Cafe FortyOne

This is a cafe located on the corner of 41st and Oak, at the Jewish centre. They offer up a menu of Kosher breakfast and lunch items, pizzas, drinks, and bakeries. You order at the front counter, and the staff will bring the food to you once it’s ready. I had their Cheese Blintzes and a small Mocha. The food was good; I did find the mocha to be a little grainy however. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is friendly. This is a spot that I definitely recommend checking out.

Cheese Blintzes ($9.95):


3.5/5
This consists of two rolled up crepes, and are served with a side of sour cream and strawberry preserves. I thought from the name that the crepes would be filled with cheese, but instead it was this clear, thick filling that was sweet. I found the filling to be a bit on the overly sweet side, although still good; the crepes themselves were tender and chewy. I do wish that the preserves could have been raspberry or something more tart to balance the sweetness. The sour cream was a nice touch.

Small Mocha ($3.75):


3/5
This was served with two small pieces of chocolate, which were bittersweet and not waxy. The mocha had a pretty good flavour, being sweet and chocolaty with a bit of bitterness. Unfortunately, I found it to be quite grainy near the bottom.

I quite enjoyed my visit to Cafe FortyOne. The food was good; I did find the mocha to be a little grainy however. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is friendly. This is a spot that I definitely recommend checking out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Cheese Blintzes
Cafe FortyOne Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bao Place

The Bao Place is a small shop located on Kingsway, just across from Metrotown. As the name suggests, they specialize in steamed buns, which they offer in about a dozen varieties. I finally had a chance to check the place out during a recent visit to Superstore. I had their BBQ Delight, Buttermilk, Taro, Pork Deluxe, Curry Dynamite, and Belly Belly Pork buns, as well as a sample of their Chili Oil.

BBQ Delight ($3):


4/5
This was filled with ground pork in a bbq sauce. The bun looked a bit flat in appearance, but was actually quite light and fluffy. The pork was tender and juicy, and had a nice bit of sweetness.

Buttermilk ($2.50):


3.5/5
The filling was actually more custard-like, and contained coconut. It was on the sweeter side while the coconut provided a great fragrance.

Taro ($2.50):


3.5/5
The filling was quite creamy and mildly sweet. I did find the flavour here to be a tad subtle/mild, but it was still tasty.

Pork Deluxe ($3.75):


4/5
This was filled whit ground pork, sausage, egg, water chestnuts and other ingredients. The pork was very tender, juicy, and well-seasoned. The chestnuts provided a great texture while the egg provided a nice creaminess.

Curry Dynamite ($3):


3.5/5
This was filled with beef. The meat had a nice bit of heat, although I didn’t get much fragrance of the filling.

Belly Belly Pork ($3.25):


4/5
This was filled with pieces of pork belly. The pork was very tender and juicy. I did find it to be a tad on the underseasoned side.

Chili Oil:
This provided a really nice fragrance, richness as well as heat, and was a nice sauce for the bun to be dipped in.

I’m glad to have finally stopped by The Bao Place. Their buns, although a bit flat-looking, are nevertheless still soft and fluffy; the fillings are also tasty, and I quite enjoyed their chili oil. All in all this, is a spot that I think is worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: BBQ Delight, Pork Deluxe, Belly Belly Pork
Bao Place Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cartems Donuts – Broadway

The first time that I’ve tried Cartem Donuts was at their location on Main Street. It did not leave a good impression on me: I found their donuts to be overpriced and not very good at all. I decided to revisit the joint again recently, this time at their Kits location, which is on Broadway. This time around, I had their London Fog, Honey Parmesan, and Special donut.

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Honey Parmesan, Special, London Fog

London Fog (around $3.50):

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London Fog

4/5
This consisted of a yeast donut that’s filled with whipped cream infused with London Fog tea, and covered in earl grey glaze and white chocolate.The doughnut was more cake-like than yeast to me, and had a soft, tender texture. The cream was lightly sweetand had a great flavour of Earl Grey. The glaze provided a great sweetness, although I couldn’t really detect much earl grey.

Honey Parmesan (around $3.50):


3.5/5
This was a cake donut that was glazed in honey, and topped with pepper and parmesan. The donut was moist and tender with a cakey texture. It was sweet, and had a peppery flavour, while the parmesan provided a bit of saltiness. It is a bit of a strange pairing, but I did quite enjoy it.

Special (around $3.50):


3.5/5
I can’t remember the exact flavour of the donut; it was a cake donut that was covered in what I think was a mango glaze and topped with coconut. The donut again was moist and tender. I really enjoyed the coconut, which provided a nice fragrance, but I couldn’t really get much of the glaze flavour.

My latest visit to Cartems has definitely improved my impression of the joint. The donuts were much better tasting on this occasion. The prices is still a little high, but it is good quality.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: London Fog
Cartems Donuterie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Butter Baked Goods

I love Butter Baked Goods. They are an adorable bakery located in Dunbar, several blocks from 41st Avenue. They serve a large variety of bars, brownies, cookies, and various twists on classic treats like Oreos and Wagonwheels. During my most recent visit, I had several of their bars (Bajillionaire, Hello Dolly, Coney Island), and Peanut Butter Sandwich.

Bajillionaire Bar ($3.50):


3.5/5
This contained caramel on top of a shortbread crust and is topped with dark chocolate and sea salt. The caramel was sweet, thick and gooey. The shortbread crust was tender and buttery. I did find this to be too sweet, however.

The Hello Dolly ($3.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of a granham crust topped with condensed milk, chocolate, pecans, and coconut. The cookie was tender and buttery. There was a great amount of topping; with the chocolate, nuts and coconut pairing incredibly well. It was a bit on the sweet side, but not as much as the Bajillionare Bar.

Coney Island Bar ($3.50):


4/5
This consisted of a brownie topped with marshmallows and coconut. The brownie was quite fudgey and dense, and had a perfect bittersweet flavour. I also quite enjoyed the marshmallows, which were fluffy and not overly sweet. I did find the coconut flavour to be a bit subtle.

The Peanut Butter Sandwich ($4):


4.5/5
This consisted of a peanut icing sandwiched between two peanut butter cookies. This was always my favourite treat form Butter Baked Goods, and I always have to get it whenever I visit. The cookies were soft and melted in my mouth, while the icing provided a great sweet and salty flavour.

I had a great time at Butter Baked Goods. Even though a few of the treats were a bit on the sweet side, their brownies were tasty and their peanut butter sandwich is worth visiting for alone. This is a bakery that I think is definitely worth checking out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Brownies, Peanut Butter Sandwich
Butter Baked Goods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bigsby the Bakehouse

During a revisit to Butter Baked Goods (more on that later), I noticed Bigsby the Bakehouse located just across the street from the shop. Even though the shop looked quite small and unassuming, it was actually quite full of customers. Curious, I decide to drop in for a visit. They serve a menu of breakfast/lunch items, breads, and other baked goods. Unfortunately, they didn’t have prices listed for their baked treats, so I didn’t know how much everything was, although the final cost was $9.

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Baked Goods

Strawberry Blueberry Scone (around $4.50):


4/5
The scone was crispy on the outside while being moist and tender on the interior. It had a great buttery flavour, and was mildly sweet. I did find there to be too few berries, however.

Blueberry Poptart (around $4.50):


4/5
The crust outside was tender and buttery, and had a slightly salty flavour. There was a good amount of jam inside. Personally, I found the jam to be a tad on the bland side. This is a great twist on the regular poptart.

I’m quite impressed by Bigsby the Bakehouse. The food they had were tasty and well made. The prices were a tad on the higher side, but still reasonable. While Butter Baked Goods may look more appealing, this is place is definitely worth visiting.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Scone, Poptart

Bigsby the Bakehouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Janice Cakeshop

I don’t go to Richmond often. I had no idea that the 430, which goes to Richmond, comes like once every 30 minutes on Sundays. I found that out during my visit to Janice’s Cakeshop. They are a small Asian/Chinese-style Bakery located in Richmond. As their name suggests, they make a large variety of cakes, as well as other baked goods. During my visit, I had several of their cakes (Green Tea Mousse, Fresh Mango, Lemon Cheesecake and Chestnut Cake), as well as a Pork Floss Sandwich, a Ham and Egg Sandwich, and a Pineapple Bun. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the bakery, so I don’t know the exact prices for their goods, but they are fairly cheap.

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Fresh Mango, Green Tea Mousse, Lemon Cheesecake, Chestnut Cake

Pineapple Bun (around $1.50):


3/5
The bun was fluffy and soft. The topping was crispy and provided a nice sweetness; unfortunately, I did find the bun to be a bit too plain to enjoy on its own.

Pork Floss Sandwich (around $1.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of pork floss and cheese with a clear, slightly sweet paste on whole wheat bread. The whole wheat bread was a bit dry and grainy for me. I really enjoyed the pork floss and the paste however.

Green Tea Mousse Cake (around $4):


2/5
This consisted of layers of green tea mousse and sponge cake. The cake was fine, being light and fluffy. Unfortunately, I did not like the mousse at all, which as thick, gummy, and utterly flavourless.

Fresh Mango Cake (around $4):


3.5/5
This consisted of layers of sponge cake sandwiching mangoes and cream. The cake was light and fluffy while the mango was sweet and tangy. I found the flavours to be a bit too bland, but this is definitely a good choice for anyone who wants something lighter.

Ham and Egg Sandwich (around $1.50):


3.5/5
This consisted of white bread sandwiching slices of ham and eggs, and what appears to be mayo. The bread was much less dry compared to the whole wheat from the Pork Floss sandwich. I initially found the sandwich to be a tad bit bland, but the interior was actually flavourful, with the mayo providing some richness to go along with the bread.

Lemon Cheesecake (around $4):


4/5
The cheesecake was quite light and fluffy, and had a great fresh, lemony flavour. The crust was also crispy. This is a lighter option to a regular cheesecake.

Chestnut Cake (around $4):


4/5
This consisted of sponge cake that’s sandwiches with chestnut paste and whipped cream. The cake was light and fluffy while the chestnut paste was creamy and wildly sweet.

In spite of the long wait for the 430 to come along, I really enjoyed my trip to Janice Cakeshop. With the exception of the green tea mousse, I quite enjoyed all of their other cakes, and their sandwiches were also quite good. The prices are also very reasonable. Definitely a bakery/shop that’s worth visiting.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Lemon Cheesecake, Fresh Mango Cake, Chestnut Cake
Janice Cake Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Only Cafe

After my visit to Cafe Lokal for some food, I headed over to The Only Cafe, which was located just a few doors down. They are an Asian/Japanese-style cafe located in Kits, on 4th Avenue. In addition to serving up various drinks, both hot and cold, they have various sandwiches and baked goods. I had a Matcha Latte, Japanese Cheesecake, and Matcha Pound Cake.

Matcha Latte ($4.75):


4/5
The latte was actually not sweet at all, but was slightly bitter with a creamy texture. It had a pretty good matcha flavour, which was quite impressive seeing that most matcha-flavoured drinks tend to be a little weak.

Japanese Cheesecake ($4):


3/5
The cake was more light and yogurt like compared to NY cheesecake. The filling was creamy and tangy, but a bit lacking in flavour and gummy in some areas. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of the crust beneath, which was a bit grainy.

Matcha Pound Cake (around $4-5):


3.5/5
The cake was a bit hard, but still tasty and had a mildly sweet flavour. The matcha flavour was a bit weak, but that is kind of expected from most matcha-flavoured desserts.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of their cheesecake from The Only Cafe, I enjoyed the pound cake and was impressed by their latte. The staff was friendly and the prices were fair. This is definitely worth checking out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Matcha Latte, Matcha Pound Cake
The Only Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

La Gateau Bakeshop

I know that I shouldn’t complain snow (it’s Vancouver, and compared to most other cities both in Canada and the US we’ve been having it pretty good), but I just want winter to end already. Just when I thought that we were going to get out of this winter unscathed we get a cold spell…and with it snow…and probably even more snow for the next 2 weeks. Ugh.

Fortunately, I was able to make a trip to La Gateau Bakeshop before the first snowfall and all the buses breaking down and getting stuck half way up a hill. The latter is a small bakery located on East Hastings, not far from PNE and Playland. They seemingly special in custom cakes, but also offer cupcakes, mini cakes and other treats. I had their Red Velvet Cupcake, Salted Caramel Chocolate and Almond Cream Fruit Tarts, and Earl Grey Mini Cake.

Red Velvet Cupcake ($3.25):


3/5
The cake itself was pretty tender and moist. There was a good layer of cream cheese frosting. Unfortunately, I found it to be a bit too thick and lacking in flavour. I also felt that it had a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart ($4.75):


3.5/5
The crust was a bit blond, but quite tender; however, I did find it to have a slightly odd freezer-burned taste. I really enjoyed the chocolate and caramel ganache, which melted in my mouth and had a fantastic caramel flavour and sweetness.

Almond Cream Fruit Tart ($6.50):


3/5
This was filled with almond paste and cream, and was topped with fruit and a macaron. The macaron was quite airy and crispy, although quite sweet. I quite enjoyed the almond paste, which had a nice fragrance and was lightly sweet. Unfortunately, I found the shell to be a little too thick, although it was more well baked compared to the salted caramel tart. Again I did find thereto be an unpleasant freezer-burned flavour.

Earl Grey Mini Cake ($6):


3/5
The layers of cakes were quite tender and had a fluffy texture. I really enjoyed the layers of chocolate and the earl grey flavour. Unfortunately, I found the top layer of icing to be just terrible: it was thick, waxy and flavourless. I just ended up scraping it off and eating the rest of the cake underneath.

I had high hopes for La Gateau, and I have to admit, I do feel pretty let down by my visit. The treats, while not terrible, did leave much to be desired. The prices were also on the higher side, and in my opinion, not worth it for the quality. Not a place that I’d recommend.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 3/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: N/A

Bakery Sate

I had a bit of an odd experience with the croissants at Bakery Sate. They are a popular bakery/cafe located on Commercial, a couple of blocks away from Broadway, serving up a pretty good variety of croissants, cakes, cream puffs, and other pastries. They hae several different and unique flavours for croissants; I had their Double Baked Coffee and Matcha (and also an Almond for my mom). I also got a Mont Blanc and Mango Puff, and their Raspberry Lavendar Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate cakes. Now, the funny thing about their croissant was that when I bit into the one with green, matcha paste on top, it tasted strangely like coffee. And when I bit into the one with the dark coffee paste on top, it turned out to be filled with green, matcha paste. I haven’t contacted the bakery to ask, but I’m 99% sure that they had made a mistake and got the two croissants mixed up XD.

“Double Baked Coffee Croissant” ($4.50):


4/5
This was filled with coffee-flavoured frangipane, and topped with matcha paste and flaked almonds. The croissant itself was crispy and flaky, with a nice buttery and slightly salty. The fillling inside was rich and mildly sweet, and had a really nice coffee flavour. I also quite enjoyed the matcha paste on top, which seemed to have some white chocolate flavour.

“Double Baked Matcha Croissant” ($4.50):


4/5
This was filled with matcha-flavoured frangipane and was topped with coffee paste on top. Again, the croissant was crispy and flaky, with a nice buttery and slightly salty. Unfortunately, as is the case with most matcha-flavoured desserts, I found the matcha flavour to be quite subtle, although the frangipane was still quite tasty.

Mont Blanc Puff ($1.95):


3.5/5
This was filled with cream and chestnut paste. The pastry here I found to be a tad overbaked, and had a slightly bitter flavour, although it did have a nice crispness. I also really enjoyed the chestnut, which was lightly sweet and had a great fragrance.

Mango Puff ($1.95):


3.5/5
I actually asked for the lychee coconut puff, but they appear to have mistakenly given me the mango (oh well, no biggie). The puff was less darkly baked than the mont blanc. The mango custard inside had a great fragrance and sweetness.

Raspberry Lavender Milk Chocolate Cake ($4.95):


3.5/5
This consisted of chocolate sponge cake sandwiching raspberry and lavender mousse, and is glazed in dark chocolate. The cake was quite tender, although I did find it to have a slightly grainy texture. The mousses were light and creamy, with the raspberry providing a great tanginess and the lavender being quite fragrance. The chocolate glaze was also good quality and not waxy.

Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate Cake ($4.95):


4/5
This consisted of chocolate sponge cake sandwiching milk chocolate and caramel mousse, and is glazed in dark chocolate. Again, I wasn’t crazy about the texture of the cake. The mousses were delicious however; I particularly loved the caramel, which had a great fragrance and slight bit of saltiness that went great with the sweetness of the dessert.

In spite of the mix up in the flavours of the croissants, I still quite enjoyed them as well as the other treats from Bakery Sate. The prices are also very reasonable. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate Cake, Double Baked Croissants
Bakery Sate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Footo Croissant

Footo = Fresh out of the oven. That was what I learned after visiting Footo Croissant. They are a bakery/cafe located in Yaletown, just a short distance from the Public Library. Of course, their menu consists of croissants, which they offer in a good variety of flavours; they do also have sandwiches and breakfast items as well. I had a Turkey Pesto Croissant sandwich, Maple Bacon Croissant, and Pistachio White Chocolate Croissant.

Turkey Pesto Croissant ($7.80):


4/5
This comes with your choice of either regular, whole wheat, or cheese croissant; I went with the cheese. The croissant itself was quite crisp and flakey, although I couldn’t detect much of the cheese. There was a good amount of filling inside; the turkey was a tad dry but well-seasoned, and the pesto was flavourful.

Maple Bacon Croissant ($3.65):


3.5/5
This was filled with maple cream and topped with bacon. Again, the croissant was quite flaky and buttery. I did there to be a bit of a lack in filling, and I couldn’t detect much maple flavour. The bacon was quite crisp and tasty, however.

Pistachio White Chocolate Croissant ($3.65):


3.5/5
This was filled with pistachio and white paste. The pistachio paste was rich with a great nutty fragrance, as well as sweetness from the chocolate. Unfortunately, a lot of it appears to have leaked out of the croissant however, and were on the exterior ends, while the interior was pretty much empty.

The croissants at Footo aren’t the greatest that I’ve had (I do wish that they could provide some double-baked varieties), but they are still quite enjoyable. The prices are fairly reasonable. I do think that this shop is worth visiting.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Turkey Pesto Croissant
Footo Croissant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato