Kam Do Bakery

Kam Do is an Asian/Chinese Bakery located in Richmond, right next to the Richmond-Brighouse Skytrain Station. They have a very large selection of buns, cakes, and other baked goods. Unfortunately, I might have arrived too early in the morning: they didn’t have many cakes available. I got their Deep Fried Curry Beef, BBQ Pork, Pineapple Red Bean, Deep Fried Sausage, Shredded Pork, and Taro Buns.

Deep Fried Curry Beef Bun ($2.60):


3.5/5
The bun wasn’t exactly crispy, but it did have a nice fragrance from being deep fried. It had a good amount of curry inside, which was fragrant, but just a bit too salty (even for me).

BBQ Pork Bun ($2.25):


3.5/5
The bun was quite soft, light and fluffy. There was a fairly good amount of bbq pork inside, which had a nice bit of sweetness to it.

Pineapple Red Bean Bun ($2):


4/5
The pineapple topping provided a nice bit of texture and sweetness. I also really enjoyed the red bean paste inside, which was creamy and mildly sweet. There was also a fairly good amount of it inside.

Deep Fried Sausage Bun ($2.25):


3.5/5
Again the bun had a nice texture and fragrance from being deep fried. The sausage inside was more of a hot dog, and was a bit too salty for me.

Shredded Pork Bun ($2.25):


3.5/5
I really enjoyed the pork floss on top, which provided a great savouriness. The creamy stuff in the centre lent a great richness and moistness to the bun.

Taro Bun ($2.25):

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Taro Bun

3/5
The bun itself was pretty light and fluffy. I enjoyed the taro paste, which was creamy and had a slight bit of sweetness to it. I did find there to be too little filling, however.

I quite enjoyed my visit to Kam Do. The food weren’t the greatest that I’ve had, but still solid. The listed prices were a bit on the higher side for an Asian bakery, but many of the buns were 20% off, so in the end they were quite cheap. All in all, this is a decent Asian bakery that’s worth visiting.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: BBQ Pork Bun, Pineapple Red Bean Bun, Shredded Pork Bun
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Trees Organic – Arbutus

Trees Organic is a cafe with several locations around Vancouver that are best known for their cheesecakes, which they claim to be the best in the city. I’ve previously been to their Broadway location that’s near Granville. Recently, I stopped by their location on Arbutus, in Kits. I picked up a slice of The Sin and Maple Walnut cheesecake, as well as an almond croissant for my mom.

The Sin Cheesecake ($7.75):


3/5
This contained chocolate and cherry. The cheesecake was a little too soft for me; I prefer my cakes to be more dense. It was creamy however, and had a nice bit of tang. I enjoyed the chocolate parts, which had a nice flavour. I would have liked a bit more cherry. The crust underneath was just completely soggy and seemed to have been dissolved.

Maple Walnut Cheesecake ($7.75):


3.5/5
The cake had a similar texture to that of The Sin Cheesecake. The maple flavour wa actually quite prominent, and had a nice fragrance. I really enjoyed the walnuts on top, which provided a nice crunch and flavour. Again, I couldn’t get any of the crust.

Almond Croissant ($3.75):

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Almond Croissant

N/A

I have to admit, I’m not overly impressed with Trees Organic. While I did enjoy their cheesecakes, I’m not sure if they’re the “best” in the city and necessarily justify the price. This isn’t a bad spot, but I think it’s still worth checking out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: Maple Walnut Cheesecake
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European Breads Bakery

The crappy thing about being a lone diner is that it can be a little awkward going out to joints to eat, especially if said joint is empty. That was the problem I encountered during my recent visit to European Breads Bakery, which is a small bakery/cafe located on Fraser Street, not far from King Edward Avenue. They have a menu of Eastern European breakfast and lunch items, crepes, drinks, as well as various baked goods. I originally wanted to eat lunch there, but the cafe was empty when I arrived, and I thought it was going to be just too awkward. So instead, I went over to Prado Cafe. I did pick up some of their food, including their Meat Pie, Blueberry Pie, and Poppyseed Cake.

Meat Pie ($2.95):


3.5/5
This was filled with ground beef. The pastry outside was quite flaky and had a nice flavour. There was a fairly good amount of ground beef feeling inside. I did, however, find the beef to be a little dry and bland.

Blueberry Pie ($2.95):


3.5/5
The pastry was similar to that of the meat pie, but was a bit sweeter. There was a good amount of thick blueberry filling inside. The blueberry was a bit on the bland side for me, but probably good for those who don’t like overly sweet pastries.

Poppyseed Cake ($3.59):


3/5
This is like a swiss roll that’s filled with a poppyseed filling. The cake was a tad on the dry side, but still soft and moist. The poppyseeds were a bit on the bitter side; I don’t know if that’s how they’re supposed to taste, but I wasn’t particularly fond of the flavour personally.

Even though I didn’t have the opportunity to try any of the breakfast or lunch items, I did quite enjoy the baked goods at European Breads. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the popyseed cake, but the pies were pretty good, and the prices were fairly reasonable. All in all, this is a joint that I’d recommend checking out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Pies
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Maxim’s Bakery – Fraser

While returning home from a recent conference in Boston, I stopped by the Maxim’s Bakery on Fraser Street to grab some food. The latter is a Chinese/Asian bakery with several locations throughout Greater Vancouver. I’ve previously visited their location on Victoria Drive. While I was tempted by their sliced cakes, I was still carrying my luggage and thought it was going to be difficult to carry a box of cakes without wrecking them. Instead, I ended up getting their Chicken Steamed Bun, Mango Cake, Pineapple Taro Bun, Pineapple BBQ Pork Bun, Coconut Cream Bun, and Lotus Paste & Egg Yolk Pastry. I cannot remember the exact prices of the food, except that they’re all priced at around $1.5 to $2.

Chicken Steamed Bun


3/5
The bun did have a nice texture that was fluffy and slightly chewy. There was a fair amount of filling, which had quite a bit of vegetables mixed into it to provide texture; I wasn’t keen on its flavour, however.

Mango Triangle Cake


4/5
This consisted of layers of mango-flavoured sponge cake sandwiching a cream filling. The cake was light and fluffy, and not overly dry. It had a nice flavour of mango. The cream was sweet and sightly bit salty.

Pineapple Taro Bun


4/5
The bun itself was quite fluffy and soft. It had a wonderful, crispy topping that’s slightly bit crunchy. There was a good amount of taro paste inside, which was creamy and mildly sweet.

Pineapple BBQ Pork Bun


3.5/5
This is similar to the taro bun, but with BBQ pork instead of taro. The filling is a tad bit stingy in this case. The pork was quite tender and flavourful.

Coconut Cream Bun


3.5/5
The bun was soft and fluffy. I quite enjoyed the cream inside, which had a great hint of saltiness, although it was a tad greasy.

Lotus Paste & Egg Yolk Pastry


4/5
This is very similar to a mooncake. I really enjoyed the lotus paste inside, which was sweet and creamy. The egg yolk was salty, and provided a nice bit of oiliness. I also quite enjoyed the surrounding pastry, which was flaky.

I enjoyed my latest visit to Maxim’s Bakery. The food wasn’t mindblowing, but still solid. All in all, this is a good bakery that’s worth visiting.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Mango Cake, Pineapple Taro Bun, Lotus Paste & Egg Yolk Pastry
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Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery

Well, I’ve done. it. After all my disdain for the gluten-free craze, I’ve gone and visited Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery. I just couldn’t resist after catching sight of the cakes that were in the display case: they just looked too pretty to resist. I ended up getting their Campfire Cupcake, Lemon Meringue Tart, Chocolate Passionfruit Tart, Salted Caramel Tart, Mango Cheesecake, Chocolate Caramel Silk, as well as an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Campfire Cupcake ($3.80):


2.5/5
This consisted of a chocolate cupcake that’s topped with a torched marshmallow/meringue frosting. The cupcake itself did have a nice flavour of cocoa; I did find it to be a bit dry in texture. The frosting wasn’t too sweet and had a nice fluffy texture, although I did find it to have an oddly “eggy” flavour.

Lemon Meringue Tart ($6):


4/5
The crust was quite tender and had a buttery flavour. I really enjoyed the lemon curd inside, which had a great tanginess as well as fragrance. The meringue fortunately doesn’t seem to have the eggy flavour that was in the cupcake; it might be because it was covered by the lemon.

Chocolate Passionfruit Tart ($6):


2/5
This contained a hazelnut crust. Unfortunately, I really didn’t care for the crust; it had a bitter flavour and just didn’t have a good texture. I also found the filling to be way too tangy, without much chocolate flavour, although it did have a nice fragrance of fruit.

Salted Caramel Tart ($6):


4.5/5
This, fortunately contained the same crust as the lemon tart, and was filled with caramel, chopped pecan nuts, and a layer of chocolate. I loved the caramel and nut filling, which was gooey and had a nice hint of saltiness. The chopped pecans provided a nice crunch and fragrance. The chocolate ganache had a nice bittersweet flavour that paired well with the caramel.

Mango Cheesecake ($6.50):


4/5
The cheesecake was not particularly dense, but had a relatively lighter, fluffier texture. It as creamy, and had a great balance between sweetness and tanginess. I would have liked there to be a bit more mango flavour, however.

Chocolate Caramel Silk ($6.50):


4/5
This consisted of a chocolate mousse and caramel that’s covered in chocolate ganache. The mousse was light and creamy, and had a really nice bittersweet flavour. The caramel provided a nice sweetness that went well with the chocolate.

Almond Croissant ($4.25):

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Almond Croissant

N/A
This is apparently only available on Saturdays. My mom had this. I didn’t tell her that it was gluten free, and she actually didn’t notice anything amiss, so I guess it must be quite good.

As much as I dislike the whole gluten-free fad, I have to be honest: I really enjoyed my visit to Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery. A couple of the cakes weren’t very good; others were great. The prices are a bit on the higher side, but not outrageous. All in all, I think that the bakery is worth visiting even if you don’t have any special dietary needs.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Lemon Meringue Tart, Salted Caramel Tart, Mango Cheesecake, Chocolate Caramel Silk, Almond Croissant
Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kam’s Bakery

During my recent visit to The Wallflower, I passed by Kam’s Bakery. They are a small Asian/Chinese bakery and restaurant located on Main Street. They are apparently closing down to move to a new location, so the restaurant is no longer operating, and the selection in the bakery area is quite limited. They have their usual buns and pastries, as well as a few cakes. I had their Curry Beef Bun, Lotus Pastry, Coconut Cream Bun, BBQ Pork Bun, “Chocolate” Cake and “Mango” Cake.

Curry Beef Bun ($1.80):


2.5/5
The bun was pretty soft, light and fluffy. There really wasn’t much filling inside at all. The bits of curry that I did get was at least flavourful, and had a nice bit of heat.

“Chocolate” Cake Slice ($2?):


3/5
This consisted of layers of sponge cake sandwiching a custard-like filling. The cake was quite tender and moist, with the cocoa on top providing a nice bit of bitterness. I wasn’t a big fan of the custard, which was a little bland for me.

Lotus Pastry ($2.25):


3.5/5
This is quite like a mooncake. Unlike the buns, this actually had a good amount of filling spread throughout, which was sweet and had a nice fragrance. It was a bit stiff, however.

“Mango” Cake Slice ($2?):


3.5/5
This consisted of a mango mousse on top of a sponge cake. The mango had a great fragrance of mango without tasting too artificial, and was sweet without being overly so. Not really certain if this is the “best” mango cake in Vancouver, but it is certainly pretty good.

BBQ Pork Bun ($1.80):


3.5/5
This consisted a considerably larger amount of filling compared to the curry beef bun. The pork was a little grisly, but was tender and had a nice bit of sweetness.

Coconut Cream Bun ($1.80):


4/5
This consisted of a hot-dog like bun that’s filled with cream and topped with coconut. The coconut on top provided a great fragrance. I thoroughly enjoyed the cream filling, which was sweet, with a slight bit of saltiness.

I enjoyed my visit to Kam’s Bakery. The food wasn’t the greatest, but not bad either; the prices are quite cheap. I don’t know where their new location will be, but I’d recommend checking this bakery out at wherever they will be.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Coconut Cream Bun, Lotus Pastry, “Mango” Cake
Kam's Bakery & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Giovane Cafe

Giovane Cafe is a popular spot located near Waterfront. They serve up a menu of breakfast and lunch items, as well as good variety of pastries and cakes. They are probably best known for their Sugar Buns, which are like a cross between a donut and a bun, and are filled with a variety of custards. I had their Matcha Sugar Bun, Malt Chocolate Cake Bar, Pineapple Coconut Ube, Chocolate El Sol, and Almond Croissant.

Matcha Sugar Bun ($5):


4/5
This was like a cross between a donut and a bun; it consisted of a thin layer of dough and was stuffed with a matcha cream filling, and was also dusted with some matcha. The amount of filling was very generous; it was literally oozing out of the bun as I bit into it. It was not overly sweet, and had a really great fragrance of matcha, and also a great bit of bitterness from the matcha on top.

Malt Chocolate Cake Bar ($8):


4/5
This was like an ice cream pop, except in cake form. It contained a chocolate mousse, a jelly, and some crunchy parts inside, and was coated with a layer of milk chocolate. The mousse was sweet, creamy and rich, the crunchy bits provided a nice texture, while the jelly lent a tang to offset the sweetness.

Pineapple Coconut Ube ($6):


4/5
The cake contained a crunchy layer on the bottom that seemed to have some coconut flavour, as well as white chocolate. The layer of jelly on top provided a great tanginess, which balanced well with the layers of ube and white chocolate, which was quite sweet.

Chocolate El Sol ($8):


4/5
This consisted of a chocolate cake that’s topped with a thick chocolate mousse, and surrounded by a thin piece of dark chocolate. The chocolate was bittersweet. It was a tad stale, but not too waxy. The chocolate mousse and cake had a nice bittersweet flavour; the cake also contained some crunchy parts. Even though it wasn’t very large, it was quite rich.

Almond Croissant ($4.25):

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Almond Croissant

N/A
My mom had this. She really enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed my visit to Giovane Cafe. The sugar bun was very good, as were all of the cakes. The prices are a bit on the higher side, but I think their quality makes them worthwhile. All in all, this is a cafe that I think is definitely worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Sugar Buns, Cakes
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Edible Flours

Not long ago, we had a student from Australia come by to spend a few weeks at our lab. He was apparently a vegan *gasp*. When he was about to leave, one of the lab members bought him a cupcake from Edible Flours. They are a small bakery located on Broadway that specializes in vegan treats. Recently, during my visit to Heart Attack & Vine, I happened to pass by the shop and decided to check it out. They have a small selection of baked goods, including cupcakes, where you get to choose your base and frosting. I had a Chocolate Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting. I also picked up a Cinnamon Roll.

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Baked Goods

Chocolate Cupcake + Marshmallow Frosting ($4):


3/5
The cupcake was quite moist, and had a nice, slightly bittersweet flavour of cooca. The marshmallow frosting was quite sweet and a little stiff; I can’t taste any of the marshmallow in it. However, I must say that I honestly can’t notice any difference between this cupcake and regular, non-vegan cupcakes.

Cinnamon Roll ($4.25):


3/5
The bun was a little dry and not very fluffy. It did have a nice flavour of cinnamon. I couldn’t really taste much of the glaze: I really wish it could have been cream cheese instead (I guess it’s not possible though, since it’s vegan).

I’ve got to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Edible Flours; the food was just alright. This isn’t really a bakery that I’d recommend, save if you are vegan and need an alternative.

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

Tim Hortons – Oakridge Mall

I heard people say that Tim Hortons apparently has the best Boston Cream donut. It has been actually a while since I’ve been to the shop. During a recent trip to Oakridge mall, I decided to drop by one of their locations at the food court. They are quite small and have a more limited selection of donuts and other pastries. I picked up a Boston Cream and Sour Cream Glazed donut.

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Donuts

Sour Cream Glazed ($0.99):


4/5
The donut had a really great texture, and was tender and cakey, but having a slight bit of chewiness as well. It had a great hint of tanginess and flavour from the sour cream. The glaze provided sweetness, without making it too much.

Boston Cream ($1.19):


3.5/5
The donut had a nice fluffy texture. The filling was cream and sweet; I would have liked there to be more of it. The chocolate glaze provided a nice, slightly bittersweet flavour.

Does Tim Hortons have the best donuts? Not really. However, they are still good and only a fraction of the price compared to the fancier joints like Lucky’s or Cartems. I honestly would chose this joint over the latter.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Sour Cream Glazed, Boston Cream
Tim Hortons Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Piast Bakery & Deli

On my recent visit to Dutch Wooden Shoe, I passed by Piast Bakery. The latter is actually both a grocery shop, deli and bakery that specializes in European fare. I picked up a slice of their Strawberry Mousse Cake and Mountain Cheese Cake.

Strawberry Mousse Cake ($5.75):


1/5
This consisted of a base that’s filled with strawberry mousse, and is topped with a crumble. Unfortunately, I did not like this at all. The mousse honestly tasted like cough syrup and had a horrible bitter after taste. I just couldn’t even finish it.

Mountain Cheese Cake ($6):


3/5
This was called a “cheese cake” even though it wasn’t really a cheese cake at all; it actually consisted of cake, cream, poppyseeds, and a layer of chocolate on top. The cake was quite tender and moist; the poppy seed provided a nice bit of texture; the chocolate on top was not waxy. I did find it to be a tad greasy, but it was thankfully still miles better than the strawberry mousse.

I’ve seldom ever met a piece of cake that I couldn’t eat, but the strawberry mousse cake was just wretched. Thankfully, their “cheese cake” was better, so I can only assume that their other cakes were better. The prices were fair and the staff was friendly. I’d still recommend checking the place out, although I’d be a little cautious about what to get.

Summary:
Food: 2/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 2.5/5
Recommendations: N/A
Piast Bakery & Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato