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
European Breads Bakery 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

Thu Hien Deli

Thu Hien Deli is a Vietnamese deli/grocery shop located on Kingsway, right next to Knight. I’ve passed by the joint a number of times on my way to Famous Foods, and have recently decided to check the place out. In addition to various Vietnamese grocery items, they also have a small menu of sandwiches, rice noodles, and other items. I got their Shredded Chicken Sub and Cold Cuts Sub.

Shredded Chicken Sub ($6):


4/5
The pieces of chicken inside is actually chunks rather than “shredded”. There was quite a generous amount of meat present, which was tender, juicy and flavourful. I also quite enjoyed the pickled vegetables and condiments, which had a nice tanginess and creaminess.

Cold Cuts Sub ($5):


3.5/5
This was filled with various cold cut meats, as well as pickled vegetables and condiments. Again, there is a good amount of filling inside; I didn’t find the meat to be as flavourful as the chicken, however. I did really enjoy all of the pickled vegetables and condiments.

I’m glad to have finally visited Thu Hien Deli: the sandwiches there are quite decent; the prices are also very reasonable. While I haven’t tried any of the other items at the joint, I think the place is worth visiting for their sandwiches alone.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Shredded Chicken Sub
Thu Hien Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Duffin’s Donuts

I’ve spent most of my winter break watching movies, one of which was the Edge of Seventeen. It was good; I didn’t think it was laugh out loud funny or anything, but it was pretty charming and enjoyable. Even though it was supposedly set in America, the movie was clearly filmed in Vancouver. How do I know? Because one of the scenes took place in Duffin’s Donuts, which is located quite close to my house. I’ve never actually visited the place however, and after watching the movie and hearing Woody Harrelson recommending the donuts there, I decided to finally check the place out. In addition to the aforementioned donuts (which they serve in about two dozen different varieties), the place actually has a pretty large menu consisting of sandwiches, burgers, fries, and Mexican food. I got four donuts (Chocolate Peanut, Angel, Buttermilk with Custard, and Bear Claw), two Pupusas (Pork and Bean and Cheese), and a Beef Steak Sub.

Pork and Bean Pupusa ($2.99):


2.5/5
The corn tortilla was soft and had a nice fragrance, although I did find it to be a tad on the dry side. The bean did provide a nice creaminess. I couldn’t really taste much of the pork however, and I do find the amount of filling to be a bit stingy in general.

Cheese Pupusa ($2.99):
2.5/5
This was similar to the pork and bean pupusa, except with cheese. Again, I found the amount of filling to be too scant: I actually had difficulty detecting the cheese. The surrounding tortilla was enough to make it enjoyable, however.

Angel Donut ($1.25):


4/5
This is a yeast donut that’s filled with chocolate icing and coated in shredded coconut. The donut itself was reasonably light and fluffy. There was a generous amount of icing, which while a tad greasy, had a nice chocolaty flavour. I really enjoyed the coconut, which provided a great fragrance.

Chocolate Peanut Donut ($1.25):
4/5
This is a chocolate cake donut that’s filled with flaked/ground peanuts. The donut is quite tender and moist. The peanuts provided a wonderful fragrance; I couldn’t really detect much of the chocolate flavour, but that’s fine since I really enjoyed the peanuts.

Beef Steak Sub ($5.29):


4/5
This was filled with pieces of steak, mayo, pickles, vegetables. It usually comes with avocado, but because I’ve got an allergy, I asked them to remove it. The bread was really nicely toasted, being crispy on the outside and had a nice crispiness on the outside. The meat was also quite tasty, and was well seasoned and not too tough; the amount was a bit stingy however. I really enjoyed the mayo and vegetables.

Buttermilk Donut with Custard ($1.25):


4/5
Their buttermilk donuts comes with several varieties of fillings; I had their custard version. The donut had a cakey texture, and was tender and moist. I did find the custard to be a bit too hard/goopy; I think think that one of their jam fillings is probably better.

Bear Claw ($2):
3/5
This was a yeast donut that was filled with cinnamon apples. The dough was once again soft and fluffy. The apples still had a nice crispness to them. I did find the donut to be quite bland however; the apples were tart without much sweetness and there wasn’t enough glaze on the exterior.

So Woody Harrelson was right: the donuts at Duffin’s Donuts were quite solid and quite reasonably priced too. And while I didn’t care for the pupusas, the sandwich was tasty. This is definitely a place that I’d recommend visiting.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Donuts, Sandwiches
Duffin's Donuts Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mei Yee Bakery

Mei Yee, is a Chinese/Asian bakery located on the corner of Victoria and 41st. They produce a pretty impressive assortment of cakes, buns, cookies, steamed buns, and other goodies. I’ve visited the place once, a number of years ago, to buy a cake for my dad’s birthday. I decided to revisit the place recently. Unfortunately, when I tried taking pictures of their food, a staff member saw me and asked me to stop. Well, that’s fine (I understand that people may want some privacy), but since I don’t have photos, I can’t remember the exact names of some of the stuff I bought or their prices, so I’ll just put them in quotation marks. I had a Bola-Bola Steamed Bun, “Sticky Rice with Pork”, “Taro Bun with Crispy Topping”, “BBQ Pork Bun with Crispy Topping”, “Custard Bun with Crispy Topping” and “Pork Floss Onion Roll”.

Bola-Bola Steamed Bun ($2):


3.5/5
This contained egg, pork, sausages, chestnuts, mushrooms among other fillings. The bun was nice and fluffy. There was a pretty good amount of filling, which albeit a tad on the blander side, was still tasty and savoury, with a lot of different textures. This was very large, almost twice the size of other buns.

“Sticky Rice with Pork” (around $1.20):


3.5/5
This consisted of glutinous rice that’s stuffed with ground pork. The outer parts had a slightly nice bit of crispiness while the rice had a bit of sweetness. The filling was quite savoury and had a bit of a seafood-like flavour to it.

Taro Bun with Crispy Topping (around $1.20):


3.5/5
This was a pineapple ball that’s filled with taro paste. The bun was quite sluffy and soft; I really enjoyed the topping, which provided great sweetness and texture. The taro was creamy and mildly sweet; I do wish there could be a bit more filling, however.

BBQ Pork Bun with Crispy Topping (around $1.20):


3.5/5
This was the same as the taro bun, except with BBQ pork. The pork had a pretty unusual bright red colour, but was still tender, and had a nice sweetness. It was not as overstuffed as the one from New Town, but the amount of filling was still generous.

Custard Bun with Crispy Topping (around $1.20):


3.5/5
This was the same as the taro bun, but with custard filling. I quite enjoyed the custard, which was creamy and mildly sweet. Again, the filling was not well distributed throughout the bun, but there was a fairly good amount in the centre.

“Pork Floss Onion Roll” (around $1.20):


3/5
This was essentially a small swiss roll cake that’s topped with green onions and pork floss. The cake itself was quite soft and moist. Unfortunately, I did find the combination of the onion and cake to be a bit too weird/off-putting.

I really enjoyed my visit to Mei Yee. The food, while not as good as some other places like New Town, were still solid and the prices are a great bargain. I’d definitely recommend checking this place out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Steamed Buns, Buns with Crispy Topping, “Sticky Rice with Pork”
Mei Yee Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Banh Mi Saigon

Have you ever had an incident where you’re eating something in public, and there’s someone there staring at you hungrily and you feel really awkward and a little guilty about it? It happened to me recently after my visit to Banh Mi Saigon. However, instead of a human, this time it was a crow.

dav
Well, this is a little awkward…

I encountered this guy during my trip to Banh Mi Saigon. The latter is a small Vietnamese joint located on Victoria, a couple of blocks from 41st Avenue. Their menu consists of mostly Banh Mi sandwiches and various drinks; they do have an oven inside and probably make their own bread and everything else from scratch. Their sandwiches all contain vegetables and mayo, with different meats depending on the variety that you chose, and currently range from $5-$5.50. I had their Heo Uop Xa (Lemongrass Pork), Ga (Chicken), and Dac Biet (Special) Banh Mi.

Carrying my baguettes, I headed over to a nearby bus stop and waited for the 20 to come an take me back home. This is where I encountered the crow showed up and began staring at me, or more accurately, the baguettes that were sticking out of the bag that I was holding. I guess I can’t really blame it too much since the sandwiches do look awfully tasty. Finally, I caved in and put a small piece of one baguette onto the ground for the bird before making my way home with the rest.

Heo Uop Xa, Lemongrass Pork Banh Mi ($5.50):


3.5/5
This contained lemongrass pork, mayo, and vegetable. The bread was quite crusty on the outside. It was a tad bit soggy on the interior due to the filling. The meat was well-seasoned and flavourful, albeit a tad on the dry side. I really enjoyed the mayo, which provided a great creaminess. I didn’t think the sandwich was as overstuffed as some reviewers say, but they were still quite generous with the meat.

Ga, Chicken Banh Mi ($5.50):


4/5
This contained chicken, mayo, soy sauce, and vegetable. Flavourwise, this was quite similar to the lemongrass pork, except with chicken instead. The meat here was more tender and juicy. Although the portion seemed a bit more stingy than that from the pork. Again, I really enjoyed the mayo, which was creamy and flavourful.

Dac Biet, Special Banh Mi ($5.50):


4/5
This contained ham, headcheese, meat ball, meat loaf, pate, mayo, soy sauce, and vegetable. This sandwich was certainly not short on meat. All off the coldcuts were tender and quite flavourful (quite honestly, I’ve got no idea of what I was eating, but it was all tasty). I do wish that there was a bit more mayo in this sandwich however: the flavour wasn’t as prevalent as it was in the two previous sandwiches.

I’m really glad to have checked out Banh Mi Saigon. The sandwiches didn’t blow me away, but were still very tasty, with a good amount of filling. They are also quite generous in size for the price. This is definitely a place that I’d recommend for a tasty and very affordable meal.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Banh Mi (which ever variety you prefer)
Banh Mi Saigon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Golden Ray Bakery

Living in Kensington region, there are quite a few Chinese/Asian bakeries around. One such joint is Golden Ray Bakery, which is located on Kingsway, near Knight Street. Although small, they do offer a pretty good variety of baked buns, steamed buns, cookies, and cakes. During my visit, I had their Cheese Hot Dog, Tuna, Curry Beef, Pizza, BBQ Pork Pineapple, and Dried Pork Buns, as well as a Pork & Egg Steamed Bun.

Pork & Egg Steamed Bun ($1.75):


4/5
This was filled with minced pork, Chinese sausage, and egg. The bun outside was fluffy with a nice bit of sweetness. There was a fairly good amount of filling inside, with the meats being tender and juicy and the sausage having a wonderful fragance (I do love Chinese sausage; I probably wouldn’t want to know what actually goes into them, but they are frigging delicious).

Cheese Hot Dog Bun ($1.40):


3.5/5
The bread itself was relatively soft with a slight bit of sweetness. The hotdog was just a standard hotdog that’s quite processed, but still very tasty. The cheese was also very tasty. I do wish there’s a bit more filling, however.

Tuna Bun ($1.40):


3/5
The tuna was quite savoury and had a great creaminess (probably from mayo). It was a tad bit fishy, but that’s expected. Again, I could have done with more filling.

Curry Beef Bun ($1.40):


3/5
The bread was quite fluffy and soft. I quite enjoyed the curry, which was fragrant and mildly sweet; there just wasn’t much meat, however, and I do find that they were a bit stingy on the amount of filling.

BBQ Pork Pineapple Bun ($1.40):


3.5/5
I quite enjoyed the “pineapple” topping, which provided a nice sweetness and a bit of texture. The filling was also sweet, and the pieces of pork were tender. Again, I do wish that they could have been a little more generous with the amount of filling.

Pizza Bun ($1.40):


3/5
This was filled with tomato sauce, peppers, hotdog and cheese. I wasn’t a big fan of the tomato sauce or peppers, which I found to be a little bland. The hot dogs (which was the same as the ones from the Cheese Hot Dog bun) were tasty however, and the cheese provided a nice creaminess.

Dried Pork Bun ($1.40):


2.5/5
This was topped with dried pork floss. In most versions, the bun would be split open, and there would be this clear, sweet glaze inside; this wasn’t the case here, however. The bun was still tasty, being fluffy and soft, and the floss had a nice savouriness. I do miss the glaze however, which is normally my favourite part of these types of buns.

The baked buns at Golden Ray Bakery are mostly just mediocore, but I did really enjoy the steamed bun. The prices are very affordable, however: most of the buns are around $1.50. This isn’t the best bakery around, but it is decent and worth visiting. They are cash only, so make sure that you’ve got some on you when you visit.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Pork & Egg Steamed Bun, BBQ Pork Pineapple Bun
Golden Ray Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant

I’ve learned from hard experience never to engage in a political conversation with my parents, not unless I’m trying to induce a stroke. Don’t get me wrong; I love my parents, but they are terrible people in my opinion. Until I win the lottery or the Vancouver housing market finally collapses I’m just going to have to put up with their constant barrage of ignorant bigotry.

I did not complain when they decided to invite some family friends over to Western Lake Chinese Seafood, a restaurant that I’ve personally sworn off of because they serve shark fin on their menu. I do try to be more open when it comes to food. While I personally think that sharkfinning is a deplorable practice, I do acknowledge that a lot of vegetarians and vegans probably find my love for eating meat to be disgusting as well. So while I’d never support a restaurant that serves shark fin, I’m not going give people s*** if they do either (I’m only going to be silently judging you). Fortunately, my parents at least did not order the shark fin soup from the menu. Instead, we got Beijing Duck (2 courses), Diced Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom on Sizzling Plate, Western Lake Specialty Garlic Ribs, Prawns with Honey Glazed Walnuts & Dressing, Egg Tofu with Dried Scallops & Enoki Mushroom, and Seafood and Golden Corn Fried Rice.

Beijing Duck ($53.80):


3/5
This consisted of two courses, with the first consisting of the skin and crepe wraps, and the second of meat and lettuce wraps. I, of course, enjoyed crepe wraps much more than the lettuce. I found their duck skin to be not as crispy as I would have liked, and also a bit bland. I actually found myself enjoying the crepes and hoisin sauce more than the meat itself.

Diced Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom on Sizzling Plate ($22.80):

dav
Diced Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom on Sizzling Plate

3/5
This contained three types of mushrooms: button, shiitake, and enoki. The beef itself was reasonably tender and had a nice, flavourful sauce that was quite peppery. I was not as a big a fan of the button mushrooms however, which were served whole and were a bit bland.

Western Lake Specialty Garlic Ribs ($18.80):

dav
Western Lake Specialty Garlic Ribs

4/5
The ribs were very meaty, with little bone, and had a nice crispy texture without being overly breaded. The sauce was thick and coated the ribs nicely, and was not overly sweet, although I did find it to be a bit bland.

Prawns with Honey Glazed Walnuts & Dressing ($23.80):

dav
Prawns with Honey Glazed Walnuts & Dressing

4/5
The prawns had a nice, bouncy texture and a mildly sweet as well as savoury flavour. My favourite part of the dish however has to be the walnuts, which were crispy and sweet, with a wonderful fragrance. I could have just eaten a plate of those: they were seriously quite addictive.

Egg Tofu with Dried Scallops & Enoki Mushroom ($18.80):

dav
Egg Tofu with Dried Scallops & Enoki Mushroom Enter a caption

3.5/5
I’m normally not a big fan of tofu, but I did quite enjoy this dish. The tofu had a great texture, being a bit crispy on the outside while soft and creamy on the inside. The scallops and mushrooms provided a great savoury flavour.

Seafood and Golden Corn Fried Rice ($20.80):

dav
Seafood and Golden Corn Fried Rice

3/5
The rice was quite well cooked and had a bouncy, slightly chewy texture to them. It was mildly savoury and had a small amount of shrimp, eggs, and vegetables.

Complimentary Red Bean Soup:

dav
Complimentary Red Bean Soup (not a fan :()

Personal views aside, Western Lake Chinese Seafood is decent, though not particularly remarkable. The restaurant is a bit more high end, so the prices are a little higher. All in all, while I certainly don’t plan on returning again, this is a pretty decent place for some Cantonese cuisine.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Western Lake Specialty Garlic Ribs, Prawns with Honey Glazed Walnuts & Dressing
Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dosa Factory

So a slightly weird thing happened to me while I was at Dosa Factory today. It wasn’t really anything of a big deal, just slightly awkward/uncomfortable that I wanted to complain about on my blog because I’m seriously the most boring person on earth and I’ve got absolutely nothing else to talk about. So here goes:

I went to Dosa Factory this week for their specials. Like House of Dosas, which is located just a few doors down, they have a special on Monday where they have a selected variety of their dosas going (currently) for $6.99, which is $1 higher than HoD, but they do include a small dessert in their combo. The restaurant was understandably quite busy when I arrived (because who can resist a $6.99 dosa?), and I ended up getting a table that’s right next to the cash register at the front where a lot of people are standing around to pay their bills. I decided to get their Chicken Mixed Vegetable Dosa.

Chicken Mixed Vegetable Dosa ($6.99 on Mondays):


dav
Chicken Mixed Vegetable Dosa


4/5
The Monday special consisted of a dosa, three chutneys (coconut, tomato and sambar) and a small, bite-sized dessert (I got a Ras Malai). The dosa is essentially a large, thin crepe, and has a crispy texture in the regions near the edges and a softer, chewier texture in regions closer to the interior. On its own it has a slightly tangy flavour; I ate it with the chutneys (my favourite is the coconut, which is creamy and has a nice aroma). There was a generous amount of filling, which consisted of chicken, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and peas. The meat and vegetables is well-cooked and seasoned, and had a nice aroma from the spices, although I could have done with a bit more heat. While I’m generally not the biggest fan of Indian desserts (I find them too sweet, which is a bit shocking as I LOVE sugar), I actually quite liked the Ras Malia, which wasn’t overly sweet and had a nice creaminess and aroma.

dav
Great deal!

So what is the “awkward” thing that I was talking about at the beginning of this post? Well it is this: while I was sitting alone at my table beside the cash register, waiting for my food to arrive, a random stranger came and plotted herself right down in a chair at my table. She was apparently a customer who had ordered her food to-go and decided to take a seat while waiting for it to be prepared. Not that she told me this; no, she never spoke or asked if it was okay to sit at my table while she waited for her food. I know that this isn’t a big deal and I’m probably being a spoiled, entitled a-hole for bitching about it, but I do wish that she could have at least asked…

In spite of the slightly weird incident, I returned the following day to try more of their food. The restaurant was almost completely empty this time and I got a nice table far from the cash register and any customers who might be tempted to sit down at my table while they waited for their food. They had their Kothu special on Tuesday, which is currently priced at $10.99 (the normal prices is $13.99+). While I normally do prefer chicken, I ended up ordering their lamb version. Why? Because I’m a cheap Asian who could not ignore the fact that the chicken kothu parotta was only $13.99 on regular days while the lamb is priced at $15.99, meaning that I save $5 instead of $3, that’s why!

Lamb Kothu Parotta ($10.99 on Tuesday):

dav
Lamb Kothu Parotta – big portion!

4.5/5
This is the first time that I’ve had this type of dish and now that I’ve tried it, there’s no doubt that I’d be ordering this more in the future. This is quite similar to a fried noodle dish, except with strips of chopped up parotta (which is a type of flatbread) in place of the noodles, mixed with various spices, eggs and lamb. The parotta had a soft chewy texture that is a bit like rice noodle rolls. It was very flavourful and had a great fragrance from the spices. I had requested the dish to be spicier and they made it perfectly: there was a good amount of heat, just enough to make my eyes water slightly. There was a good amount of lamb, which was very tender and not too gamey. It was quite a large portion too: I was quite full about 2/3 of the way through the dish but it was so addictively tasty that I just couldn’t stop eating the whole thing.

dav
I need better self-restraint (SO FULL!!!)

The kothu parotta left me completely, utterly stuffed. I was seriously so full that I ended up spending the next few hours with my belt unbuckled (my apologies for the disturbing image). After visiting this restaurant twice, I’ve got say that I really like this joint. While I do prefer HoD a tad more (I do think that their service is better), this is still a very good restaurant, and definitely worth visiting (especially on Mondays).

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5 (5/5 on Mondays, 3.5/5 on regular days)
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Kothu Parotta, Dosa
Dosa Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato