because I felt guilty for writing such a harsh review. I’d like to say that it was because I was worried that the fact I received my meal for free would bias my review of the place. But the truth is this: I happened to overhear the gentleman at the front and a few patrons and realized that he is the actual owner of the restaurant, meaning that if I were to try to redeem my gift card, I’d expose myself as the great, gaping a-hole (sorry if I’m being graphic) who bashed his restaurant. NOPE. NO WAY. UH UH. So I paid instead. Even without the gift card, the price was fairly reasonable anyways (and I did want to support the business). The food was solid, and the staff were friendly and attentive. What really stood out to me however is the owner’s graciousness and the dedication that he showed to the customers. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for good Indian food, especially if you enjoy heat.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5 (4/5 on regular days, 5/5 on Mondays)
Service: 4.5/5 (3.5/5 for regular staff, 5/5 if the owners present)
Overall: 4.5/5
Recommendations: Dosas, Biryani
House of Dosas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Brioche

When I first heard of the cafe named “Brioche”, I assumed that it was some French-style bakery that specializes in the bread its named after. That was not the case however. In fact, not only did the cafe not offer any brioche bread, but it was actually Italian/Mediterranean rather than French, with a menu containing various breakfast items, pastas, and Italian dishes. They did, however, have a nice display case filled with various cakes and other pastries (though nothing containing brioche), and being the dessert fiend that I am, I couldn’t resist sampling them first. I got their Black Forest Cake, Gluten Free Brownie (in my defence, I did not know that it was GF until AFTER ordering it), and Opera Cake.

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Black Forest Cake ($6.75?):


3/5
This consisted of two layers of chocolate cake sandwiching a layer of cream, and topped with another layer of cherries and cream, chocolate shavings, and the obligatory marishino cherry. The cake was very moist and tender. I had an issue with the cream, unfortunately: it had a stiff texture and, more importantly, a slightly off, freezer-burned flavour. The shavings of chocolate tasted a bit waxy. It certainly wasn’t bad though, and I did enjoy the cake overall.

Gluten Free Brownie ($6.75?):


3/5
This looked nothing like an actual brownie (which was the reason why I actually picked it – I had NO idea that it was a brownie and, even more importantly GF until AFTER I had ordered it): it was more like a pie with a layer of brownie at the bottom that’s filled with a layer of what appears to be white chocolate icing mixed with pieces of brownie. In spite of my distaste towards GF stuff (I think that it’s a dumb fad that needs to die), I have to say that this actually tasted quite good. The brownie itself was dense and fudgy, albeit a bit grainy. The “white chocolate” lent a nice sweetness and fragrance. Similar to the Black Forest, I did find that the cake had a freezer-burned flavour. Nevertheless, I do confess that I did quite enjoy this dessert.

Opera Cake ($6.75?):


3.5/5
The cake was tender and moist. The layers of coffee mousse/icing provided a nice fragrance and a bit of bitterness. As with the other cakes, this one also suffered from a slight freezer-burned flavour, although it doesn’t seem to be as prominent as the other desserts.

Overall, I found the desserts at Brioche to be reasonably tasty, but marred by an “off”, freezer-burned flavour. I was also a bit annoyed that they don’t have the prices of their desserts clearly displayed (and also not labeling their desserts on their display case, which was what resulted in me picking something GF) – I did experience a bit of stick shock when the total came to over $20, which works out to be approximately $6.75 for a relatively small and not very high quality cake. The staff was super friendly however, and I definitely look forward to coming back to trying their pastas and other savoury items. I would just skip the desserts here.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 2.5/5
Service: N/A (although the staff are super friendly)
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: N/A

Brioche Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Timbertrain Coffee

I don’t want to sound like a spoiled little pig (although I probably am), but I get quite upset when a bakery/restaurant doesn’t have the item that I was hoping to try. There’s nothing more disappointing for me than when I’m unable to get the cake/pastry/some other treat that I’ve been lusting after. Such experiences generally leave a bad taste in my mouth (cheesy pun intended) and sour my impression of a place. Surprisingly, this was not the case for Timbertrain Coffee. I visited this coffee shop for my obligatory morning pastries this weekend. Unfortunately, I think that I’ve probably come too early as they didn’t have much food available; I was hoping to get one of their cookies or waffles but neither were present. In fact, the only stuff they had available were croissants an some scones. Left with little choice, I got an Almond Croissant and a Hazelnut Croissant.

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Very limited selection today…

Almond Croissant ($4.75?):


4.5/5
The croissant was crispy, buttery and melted in my mouth. It was filled with a generous amount of sweet, fragrant almond paste. While I don’t think it’s quite as good as the croissant that I had from L’atelier or Chez Christophe, it is still fantastic.

Hazelnut Croissant ($4.75?):

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4.5/5
This was similar to the almond croissant, except it contains chcoolate hazelnut spread (that had actual bits of hazelnuts inside) in addition to the almond paste. I have an unhealthy obsession with nutella, so I ended up loving this. Again, the croissant itself was crispy and melted in my mouth. The addition of the hazelnut spread added an extra fragrance and flavour that was missing in the almond croissant. This was seriously fantastic, and I wish that more places would offer this type of croissant.

Timbertrain Coffee really surprised me. I don’t know if they make their pastries in house or if they get them from some other bakery, but their croissants are seriously awesome. Although I’m still admittedly a bit sad that I didn’t get to try their cookies or waffles, I really do not regret my visit at all. Their prices are also reasonable, although I do really wish that they could actually have them on the display case (I had NO idea how much the croissants were until it came time for me to pay, and I’m really not a fan of sticker shock).

Summary:
Food: 4.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Croissants

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Memphis Blues Barbeque House

I’m a complete carnivore. I love my meat. It is easily my 2nd favourite food group (behind cakes, pastries and other sweets of course). Seriously, if I had it my way, the food pyramid (are we still using it?) would be inverted, with sweets at the bottom, followed by meats and dairy, and rabbit food (aka vegetables) at the top.

I was having a serious craving for flesh (yes, I’m purposefully trying to sound dirty here), and Memphis Blues Barbeque seemed to be just the spot to satisfy my lechery gluttony. They have a location on Broadway, which was easily accessible from UBC via the 99 B-line. Although I really wanted to get one of their platters, I was smart enough to realize that my stomach wallet wasn’t big enough for a platter. Instead, I went for the next best thing: their combo plate, which included a choice of 2 meats, Cornbread, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Barbecue Sauce, and a choice between Potato Salad or French Fries. I picked their Ribs and Pulled Pork for my meats, and their Potato Salad as my side.

Combo Plate (Ribs, Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, $24.95):

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Mmmm…meat…*drool*

3.5/5 overall

Ribs:


4/5
The plate came with 5 fair-sized ribs. The ribs were perfectly cooked, pulling easily off of the bone while still retaining some texture and chew. They had a nice smokey flavour on their own and a slight bit of heat.

Pulled Pork:


4/5
Like the ribs, the pulled pork was well cooked, and was tender and juicy. I liked the taste of the barbecue sauce that came with the meat, which was sweet and slightly tangy. I did, however, find that the sauce seemed to have a slightly pungent flavour that was a bit off-putting. I’m probably in the minority, but I actually prefer the barbecue sauce from Deacon’s Corner.

Sides:


2.5/5 Overall

Baked Beans:
3.5/5
This was surprisingly delicious. The beans were tender and had a good, rich smokey flavour.

Coleslaw:
2.5/5
If you’re familiar with my blog, you probably know how I feel about rabbit food salad. It wasn’t too bad for it was: it was quite creamy. I did find it to be bland however (I would have enjoyed some sweetness and tang).

Cornbread:
2.5/5
I found this to be a bit dry. It didn’t have much flavour either (I like my cornbread to be sweet). Still, it wasn’t bad.

Potato Salad:
2/5
My biggest regret of the day was picking this over the fries. First of all, the portion was very small, and I found myself getting increasingly envious of the people around me as they enjoyed generous, heaping portions of fries. More importantly though, I didn’t really enjoy the taste. The salad came with some onions and celery (bleh!). It was not very creamy and quite bland. While it was by no means horrible, I actually prefer the Ziggy’s brand from supermarkets over this.

Coffee (complimentary!):

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This came free of charge, since the staff member says that it’s “just basically water”. The cheap Asian in me was quite delighted.

My experience at Memphis Blues Barbeque has taught me one very important lesson: DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING WITH THE WORD “SALAD” IN IT! It doesn’t matter if it’s a “salad-salad” or a pasta/potato salad; salads are just nothing but bad news. In spite of the small and underwhelming potato salad however, there was still a good portion of food and I was left very full and satisfied. This is definitely a good place if you’re a lover of flesh (I seriously need to stop) like me.

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The Aftermath

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Ribs, Pulled Pork
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