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.

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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:

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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):


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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.

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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):

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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.

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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

Deutsches Haus

There doesn’t seem to be many German-syle restaurants around in Vancouver, which is a bit of shame as their cuisine does sound tasty. Of course, I’m just assuming that German cuisine consists mostly of pork, potatoes and streudels, all of which I do love (I’m sure that’s a dumb stereotype and that Germans eat a lot of other stuff as well). Deutsches Haus is one of the few German restaurants that I could find in Vancouver. In addition to their regular menu, they apparently have various specials on different days of the week; I went on Tuesday for their Schnitzel Tuesday special.

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Guess what I’m having today

Schnitzel Tuesday ($14.99):

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Schnitzel Tuesday Special


3/5
This consisted of two large, thin pieces of breaded pork, a side of salad, and potato salad. The pork was relatively tender with a nice crispy coating, but was unfortunately quite under-seasoned and bland. In the description on the menu, it says that the dish was supposed to contain some cranberry sauce; I don’t know if they forgot to include it or if they’ve since removed it but I could have really done with some sauce to help provide flavour to the meat. The salad was fine, and was dressed in a sweet and tangy vinaigrette. The potato salad was German-style, and contained pickles, onions and a lighter, tangy dressing in place of the traditional mayonnaise. It tasted fine, although I do personally prefer mayo dressing. It was a fairly good portion, and since it was on special, I thought that the price was reasonable.

I had high hopes for Deutsches Haus and unfortunately, I must say that I do feel a bit let down. The food was decent, but not nearly as good as I had hoped it would be. The service was also not the best although not bad either; I think that the staff are just more comfortable with regulars/club members. While I certainly won’t discourage people from visiting this place, I wouldn’t exactly recommend it either.

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Other specials they have

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Price: 3.5/5
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: N/A
Deutsches Haus at the Vancouver Alpen Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bandidas Taqueria

While I do try my best to keep an open mind and not judge food that I haven’t tried (hey I’m Asian and we literally eat everything that moves), I do admit that I’ve got my reservations when it comes to vegetarian/vegan foods. I’m a meatatarian, and I just cannot imagine anything tasting good without the addition of a delicious, succulent slab of meat. But I’ve vowed for this year to be more adventurous when it comes to eating and try exploring more types of cuisines. Wanting to dip my toes into vegetarian cuisine, I decided to visit Bandidas Taqueria today, a popular restaurant that has a vegetarian/Mexican menu. The place is definitely hipster and casual, and quite loud. I got their Morgan Taylor Breakfast Burrito, and had it baked with cheese for an extra $2.75 charge.

Morgan Taylor Breakfast Burriot ($10.75 + $2.75 for baked with ranchero sauce and cheese):


3.5/5
The burrito consisted of a whole wheat tortilla wrap filled with scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese and sour cream, and came with a small side of tomato salsa. Although not enormous (at least not to a pig like me), it was definitely quite large, and was stuffed with a really generous amount of filling. The potatoes were well-seasoned, bordering on salty – I have a pretty high tolerance so I was okay, but I think that it might be too salty for some others. The eggs on the other hand were a bit too bland. I personally did not like the wrap that much; being whole wheat it suffered from a rather mealy texture. In spite of all the flaws, the burrito was still overall quite tasty and, in spite of being a self-proclaimed meatatarian, I actually didn’t miss the meat here.

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As you can tell, I absolutely HATED the dish

In spite of my aversion towards vegetables, I’ve got to admit that I actually quite enjoyed my meal at Bandidas Taqueria. The restaurant certainly has not convinced me to give up eating meat any time soon, but it has inspired me to keep an open mind and explore this type of cuisine more. This is definitely a good option for all the vegetarians out there, and also a good place for non-vegetarians too.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Baked Burritos
Bandidas Taqueria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Knight Street Cafe

Asides from dessert, breakfast/brunch is probably my favourite meal of the day. I’m in love with breakfast items. Chicken & waffles? French toast? Poutine (yes, you can have poutine for breakfast at Linh!)? Sign me up!

To satisfy my itch for breakfast, I decided to visit Knight Street Cafe. I had their Buttermilk Pancakes, which I added caramelized bananas to for an extra $3. They are a small shop located on the corner of Knight and Kingsway serving a good selection of breakfast and lunch items. The dish was served with a side of hashbrowns and a choice of meat (I picked breakfast sausage). The food came very quickly, and was fresh and piping hot.

Buttermilk Pancakes ($9 + $3 for caramelized bananas):

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Buttermilk Pancakes (added caramelized bananas for $3)


4/5
The dish consisted of two pancakes, a side of potato hash, and a choice of meat (I got the breakfast sausage). The pancakes weren’t very large (I’ve been spoiled by the huge pancakes from Jethros and the Elbow Room Cafe); I’d say that they’re probably about 1/4 the size of the ones from Jethros, which is still subtantial. What they lacked in size however, they sure made up for it in taste: the pancakes were very light, soft and fluffy and did not suffer from the horrible, bitter baking soda aftertaste that plagued the ones from Jethros. The caramelized bananas, which I added for an extra $3 charge, provided a great sweetness as well as fragrance of cinnamon. The potato hash were nice and crispy, albeit a tad underseasoned (nothing that a squirt of ketchup can’t solve). The sausages were well-seasoned, juicy and had a nice bit of pepperiness to them. I don’t know if they were housemade or purchased, and honestly I didn’t care; they were delicious and every bit as good as the ones from Bistro 122. The portion was also pretty good and filled me up nicely.

Complimentary Butter Tart:


They have a plate of butter tarts on the counter near the cash register, and they apparently give them out to customers instead of the usual candies/mints that you receive with your bill. I actually didn’t eat this however. I was feeling guilty…and no, not because of the calories (because come on, do you really think that I give a f*** about calories?). I’ve got a very Asian mom at home who LOVES eating (almost as much as I do) but is way too cheap to ever buy anything herself. So I decided to save the tart for her. She really enjoyed it, saying that it was very rich and buttery, and made from good quality ingredients.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Buttermilk Pancakes (you can also go for the 2x2x2x2, which comes with pancakes and more meat!)
Knight Street Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

BT Cafe – My newest food obsession

This may sound a bit strange, but I actually don’t have much experience with Asian food outside of mainland Chinese (where my parents are from). The primary reason for this is mom, being a cheap Asian, typically refuses to eat out at other Asian restaurants because she finds them to be a rip-off and thinks that she can make the food easily at home for a fraction of the price (while my dad’s the pickiest person I’ve ever known and refuses to eat anything other than plainly cooked vegetables, seafood and rice). Hence, I’ve never had Kong-style food before until my visit to BT Cafe this week. The place looks a bit shabby on the outside, but is actually quite neat and clean on the inside. You get served complimentary tea when you arrive. Now, I’ve never had baked rice/spaghetti before so I just HAD to order one of these dishes. I decided to get their Baked Spaghetti with Cheese, Meat Sauce & Sausage.

Baked Spaghetti with Cheese, Meat Sauce & Sausage ($10.50):


3.5/5
This came in a fairly large plate, piping hot and literally sizzling. The spaghetti was cooked to my liking, being tender while still maintaining some texture and chew. Although I’m generally not overly excited by tomato sauce, I quite enjoyed theirs: it was not too acidic, quite flavourful, and contained a nice amount of ground meat. The “sausage” wasn’t really sauce per se but rather Asian-style hotdogs that probably contained more processed stuff than meat but whatever, I really liked the way that they tasted. The main gripe that I have is that there wasn’t enough cheese. I absolutely LOVE cheese and I honestly couldn’t find any of it at all in the dish. Nonetheless, this was still a quite tasty dish, and a generous, filling portion.

dav
And this is where I developed my latest obsession with baked rice/spaghetti…

Coffee ($2.25):

dav

Complimentary Tea:

mde

So now that I’ve tried Hong Kong-style food I’ve got to say that I fully support Hong Kong’s bid for independence! Okay, okay, I know that I’m just being silly here, but I’m glad to see places like Hong Kong and Taiwan being able to develop their own culture and cuisine that’s unique and quite distinct from the rest of China. Politics and bad jokes aside though, I’ve enjoyed my visit to BT Cafe. The food was tasty and I now can add baked rice/spaghetti dishes to my already massive list of food obsessions. The prices are quite cheap, and the staff relatively friendly and although they seem to prefer Cantonese, they seem to be quite proficient in English as well. Just be warned, they don’t take cards, so be sure to have some cash on hand.

dav
Good thing I had a $20 on me since they only take cash; it would have been VERY awkward otherwise…

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Baked Rice/Spaghetti dishes
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