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
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Cafe Lokal

During my recent visit to The Only Cafe (review on that coming up) I decided to stop by Cafe Lokal first for a quick bite. The latter appears to be quite a popular local (no pun intended) hangout. The tables are often all occupied with people reading books or doing work on their laptops while drinking coffee/lattes. In addition to a drink menu, they also make various fresh-baked goods and sandwiches/salads for lunch. I had a Spicy Salami Panini and a London Fog.

Spicy Salami Panini ($9.50):


3/5
This was served with a small side of greens dressed in oil and vinegar. The bread was quite nicely toasted, and was crispy on the outside while being soft and chewy on the interior. The filling did have a nice bit of heat. Unfortunately, I found the flavour to be completely dominated by pickled artichokes, which I just did not care for.

London Fog ($4.50):


4/5
The drink came with a thick layer of foam. It was not overly sweet and had a really nice flavour of Earl Grey.

I wasn’t particularly fond of the sandwich at Cafe Lokal, but the London Fog was pretty good. While I’m not really into cafe culture and will not likely return, the place does seem a nice local hangout for those who do like cafes (if you’re fortunate enough to find a seat that is).

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: London Fog
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Forty Ninth Parallel Cafe & Lucky’s Doughnuts (Kits)

Mmm…Donuts *drools*

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49th Parallel Cafe & Lucky’s Donughnuts is a popular shop with several locations in Vancouver. I’ve visited their Main St. location previously and have found their donuts fairly good (certainly better than Cartems imo). They’ve got another location in Kits that I’ve recently decided to visit. They had about a dozen varieties available when I arrived (I didn’t realise this but they had more in the back); I ended up getting a Maple Pecan Bismark and Salted Caramel Old Fashioned. Sadly, the donuts were put into paper bags, and the icing on the bismark got smooshed along the way home. Oh well.

Maple Pecan Bismark ($3.50):


4/5
Unfortunately, the icing on the donut got a little smooshed during the trip back home (paper bag not the best medium for carrying glazed donuts). The yeast donut was filled with maple cream and glazed with maple. I really liked the dough of the donut, which had a great fluffy and chewy texture. The icing had a great fragrance of maple; the filling wasn’t overly sweet. I didn’t get that much pecan flavour, however. The small pearls on top provided a really nice crispy texture.

Salted Caramel Old Fashioned ($3.25):


3/5
This was a sour cream old fashioned donut that’s glazed in salted caramel. The donut had a tender, moist texture, and a slightly tangy taste. Unfortunately, even though I could definitely see and smell the caramel, I really couldn’t taste it at all.

I quite enjoyed the yeast donuts at Lucky’s, although I was a bit disappointed in their old fashioned. The prices are on the high side at over $3, which is roughly twice the price of a spot like Duffin’s (whose donuts are equally as good imo). All in all, while I did enjoy my recent visit, I do personally find Lucky’s to be a bit overrated.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Maple Pecan Bismark
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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

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe

Beaucoup Bakery is a small bakery/cafe located near Granville Island that’s well known for serving up fantastic croissants and various other French pastries. I had visited the spot once about a year ago. Unfortunately, I probably went there at a bad time for they didn’t have much available when I arrived; I ended up just getting one of their almond croissants (which was fantastic) and a kouign-amann. I decided to revisit the spot again recently, this time going earlier in the morning. My timing appears to have paid off as there were considerably more treats available. I got a Bostock, Macadamia Grapefruit Paris Brest, and Peanut Butter Cookie, as well as a Coconut Lime Pie Double Baked Croissant for my mom.

Bostock ($4.25):


4/5
This was a piece of croissant-like toast topped with almonds. The “toast” was quite buttery and crispy around the edges, and had a nice bit of sweetness to it. The almonds on top provided a great bit of fragrance and crunch.

Macadamia Grapefruit Paris Brest ($6.50):


4/5
This consisted of a choux pastry that’s filled with cream, grapefruit jam, and macadamia nuts. I really enjoyed all of the components: the choux pastry was tender, the cream was light, the macadamia fresh and crunchy and the grapefruit provided a refreshing, citrus flavour. However, I’m not sure if the citrus paired that well with the nuts.

Peanut Butter Cookie ($3.25):


4/5
This consisted of two peanut butter cookies sandwiching a filling of peanut butter. The cookies have a crisp texture, yet melted in my mouth. The icing also melted in my mouth, and had a nice salty flavour. I actually found this to be, on the whole, a tad too salty for my liking, but still delicious, with a wonderful fragrance of peanut. Just a small aside: while this is the first time that I’ve ordered this treat at Beaucoup, I do remember from my previous visit that the cookies were quite small. On this visit however, the cookies were much larger, probably 2x the size of what I remember.

Coconut Lime Pie Double Baked Croissant ($5.50):


N/A
My mom had this and really enjoyed it; I’ve had their almond croissant during a previous visit, and I can say that they are absolutely fantastic.

My previous visit to Beaucoup has left me a bit disappointed; I’m happy to say though that this visit has been much better. All of the pastries that I’ve had at the shop have been tasty and well-made. The prices are a bit on the higher side, but I think they are definitely worth it for the quality. This is one spot that I’d definitely recommend visiting; just make sure that you don’t go there too late.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Croissants, Bostock, Peanut Butter Cookie
Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Evelyn’s Cafe

I’m always on the lookout for some cheap eats. One such place is Evelyn’s cafe. They are a small shop located near the intersection of Broadway and Arbutus. Their menu consists of all-day breakfast foods, as well as Chinese dishes, with most of the items being under $10. You order at the front counter and they’ll bring the dishes to your table (if you’re eating in that is). I had their Cafe Hash and Honey Garlic Boneless Pork (with fried rice).

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Menu at front

Cafe Hash ($7.38):


3.5/5
This consisted of potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, sausage and ham, and is served with toast and two eggs. I was a bit disappointed that the potatoes weren’t really crispy; however, the hash was still very flavourful with all the sausage and ham. I had asked for the eggs to be over-medium, but the yolks were still quite runny (more like over-easy to me); it was fine though, I just ate them over the fried rice I also had. I also really enjoyed the toast, which was buttered.

Honey Garlic Boneless Pork with Fried Rice ($7.86):


3.5/5
This came with your choice of either chicken or pork and fried rice or noodles; I went with the pork and rice. The pork was fairly crispy when the dish came out and not overly battered; I did find the meat to be a bit overly grisly however. It had a pretty good, slightly sweet flavour. The fried rice went well with the pork.

I really enjoyed my visit to Evelyn’s cafe. The food wasn’t the greatest, but decent; the prices are a steal. Even though the service is pretty minimal, the staff are still quite friendly. I definitely recommend checking this place out for a decent and very affordable meal.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Honey Garlic Boneless Pork with Fried Rice
Evelyn's Cafe and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cafe Salade de Fruits

Note to self: when going to a restaurant, don’t take up a table next to the door. Especially if the restaurant is a popular spot like Cafe Salade de Fruits. The latter is a small but popular French cafe located a couple of blocks from Broadway. When I arrived, the staff offered me either a seat by the door or one further inside the restaurant. For whatever idiotic reason, I decided to just sit next to the door. That proved to be a bad choice for people kept on entering and exiting out the door. I swear, every minute I had someone pass by me either on their way inside or out of the restaurant. One woman even almost tripped over the bag that I had placed on the ground on her way through the door.

Fortunately, my poor choice of seating didn’t discourage me from the food. Cafe Salade de Fruit serve a lunch menu consisting of a rotating variety of sandwiches, quiche, crepes and other items. I had their Poulet Cordon Bleu and Daily Sandwich (which was steak).

Poulet Cordon Bleu ($18):


4/5
This consisted of breaded chicken breast that’s stuffed with ham and cheese, and is served with a creamy mushroom sauce, fries, and salad. The chicken was quite tender and moist in spite of being white meat, and is very flavourful from the ham and cheese. The mushroom sauce was creamy and had a nice fragrance. I also really enjoyed their fries, which were thin and super crispy.

Sandwich + Soup ($14):


4/5
Their sandwiches vary; the one I had was steak. I’m generally not a big fan of steak, but I really enjoyed the version here: it was quite tender and juicy, albeit just a tad underseasoned for my liking. I really enjoyed the bread, which was nice and crusty, as well as the condiments, which included caramelized onions and mustard. The sandwiches come with either fries, salad or soup; I went with soup since the chicken cordon bleu was served with fries. The soup was a creamy clam chowder; I quite enjoyed it, even though it was a bit short on clams (which I didn’t mind since I’m not big on clams).

In spite of being distracted by fellow patrons every minute, I still quite enjoyed my visit to Cafe Salade de Fruits. The food was tasty and pretty good portions for the quality and price. The service was quite friendly, and the staff took their time to explain the menu to me. I do have one complaint however: they appear to have forgotten to serve me any complimentary bread. Even though I had ordered more than enough food, and was certainly not left hungry, I still couldn’t help but feel a bit jealous seeing all the other tables receiving plates of bread and butter. Bread aside however, this is still a great joint, and I’d highly recommend checking this shop out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Steak Sandwich, Poulet Cordon Bleu
Cafe Salade de Fruits Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sweetery Cafe + Dessert

Probably the best version of Chicken & Waffles that I’ve had was the version at Tuc Craft. The vast majority of other places where I’ve tried the dish, I’ve been left disappointed by the chicken. Recently, I had the chance to try the version at Sweetery Cafe + Dessert. This cafe is located in Olympic Village, just several blocks down from the skytrain station. In addition to various baked items such as cakes, muffins, and cookies, they also serve a pretty good breakfast/lunch menu (as well as brunch on the weekends) and burgers from Relish. You order at the front counter (go to the right side if you want to get cooked food and the left where the cash register is to pay and/or get any baked goods), and they’ll bring the food to your table when it’s ready (if you’re eating in). I had their Chicken and Waffles, Matcha & Nutella Sable Cookie, Moreo Cookie, Carrot Cake and an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Chicken and Waffles ($15):


4/5
This consisted of pieces of crispy chicken sandwiches between two halves of a waffle, and is served with potatoes, ketchup, and syrup. There was quite a generous amount of chicken, which was tender and juicy with a nice crispy batter; it was a tad on the salty side, but not overwhelmingly so. The waffle had a great crispiness and melted in my mouth. I was a tad disappointed by the potatoes, which while tender, were a bit bland and not really crispy.

Matcha & Nutella Sable Cookie ($3.50):


3/5
The cookies had a nice buttery flavour that I enjoyed. Unfortunately, as is often the case with most matcha-flavoured desserts, I really couldn’t detect much of the matcha. Also, I don’t know if it was mislabelled or if I misinterperated the labelling (i.e. it was actually matcha or nutella sable cookie and there just wasn’t any nutella cookies available when I visitd), but there wasn’t any nutella in this cookie, just a plain white icing, which was quite hard and crunchy, and not really my favourite.

Moreo Cookie ($3.50):


3/5
The cookies were a bit softer than the sable, and had a pretty nice cocoa flavour and bitterness and saltiness. They contained the same crunchy hard icing as that of the matcha sable, but it is a bit more enjoyable here since there’s a bit of bitterness from the cookies to counter the sugariness of the icing. Not my favourite rendition of this type of cookie (the ones from Butter Baked Goods are far superior imho), but still enjoyable.

Carrot Cake ($3.50):


2/5
The cake contained walnuts and raisins inside, and is topped with icing. Unfortunately, this was quite a disappointment for me. The outer layer of cake was very dry and hard; the interior was better, but still not great. Moreover, the frosting on top was completely flavourless and just greasy. I ended up just peeling off the outer layers and the icing, and eating the middle.

Almond Croissant ($3.50):

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Almond Croissant

N/A
My mom ate this. She actually quite enjoyed it.

The food at Sweetery Cafe + Dessert was a bit of a hit and miss. Their cookies were alright while the carrot cake was quite a letdown. However, their chicken and waffles is quite impressive; I don’t think it’s quite as good as the version from Tuc Craft, but it’s easily the 2nd best that I’ve tried in Vancouver. I’d definitely recommend checking this place out for their Chicken & Waffles alone.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicken & Waffles
Sweetery Cafe + Dessert Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cadeaux Bakery

Asides from Trafiq, probably the best bakery in Vancouver is Cadeaux. They are probably best known for their five-layered cakes, which they usually sell in three varieties: London Fog, Carrot Cake, and a rotating chocolate variety. They do also have a large variety of other food as well, including tarts, croissants, cookies, and other pastries. Since it’s the holiday season, they were also offering some seasonal goods, including yule logs. During my visit, I had their Cheddar & Herb Scone, Cinnamon Croissant Swirl, Rum & Eggnog Yulelog Slice, Chocolate Caramel Crunch Cake Slice, and also an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Cheddar & Herb Scone (?):


3.5/5
The scone had a slightly crispy top. It had a great tender and moist interior, and was quite flaky. I could have done with a bit more herb and cheddar flavour, however.

Cinnamon Croissant Swirl (?):


3.5/5
This was filled with a dollop of caramel/toffee in the center. The croissant, while not melt in your mouth, was still tender and had a nice buttery flavour. It was nicely caramelized and had a wonderful crispy texture and great fragrance of cinnamon. The toffee inside was thick and gooey, although it was slightly a bit too burnt for my taste.

Rum & Eggnog Yulelog Slice ($5.50):


2.5/5
This was off of their seasonal holiday menu. The cake was relatively tender and moist. I wasn’t a bit fan of the rum/spice flavour, but I think that’s just a personal preference. Unfortunately, I really disliked the frosting on the exterior as I found it to be quite stiff and greasy, and also bland.

Chocolate Caramel Crunch Cake Slice ($6.50):


4/5
This consisted of layers of chocolate cake sandwiching a caramel mousse and is surrounded by white icing. The cake was quite tender and moist, while the mousse was luscious, with a wonderful caramelized flavour. I did unfortunately find the white icing outside to be a tad too gummy and greasy for my liking.

Almond Croissant ($4.05):

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Almond Croissant

N/A
I didn’t have this; my mom did. She absolutely raved about it though, so it’s probably pretty good.

Having visited Cadeaux in the past and grown to love the bakery, I must say that my latest visit did leave me a tad bit disappointed. Nevertheless, their cakes are definitely fantastic and very reasonably priced for the quality. This is definitely a place that’s worth visiting if you enjoy sweets.

Summary
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Cake Slices
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