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
Kam Do Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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
Platform 7 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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
Prado Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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
Roots Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Mary’s on Davie

Mary’s on Davie is a retro-looking diner that’s located on Davie, several blocks from Burrard. I visited them during breakfast time. I just couldn’t resist ordering Chicken and Waffles whenever they’re on the menu, so of course I ended up getting it.

Chicken and Waffles ($17):


3.5/5
This consists of two small waffles sandwiching a large piece of fried chicken, and comes with your choice of side; I had their hashbrowns. The chicken was dark meat, and was tender and juicy; unfortunately, I found it to be very underseasoned. The waffles were a bit thick and chewy, but flavourful and seemed to contain pearls of sugar inside. It was quite sweet on its own, and didn’t really require any syrup. I really enjoyed the hashbrowns, which were very crispy and salted.

I quite enjoyed my visit to Mary’s. The dish was fairly good; the service quite friendly and prompt. Although I haven’t tried any of their burgers and other items off of their lunch/dinner menu, I think that this diner is definitely worth checking out for their breakfast items alone.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicken and Waffles
Hamburger Mary's Diner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Wallflower

You know the video of  David Hasselhoff eating a cheeseburger? Well, that’s usually what I look like while eating burgers, except I’m sober. I just cannot seem to figure out how to eat a burger without everything falling out all over the place. That happened again during my visit to The Wallflower. They are a popular diner located on Main Street, right near Broadway. They have a menu, a large portion of which are vegetarian/vegan, although they do also have meat dishes for carnivores like myself. I had their Canuck Burger with Fries.

The Canuck Burger and Fries ($16):


3.5/5
This contained bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, and mushrooms, and comes with your choice of pork & beef patty, grilled chicken breast, or beyond burger patty. I, of course, had the pork & beef patty. The burger wasn’t particularly large in size, but still pretty satisfying. Although the patty was a little dry and charred on the exterior, it was very tender and juicy on the inside. The bacon provided a great bit of saltiness. The fries were crispy, but strangely dry.

Of course, as usual, I ended up getting a complete mess all over my clothes and the floor from condiments and fillings falling out. I still quite enjoyed the burger, although I did find the prices to be a bit on the higher side. Service-wise, the food took a while to come out, but the server was quite warm and friendly. While the diner didn’t blow me away, I think it’s worth a visit, especially if you’re vegetarian/vegan.

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

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
Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato