D’oro Gelato e Caffè

I’m not the biggest fan of ice cream. It’s shocking, I know. Now, I don’t have anything againt ice cream; I’ll certainly eat it if it’s there. I just don’t find ice cream to be substantial enough to serve as a “main dish”. To me, it’s more like a garnish or sauce to enhance a slice of pie or brownie. Thus, when I visited D’oro Gelato & Caffè today, it wasn’t for their gelato (although they do have a very large selection of delicious-looking gelatos), but for their baked goods. They have a good selection of house-made Italian-style pastries and cakes. I picked up a Pistachio Cannoli, Chocolate Ganache Cheescake, Chocolate Temptation Cake and Almond Croissant.

Pistachio Cannoli ($3.60):


3.5/5
This consisted of a shell that’s filled with (what I think is) ricotta and studded with some crushed pistachios at the ends. Although the shell was a tad soggy, the filling was quite delicious: thick, creamy, mildly sweet with a really nice fragrance (possibly lemon).

Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake ($6.15):


4.5/5
This consisted of a layer of cake/brownie topped with a thick layer of cheesecake and covered with crumbled bits of chocolate cake on top. The cheesecake was firm (which is how I like it) yet creamy, with a nice tang. The cake/brownie crust was rich and fudgy. Definitely one of the better cheesecakes that I’ve had.

Chocolate Temptation Cake ($7.05):


4/5
This consisted of chocolate mousse sandwiched between layers of cake/wafer and covered in a chocolate ganache. The mousse was soft, smooth and creamy while the cake/wafer was moist and fragrant (I think there might be some hazelnut flavour), with a nice crispy texture at the bottom. The dessert is on the sweeter side, but I personally really enjoyed it.

Almond Croissant ($4.65):

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Treat (almond croissant) for the mom

N/A
I didn’t eat this, I gave it to my mom, who loves double-baked croissants, but is too much of a cheap Asian to spend the $4-5 on buying on herself. She really enjoyed it, so it’s a big thumbs up from her.

While I haven’t tried any of their gelatos, I have to say that the baked goods are quite good and worth the visit alone. The staff is very friendly. I do find the prices of some of their desserts to be too steep (a small slice of cake currently runs for $6-$7). Otherwise, it is definitely a nice spot for some Italian treats and ice cream (they also have a gorgeous selection of ice cream cakes too).

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 2.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
D'oro Gelato e Caffè Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

La Cuisson

I don’t usually buy drinks. And no, I’m not just referring to alcohol (I seriously cannot stand the taste of alcohol), but also coffee/tea/other liquids in general. It’s not that I don’t like drinks (I do enjoy a good latte/milkshake/frap); I just prefer to save my money and stomach for poutine/pasta/cakes/fried chicken/a thousand other solids that I love. Hence, when I visited La Cuisson this week, it wasn’t for any of their drinks but rather their desserts. They are one of several tea rooms in Kerrisdale and has, in addition to quite an extensive menu of tea/coffee/fancy drinks, a selection of cakes and other sweets made in the Asian-style. I got their Mango Mousse, Matcha Redbean Mousse and Royal Chocolate Cake.

Mango Mousse ($6.25):


4/5
This consisted of a thin layer of cake topped with mango mousse and pieces of mango. The mousse was light and had a wonderful, fresh tang that’s similar to that of a lemon tart. The mango flavour was strong without being artificial.

Matcha Redbean Mousse ($6.25):


3.5/5
This consisted of a thin layer of sponge cake topped with matcha mousse that is studded with pieces of sweetened red beans. The mousse again was very light and only mildly sweet. I did find the matcha flavour to be a bit too subtle and hard to detect.

Royal Chocolate Cake ($6.25):


4.5/5
This consisted of a layer of crispy wafer and a thin layer of cake topped with chocoalte mousse. Similar to the other desserts, the mousse was quite light but had a nice bittersweet flavour. I absolutely adored the wafer crust, which was sweet and had a fantastic crispy texture.

While I haven’t tried any of the drinks at La Cuisson, their pastries are quite well-made and ideal for those who don’t like overly-sweet desserts. Personally, I do find the prices for their pastries to be a bit on the higher side. Otherwise, this seems to be a pretty decent option for some drinks and lighter desserts.

Summary
Food: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Mango Mousse, Royal Chocolate Cake
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41 Noodle & Rice Pot House

After getting a bit of a stomachache from stuffing myself earlier this week, I’ve been trying to eat a bit lighter (don’t worry, this phase is definitely not going to last). As such, I decided to check out 41 Noodle & Rice Pot today, which has apparently replaced Bubble Waffle Cafe. They have a good selection of Asian/HK style food, including noodles, soups, rice and snacks. I decided to get their Deep Fried Chicken Nuggets w/Rice (because yes, I do consider chicken nuggets to be “light).

Deep Fried Chicken Nuggets w/ Rice ($12.00):

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Deep Fried Chicken Nuggets w/ Rice


3.5/5
The set came with chicken nuggets, rice, and some bok choy. On the menu it states that the dish is supposed to come with soup, but it appears that they have forgotten to bring mine as I didn’t receive any. I didn’t mind though since I don’t really care that much for soup anyways. There was a decent amount of chicken nuggets, which had a nice, light and crispy batter. It was not particularly meaty however, with the pieces being more batter than meat. It was also quite salty; when eaten together with the rice, it was quite good, but it would probably be a bit too salty if eaten alone as a snack.

On a return visit, I decided to get one of their Rice Pots. I picked the one with Pork Belly & Salted Duck Egg.

Rice Pot w/ Pork Belly & Salted Duck Egg ($11.75):

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Rice Pot w/ Pork Belly & Salted Duck Egg

4/5

Soup:


On this occasion I did actually receive my soup, which consisted of a pork bone broth with two large pieces of daikon. It tasted fine, but I don’t feel like I’ve missed out much when I didn’t receive it during the last time.

Rice Pot:


The rice pot was topped with thin slices of steamed pork belly and half a salted duck egg. Now, the pork belly wasn’t what I had expected it to be; being Shanghainese I was imagining large, thick pieces of fatty pork with skin that’s been braised in soy sauce. Instead, I received thin, skinless slices of steamed pork belly. Expectations aside however, the meat was still quite tasty, albeit a tad tough and chewy; I do wish that there was a bit more of it however (I’m a complete carnivore/meatatarian). The duck egg was very salty (as it is supposed to be), with a lovely, oily yolk. The rice on the edges were nicely toasted, and had a wonderful crispy texture, and tasted fantastic when mixed in with some of their sweet soy sauce that they have on their table.

Although my current attempt at eating slightly lighter meals is certianly not going to last long, I’ve quite enjoyed my visits to 41 Noodle & Rice Pot House. Their prices are reasonable, and the service is quite efficient with friendly staff members (who fortunately do speak Mandarin in additition to Cantonese so I don’t end up looking stupid and dumb when they try to talk to me in Chinese). Overall, this is a pretty good place for some casual HK food.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Rice Pots
41 Noodle & Rice Pot House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Deer Island Bakery

After absolutely gorging myself at Dosa Factory the day before, I ended up waking the next day with a bit of a stomachache. It was one of the rare occasions where I actually didn’t want something greasy and heavy *gasp*. I decided to go to Deer Island Bakery, a Chinese-style bakery in Kerrisdale to get lunch. Although the shop is quite small, they have quite a large selection of baked goods. I picked up a Pineapple with B.B.Q. Pork Bun, a Pork Sung Roll, and a Chicken Pineapple Pie because yes, I consider three fair-sized buns to be a “light” meal.

 

Pineapple with B.B.Q. Pork Bun ($1.95):


3/5
The bun itself seemed quite fresh, and had a nice fluffy texture as well as a crispy, sweet top. The bbq pork filling had a nice sweet flavour (without being overwhelming so) and was quite tender. Unfortunately, I found them to be quite stingy with the filling and only about 1/4-1/3 of the bun contained filling.

Pork Sung Roll ($1.95):


3.5/5
This consisted of a folded bun sandwiching a filling of mayonnaise and pork floss. Once again the bun was soft and fluffy. The mayonnaise had a great creaminess that paired well with the savoury flavour from the pork floss.

Chicken Pineapple Pie ($1.60):


3.5/5
The pie contained chicken, some corn, and pieces of pineapple. I personally didn’t really care too much for the pineapple; they didn’t really bother me, but they didn’t add anything either. There was a pretty decent amount of chicken, which was quite tender. I quite liked the crust, which was tender and had a nice sweetness.

Based off of my relatively small sampling, I’ll say that while I wasn’t blown away by Deer Island Bakery, I didn’t find their food to be bad either. The prices are fair and in line with what you’d expect from Asian bakeries. While I do prefer other places like Maxim’s, this still isn’t a bad place to grab a few Chinese-style treats.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: N/A
Deer Island Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dosa Factory

So a slightly weird thing happened to me while I was at Dosa Factory today. It wasn’t really anything of a big deal, just slightly awkward/uncomfortable that I wanted to complain about on my blog because I’m seriously the most boring person on earth and I’ve got absolutely nothing else to talk about. So here goes:

I went to Dosa Factory this week for their specials. Like House of Dosas, which is located just a few doors down, they have a special on Monday where they have a selected variety of their dosas going (currently) for $6.99, which is $1 higher than HoD, but they do include a small dessert in their combo. The restaurant was understandably quite busy when I arrived (because who can resist a $6.99 dosa?), and I ended up getting a table that’s right next to the cash register at the front where a lot of people are standing around to pay their bills. I decided to get their Chicken Mixed Vegetable Dosa.

Chicken Mixed Vegetable Dosa ($6.99 on Mondays):


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Chicken Mixed Vegetable Dosa


4/5
The Monday special consisted of a dosa, three chutneys (coconut, tomato and sambar) and a small, bite-sized dessert (I got a Ras Malai). The dosa is essentially a large, thin crepe, and has a crispy texture in the regions near the edges and a softer, chewier texture in regions closer to the interior. On its own it has a slightly tangy flavour; I ate it with the chutneys (my favourite is the coconut, which is creamy and has a nice aroma). There was a generous amount of filling, which consisted of chicken, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and peas. The meat and vegetables is well-cooked and seasoned, and had a nice aroma from the spices, although I could have done with a bit more heat. While I’m generally not the biggest fan of Indian desserts (I find them too sweet, which is a bit shocking as I LOVE sugar), I actually quite liked the Ras Malia, which wasn’t overly sweet and had a nice creaminess and aroma.

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Great deal!

So what is the “awkward” thing that I was talking about at the beginning of this post? Well it is this: while I was sitting alone at my table beside the cash register, waiting for my food to arrive, a random stranger came and plotted herself right down in a chair at my table. She was apparently a customer who had ordered her food to-go and decided to take a seat while waiting for it to be prepared. Not that she told me this; no, she never spoke or asked if it was okay to sit at my table while she waited for her food. I know that this isn’t a big deal and I’m probably being a spoiled, entitled a-hole for bitching about it, but I do wish that she could have at least asked…

In spite of the slightly weird incident, I returned the following day to try more of their food. The restaurant was almost completely empty this time and I got a nice table far from the cash register and any customers who might be tempted to sit down at my table while they waited for their food. They had their Kothu special on Tuesday, which is currently priced at $10.99 (the normal prices is $13.99+). While I normally do prefer chicken, I ended up ordering their lamb version. Why? Because I’m a cheap Asian who could not ignore the fact that the chicken kothu parotta was only $13.99 on regular days while the lamb is priced at $15.99, meaning that I save $5 instead of $3, that’s why!

Lamb Kothu Parotta ($10.99 on Tuesday):

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Lamb Kothu Parotta – big portion!

4.5/5
This is the first time that I’ve had this type of dish and now that I’ve tried it, there’s no doubt that I’d be ordering this more in the future. This is quite similar to a fried noodle dish, except with strips of chopped up parotta (which is a type of flatbread) in place of the noodles, mixed with various spices, eggs and lamb. The parotta had a soft chewy texture that is a bit like rice noodle rolls. It was very flavourful and had a great fragrance from the spices. I had requested the dish to be spicier and they made it perfectly: there was a good amount of heat, just enough to make my eyes water slightly. There was a good amount of lamb, which was very tender and not too gamey. It was quite a large portion too: I was quite full about 2/3 of the way through the dish but it was so addictively tasty that I just couldn’t stop eating the whole thing.

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I need better self-restraint (SO FULL!!!)

The kothu parotta left me completely, utterly stuffed. I was seriously so full that I ended up spending the next few hours with my belt unbuckled (my apologies for the disturbing image). After visiting this restaurant twice, I’ve got say that I really like this joint. While I do prefer HoD a tad more (I do think that their service is better), this is still a very good restaurant, and definitely worth visiting (especially on Mondays).

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5 (5/5 on Mondays, 3.5/5 on regular days)
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Kothu Parotta, Dosa
Dosa Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cafe Villaggio

I generally don’t hang out. I just don’t see the appeal of sitting around a cafe with nothing but a cup of coffee talking to someone or gazing at some scenery. It might be okay for ten minutes, maybe twenty, but after that I just want to leave. I don’t like to be outside. I’m like a fat Gollum. I like to lurk alone in the shadows of my cave with my precious desserts. Hence, while the ocean view of Cafe Villaggio is certainly a draw to many, I was only interested in their food. They have a pretty big selection of cakes, pastries and other baked goods. I picked up a few cakes (Cappuccino Cake, Chocolate Cheesecake, and Chocolate Swiss Roll) and two croissants (Hazelnut Chocolate and Almond).

Cappuccino Cake ($5.00):


3/5
According to the description on their label, this consisted of hazelnut daquoise, coffee cremeux, and vanilla custard. The layers of cream and custard were rich, creamy and quite sweet, with a nice fragrance of coffee. Unfortunately, I found the chocolate that they used to be somewhat waxy and had a pretty strong, stale flavour that I found to be somewhat off-putting.

Hazelnut Chocolate Croissant ($4.50):


4/5
This is a double-baked croissant that’s filled with a chocolate hazelnut paste and topped with flaked almonds. While the croissant was not as crisp and flaky as the ones from the top tier bakeries (Thomas Haas, Chez Christophe etc), it was still quite rich and buttery, with a nice fragrance from the almonds. I don’t know if they make the filling in house, but it’s not nutella (as I had expected), but rather a ground nut paste mixed with chocolate. It had a nice fragrance of almonds; I couldn’t really detect much hazelnut in it however. They also have an almond version of the croissant, and I got one for my mom. She absolutely loved it.

Chocolate Cheesecake ($5.50):


4.5/5
This consisted of a layer of cheesecake that’s topped with chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache. The cheesecake was smooth and creamy, with a nice mild tang. I do find it to be a bit too soft for my liking – I prefer firmer New York Style cheesecakes – but that’s just a personal preference. I was a bit nervous about the layer of chocolate ganache as I found the chocolate in their cappuccino cake to be stale and waxy; fortunately, the chocolate here however was good; smooth and rich with a prefect bittersweet flavour. This is a solid cheesecake; I actually prefer it over the ones from Trees Organic.

Chocolate Swiss Roll ($4.50):


2.5/5
This consisted of chocolate cake filled with marscapone cream. I did not care for the cake itself: it had an odd chewy, gummy texture and was almost completely flavourless, and seemed to have a bit of a stale, “off” flavour. The cream filling was quite good however: it was light, soft and creamy, and seemed to be quite fresh.

For the (probable) majority of people who do enjoy hanging out, Cafe Villaggio is definitely a good place, especially if you happen to catch one of the rare days when it’s actually sunny in Vancouver. For the few Gollums out there, this is still a decent place to get some reasonably-priced cakes and pastries (provided that you know which ones to get and which ones to avoid). Their cheesecake is definitely preciousssssss!

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Croissants, Cheesecake
Cafe Villaggio Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Juke Fried Chicken

I generally don’t have the greatest luck in general. When it comes to eating out, I often encounter the situation where the one item that I REALLY wanted to try is not available on the day/time that I visited. Examples of such include Score on Davie (their banana bread french toast), Black Rook Bakehouse (any one of their several chocolate cakes), Bean Brothers Cafe (their tiramisu), Fondway Cafe (where they literally had NOTHING available), and so on. I can now add Juke Fried Chicken to that list. They are a joint in Chinatown that, as the name implies, specializes in fried chicken. Although the fried chicken is already tempting enough on its own, it was actually their cornbread mac and cheese that I just HAD to try. So I made the trip to the joint this afternoon to get their fried chicken and mac and cheese. But of course, surprise surprise, their mac and cheese is only on their dine-in menu, which is served in the evening. *sigh*. You’d think that by now I’d have gotten so used in disappointments that I’d stop feeling pain, but no, I was still crushed. I ended up settling for a side of their Dirty Fries instead, to go with two pieces of their Fried Chicken.

Fried Chicken (2 pc, $5.75):


3.5/5
Their chicken wasn’t made to order, and hence was only warm when it arrived. Nevertheless, it was still quite tasty. I was glad to have received two pieces of thighs, which, by virtue of being dark meat, was very tender and juicy, and quite well-seasoned. The skin was crispy and flavourful. I was not a huge fan of their spices however; I personally found it to be slightly pungent (I’m a fan of the spices from KFC).

Dirty Fries ($8):

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Dirty Fries – I don’t think this is poutine…

3.5/5
On their menu board they describe the fries as “poutine”, but I don’t think that’s accurate. I’m certainly not a purist, but when you call something “poutine” it should have gravy and cheese and this had neither. Instead, it consisted of fries dressed in some spicy mayo, ketchup and topped with pickled cabbage. Regardless of whether it’s poutine or not, it was still quite tasty; I especially liked the mayo, which lent a great creaminess and richness. It was a pretty good portion and not bad for the price.

I have to admit that I was still very disappointed when I left Jukes about not having gotten the mac and cheese that I so desperately wanted to try. *sob* Nevertheless, the food that I did get wasn’t too shabby, and the staff is pretty friendly. Not a bad place for some fried chicken if you want something different from KFC.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Fried Chicken, Dirty Fries
Juke Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pure Delight Cafe

I’ve never had lemongrass chicken before. Yes, it’s hard to believe, especially considering how many Vietamese restaurants there are in Vancouver, but I’ve never actually gotten around to visiting them. My narrow-minded parents generally scoff at the food from other Asian countries because they’re all cheap knockoffs of Chinese cuisine (with Japanese being the only exception), and growing up, I haven’t gotten much exposure to food from other countries. Wanting to rectify this situation, I decided to visit Pure Delight Cafe today. They are a restaurant located on West Broadway in Kits that was apparently formerly called Golden Train Express, but has since undergone renovations and has now been renamed Pure Delight Cafe. They have a quite a large menu of Vietnamese dishes. Of course, I had to get their lemongrass chicken, and ordered their Lemongrass Chicken Fried Rice.

Lemongrass Chicken Fried Rice ($11.95):


4/5
This came with a generous portion of fried rice that’s topped with a large piece of lemongrass chicken and was accompanied by a side of pickled radishes and carrots. The rice contained dried shrimp and some other ingredients that I couldn’t honestly recognize, and had a nice fragrance as well as savoury flavour. The chicken was tender, juicy and flavourful with a nice char. I couldn’t detect any lemongrass flavour (although to be fair I actually don’t know what lemongrass flavour is like; I’m assuming that it’s, well, lemony), but that didn’t really bother me too much. The portion was good and quite filling.

Wanting to try some pho, which is probably the most popular Vietnamese dish around here, I returned the following day and had their Beef Ball Satay Noodle Soup. You have the option of getting a small, medium or large. Of course, I had the large.

Beef Ball Satay Noodle Soup (Large, $10.95/$11.95):

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Beef Ball Satay Noodle Soup – big bowl!


3.5/5
This consisted of a bowl of broth blended with chili paste and filled with rice noodles and beef meat balls. The broth was light, with a savoury and mildly spicy flavour. The noodles had a nice bouncy texture. The beef balls were just the standard type that you get from Asian places like T&T, but were still tasty and had an enjoyable bouncy texture. The large was seriously a real big portion and I actually had trouble finishing it (I did succeed in the end, but I was seriously STUFFED).

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At this point I was wondering if I should have gotten the medium size
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I made it! (so full!)

Now I do have a bit of a confusion regarding the price: on the menu, I think that it was $11.95 for the large version, when I got the bill however, I was charged $10.95. Hey, I’m certainly not going to complain about being charged less than I thought, I just don’t know if it was a typo on the menu or a mistake by the server.

Fortune Cookies (comes with bill):

So I’ve finally tried lemongrass chicken, and I have to say, I was not disappointed. My visit to Pure Delight Cafe has certainly made me gain an appreciation for Vietnamese food, and I’ll certainly be exploring more of it in the future. The prices at this restaurant are quite reasonable, especially taking in account their generous, hearty portions. Service-wise, the food comes very quickly (I got my noodle within probably 5 minutes of ordering); the server I had was very quiet and reserved, but quite attentive. This is definitely a good place for a tasty and affordable meal in Kits.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Lemongrass Chicken Fried Rice

Pure Delight Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Frites with Benefits

So I’ve finally got myself a FWB. And no, I’m not talking about a friend with benefit. I mean who needs friends with benefit when you can have frites with benefits? You can’t eat your fri- okay I’m going to stopright there before it gets dirty. ANYWAYS, I was having a craving for poutine, so I decided to pay a visit to Frites with Benefits. They are one of several places in Downtown that offer French fries/poutines. They are more unique from other joints however in that they provide some unique Asian-fusion flavours like Kimchi and Okonomi. I got their Bacon and Pulled Pork Poutine.

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The various “benefits” that comes with your frites

Bacon and Pulled Pork Poutine (Regular Size, $8.99):


3.5/5
This came with a very generous amount of topping: there was a good heap of pulled pork and bacon bits. The pulled pork was sufficiently tender and juicy. It was more on the savoury side, and I personally prefer to have a bit of sweetness in my pulled pork. The bacon was smoky and had a good salty flavour. Now, I don’t know if it’s true, but I heard that authentic cheese curds aren’t supposed to melt, and theirs did, but seriously I couldn’t care less, I enjoyed the cheese. The fries were thick and flavourful. I do feel that they did use a bit too much gravy however, and the fries on the bottom got quite soggy.

On a return visit, I decided to try one of their gourmet fries, and ordered their Cirspy Chicken Fries.

Crispy Chicken Fries (Regular Size, $8.99):


4/5
This consisted of pieces of fried chicken and your choice of sauce: I picked their peanut satay, which was creamy and sweet, with a slight bit of heat; I did find the peanut flavour to be a tad weak however. Once again, there was a generous amount of topping. The chicken was tender and flavourful, although the batter did understandably get a bit soggy from the sauce. Since there was no gravy, the fries were much crispier and quite tasty.

So I’ve quite enjoyed my trysts with my new FWB. Seriously though, this is a really great little shop that I think definitely deserves more recognition. Although I do find their regular size to be a bit on the smaller side, and not quite large enough for a meal. However, they do give a generous amount of topping, and I think that it is still pretty good value for the price. If you happen to be looking for a new FWB (okay, seriously, I’m going to stop), be sure to check this place out!

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Gourmet Fries, Poutines
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Ganache Patisserie

The term “overrated” carries a pretty bad connotation. It seems that for some people overrated is the same as bad. I, however, have a different use for the term. To me, something can be overrated but still good, just not AS GOOD as most other people think it is. For instance, I enjoyed the first Avengers movie, but I didn’t think it’s nearly as awesome as everyone else says it is (and this is probably the last you’ll hear from me since I’m going to be lynched by Marvel fans. Please don’t kill me! I loved the latest Thor movie and I’m sure I’ll enjoy Infinity Wars!).

Anyways, I visited Ganache Patisserie this week. This is a French-style cakeshop located in Yaletown, near the skytrain station, that offers a great assortment of beautiful cakes. Unfortunately, although their desserts do look lovely, their prices are, well, less so. $7.75 for a tiny little cake?!? I mean come on! Not even Thomas Haas has prices this high. Unable to justify shelling out this much money, I ended up limiting myself to two cakes. I picked the Concorde Praline and Cube au Chocolat Cafe. I also picked up a Brioche aux Cannelle Raisins for my mom.

Concorde Praline ($7.75):


4/5
“Hazelnut cocoa meringe, chocolate guimauve, dark chocolate praline mousse, chocolate chantilly”
The meringe was light, crispy and chewy, and had a nice fragrance from the hazelnut. While I’m personally not the biggest fan of meringues, I think that this one’s pretty well made and will be appreciated by those who do. The mousse was creamy, with a rich chocolate flavour. The marshmallow was soft and fluffy, and melted in my mouth.

Cube au Chocolat Cafe ($7.75):


3.5/5
“Moist chocolate cake, Haiti 65% dark chocolate ganache, Haiti 65% dark chocolate mousseline, espresso buttercream”
The cake was dense, rich and chocolaty, although I did find it to be just a tad on the dry side. The buttercream had a lovely coffee flavour, but seemed to be slighlty stale with a mild freezer-burned taste.

Brioche aux Cannelle Raisins ($3.75):

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Brioche aux Cannelle Raisins – basically a cinnamon bun.

N/A
This is essentially like a small cinnamon bun, composed of a brioche dough rolled with cinnamon sugar and raisins. I didn’t try this; I gave it to my mom. She seemed to enjoy it.

If you haven’t guessed by now from my intro to this post, I found Ganache Patisserie to be completely, utterly overrated. Don’t get me wrong though, I did enjoy the desserts overall and their staff is also very nice. However, I do find their prices to be outrageous. If you’re going to charge me almost $8 for a tiny piece of cake that’s only about 1/2-1/3 the size of a slice from Trafiq or Cadeaux it better be THE MOST FREAKING AMAZING piece of cake that I’ve ever tasted, and unfortunately, that was just not the case. While I don’t think that this is a bad bakery, I doubt that I’ll ever be returning.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 1.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: N/A
Ganache Patisserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato