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

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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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Platform 7

During a recent trip to Trees Organic on Arbutus (review on that coming up) I decided to stop by Platform 7 for a quick bite. The latter is a cafe located on Broadway, in Kits. They are a very popular hangout: I was lucky to be able to grab a seat. I got a Stumptown Milkshake and a Deluxe Ham Breakfast.

Stumptown Milkshake ($5.25):

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Stumptown Milkshake

4/5
I asked what this was, and was told that it was a coffee milkshake. I think it was similar to a frappuccino, but creamier and less sweet. It had a pretty good flavour of coffee and wasn’t at all icy.

Deluxe Ham Breakfast ($5.50):


3/5
This consisted of an English muffin filled with egg, ham, cheese and some vegetables. The muffin I got had a pretty large and thick piece of eggs inside, which I found to be a little underseasoned. Strangely, even though there was definitely ham and cheese inside, I couldn’t really taste much of it. The sandwich was just, overall, a little too bland for my liking.

I’m not a big cafe person; I don’t really understand the appeal of doing work at a noisy shop where I can’t really focus. I did, however, quite enjoy the milkshake I had at Platform 7. The price is a bit on the higher side, but it’s not too outrageous considering the quality. I can’t speak on whether it’s a good local hangout, but I think it’s worth visiting for the drinks alone.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Stumptown Milkshake
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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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Prado Cafe – Fraser

During my recent visit to European Breads Bakery (review on that coming up) I stopped by a nearby Prado Cafe to grab a bite to eat. They are small but popular hangout with several locations in Vancouver. Their menu consists of breakfast items, sandwiches, and fresh-baked goods. I had their Grilled Cheese Sandwich and 8 oz Mocha. I also had a Magic Bar, Bread Pudding, and Cookie with No Name for later.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($7.25):


4/5
This consisted of cheddar, bocconcini, & parmesan on sourdough, and is served with a small side of greens. The bread was perfectly toasted, and was crispy without being too hard. There was a good amount of gooey cheese inside. The greens were also well dressed, rich and flavourful.

8 oz Mocha ($4.95):


3/5
The mocha was not overly sweet and had a mild, chocolaty flavour. I did find it to be a tad grainy on the bottom, however.

Magic Bar (around $4):


3.5/5
This contained pieces of chocolate, coconut, walnuts, and other items. There was a very generous amoung of filling inside; I particularly enjoyed the walnuts, which were fragrant and lent a nice bit of texture. It was quite sweet however, and may be a little too much for some people who don’t have a sweet tooth.

Bread Pudding (around $4):


3.5/5
This contained large pieces of chocolate, raisins, and other pieces of fruit inside, and seemed to be made with pieces of croissant. The interior was quite moist; I particularly enjoyed the chocolate. The exterior was a tad dry, but still good.

Cookie with No Name (around $4):


3.5/5
This was a really thick cookie that contained oatmeal, chocolate chips, marshmallow on top, and various other fillings – I did detect some peanut butter flavour in it too. The cookie was quite soft and moist. It was quite filling; I was only able to finish half.

I quite enjoyed my visit to Prado Cafe; the food there was fairly good and reasonably priced, although the drinks were a bit on the expensive side. All in all, this is a solid cafe that’s worth checking out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Cookie with No Name
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Roots Cafe

Roots Cafe is a small shop located on the corner of 49th and Main. They have a pretty large menu consisting of drinks, breakfast and lunch items, and baked goods. They are probably best known for their Butter Chicken Poutine, for which they apparently won a prize for in a poutine challenge several years back. Of course, I had to order the dish, along with a Mocha Milkshake.

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Mocha Milkshake & Butter Chicken Poutine

Butter Chicken Poutine ($10.95):

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Butter Chicken Poutine

4/5
This consists of French fries, cheese curds, and pieces of chicken breast that are covered in a butter chicken sauce as well as red hot sauce. The fries were very crispy and stood up well to the sauce, which was very flavourful and had a great bit of heat. I did find that the amount of chicken was pretty stingy; however, I didn’t mind in this case because the sauce itself provided enough flavour on its own.

Mocha Milkshake ($5.85):

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Mocha Milkshake

3.5/5
The milkshake was a little on the thinner side, but was very flavourful and had a great balance between sweetness and bitterness. The coffee flavour was quite strong and fragrant.

I quite enjoyed my visit to Roots Cafe. Although I found the amount of chicken to be a little stingy, I thought the poutine itself was already flavourful enough on its own. The prices for the food were fair; I did find their drinks to be a little on the expensive side. All in all, this is a cafe that I highly recommend checking out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Butter Chicken Poutine
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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

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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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Heart & Vine

Heart & Vine is a small cafe located on Vine Street, just a short distance from Broadway. They have a menu of breakfast and lunch items, including sandwiches and wraps that are premade and heated for you on order, as well as baked goods and drinks. I had their Hungry Man Wrap, to which I added soup (Thai Coconut Chicken) for an additional $3.50. I also had a slice of their Carrot Cake to go.

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Sandwiches, wraps and pastries

Hungryman Wrap + Thai Coconut Chicken Soup ($8.49 + $3.49):


3.5/5
The wrap was filled with scrambled eggs, tomato, pulled pork, cheese, beans and potatoes. It was nicely toasted and had a bit of crispiness on the exterior. There was plenty of filling inside. I quite enjoyed the potatoes and beans, which provided a nice starchiness. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really able to taste much of the cheese or pulled pork. The soup had a nice fragrance and contained some chicken and vegetables. I found it to be a little too sour however, and there wasn’t really that much chicken or other vegetables inside.

Carrot Cake ($5.99):


4/5
The cake was dense but still moist, and contained a large amount of raisins and cranberries, which provided a nice tanginess. I quite liked the cream cheese frosting, which had a good tanginess, although it was a little on the greasy side.

I’m glad to have checked out Heart & Vine. The food was pretty good and reasonably priced; I did find their coffees to be quite expensive however (the reason why I didn’t order any). The staff was quite friendly. All in all, this is a nice cafe to check out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5 (for food only)
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Hungryman Wrap, Carrot Cake
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Marulilu Cafe

While I’m typically not the biggest fan of sushi, I do really like Japanese-Western style cafes. Recently, I had the opportunity to check out Marulilu Cafe, which is located on Broadway, right across from the skytrain station. They have a very large menu of various Japanese fare as well as Western food. You order at the front counter and they bring the food to your table. I had their Breakfast Plate C.

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Menu

Breakfast Plate C w/Waffle ($11.99):

3.5/5
This comes with 2 small waffles, 2 eggs, 2 hashbrowns, and your choice of either bacon, ham or sausage; I had the sausage. The waffles were served with syrup and whipped cream. I did find them to be a little too dry and dense for my liking. The eggs and sausage were standard. I really enjoyed the hashbrowns though, which were very crispy.

I’m very glad to have checked out Marulilu Cafe. While the food didn’t blow me away, it was still very good, and very reasonably priced. Even though there wasn’t really much service per se, the staff was also very friendly. I definitely recommend checking this place out. Just be warned: seating is limited, so you might need to wait if you go at peak hours.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Breakfast Plates
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Dutch Wooden Shoe

I’ve never had a Pannekoek before. That changed after my recent visit to Dutch Wooden Shoe. The latter is a small cafe located on Cambie, not far from the King Edward skytrain station. The interior is cozy and decorated by, well, wooden shoes, as well as pictures of patrons and other odds and ends. Food-wise, they specialize in Pannekoeks, which is a thin, Dutch-style pancake, although they do have a large menu of other breakfast items as well as some lunch fare. I had their Wooden Shoe Pannekoek.

The Wooden Shoe Pannekoek ($13.95):


3.5/5
This contained bacon and apples baked in, along with bacon, apples, cheese, and sauerkraut on top. The pancake, while flat, was actually quite soft and tender. It was a bit bland on its own; however, there was a good amount of filling and topping to provide flavour. I particularly enjoyed the bacon, which provided a nice saltiness. While I’m generally not a bit fan of sauerkraut, but here it wasn’t too strong and actually blended well with the saltiness.

I’m glad to have checked out Dutch Wooden Shoe. While the Pannekoek didn’t blow me away, it was still good, and a nice portion. This is definitely a nice place to try something different for breakfast.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: The Wooden Shoe Pannekoek
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Crepe & Cafe

Crepe & Cafe is a joint located on 41st Avenue, near Dunbar. As the name suggests, they have a large menu of crepes, although they do also serve various sandwiches, drinks and pastries. You order at the front counter, and the staff will bring the food to you once it’s ready. I had their Chicken, Red Onion, Tomato, Swiss Cheese Crepe and Mango Smoothie.

Chicken, Red Onion, Tomato, Swiss Cheese Crepe ($8.99):


3.5/5
I wasn’t a big fan of the crepe itself; I found it a little tough actually. I did enjoy the filling however. The chicken was tender and flavourful, with a nice bit of heat. There was also a good amount of cheese inside.

Mango Smoothie ($4.99):


3/5
The smoothie definitely had a very great flavour of mango, and was fragrant and sweet. Unfortunately, I just found it to be too icy. It tasted more like a slushie without any creaminess (I don’t know if they added any milk or other dairy products). It was also not well blended: there were a few large chunks of ice in the smoothie. They do also have shakes, which are priced for a $1 more; I don’t know if those are better.

I quite enjoyed my visit to Crepe & Cafe. The food wasn’t the greatest, but still quite good, and the prices are very fair. This isn’t a bad place to stop by for a quick bite.

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