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

Paul’s Sub Shop

Ever since the 49 got re-routed near Metrotown, I’ve been passing by Paul’s Sub Shop. They are a small casual joint that, as the name suggests, specializes in sandwiches, although they do also serve up various breakfast/lunch items. I had their Bacon Double Cheese Steak and Super Sub to go.

6″ Bacon Double Cheese Steak ($10):


4/5
This contained bacon, cheese, and ribeye steak, along with mayonnaise and barbeque sauce. I did have this to go, and unfortunately, the bread did get a soggy from being wrapped in foil. That was okay though, for I do actually like softer bread over crispy. Although it didn’t really look very big, it was quite heavy and loaded with filling. The meats were tender and flavourful, and I really enjoyed the barbecue sauce, which provided a great sweetness to accompany the salty meats.

6″ Super Sub ($10):


4/5
This contained steak, salami, capocollo and mushrooms. The sandwiches were seriously over-stuffed: I actually had trouble eating it since I’ve got a smaller mouth. The meats were all very flavourful and savoury, without being overly salty. Again, the bread did get a little soggy from the trip home, but was still tasty and actually held up well to all the filling.

I quite enjoyed the sandwiches at Paul’s Sub Shop. The prices were a bit on the higher side, but I do think that they are good quality and worth the cost. The food did take a little while to prepare, but I really can’t complain too much since there was just one slightly older lady (who was quite friendly) running the shop when I visited. All in all, this is a place that’s worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Bacon Double Cheese Steak, Super Sub
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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

Grounds for Appeal

I thought that the name Grounds for Appeal seems a bit weird for a cafe, but that was before I found out that they were located at the Law Society of British Columbia. Clever. The cafe serves up a menu consisting of Indian cuisine, as well as sandwiches and pastries. The curries were premade and are served very quickly while the sandwiches take a couple of minutes longer. I had their Chicken Tikka Masala w Rice & Naan, which was off of their specials menu, as well as a Turkey & Brie on Cranberry Sandwich.

Chicken Tikka Masala w Rice & Naan ($9.50):


4/5
This was on their specials menu. The curry was quite thick, creamy, and had a great bit of heat/spice to it; it was a bit on the salty side however, and best not eaten on its own. The naan was relatively soft and chewy, although a tad crispy in some parts. The rice was firm and held up well to the curry.

Turkey & Brie on Cranberry Sandwich ($7.50):


4/5
In addition to turkey and brie, there were also slices of green apple and tomatoes inside. The bread as well toasted and crispy. The fillings were extremely flavourful, while the apples and cranberries provided a nice sweetness to balance the saltiness of the turkey and cheese. This was a bit messy to eat, but very tasty.

I really enjoyed the food at Grounds for Appeal. The prices were also quite a bargain. This is definitely worth checking out for a tasty and affordable meal.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Curry, Sandwich
Grounds For Appeal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Boulevard Coffee Roasting

I’ve taken up drinking coffee since beginning grad school. I only drink it for the caffeine however, and not for any taste. I really can’t appreciate a good cup of coffee: I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between something from a fancy artisinal shop and something from McDonalds (my boss on the other hand…). Thus, I’ve never been particularly interested in visiting Boulevard Coffee, a coffee shop at UBC that apparently roasts their own coffee beans. However, they do offer food in addition to their coffees, and recently, while running late with experiments, I decided to drop by the place for something to eat. I had their Chicken Bacon Ranch and Cranberry Pesto Prosciutto sandwiches. Their sandwiches are all premade and reheated at your request.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich ($9.05):


3/5
This consisted of chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and ranch dressing in between apple bread. I personally didn’t care too much for the bread: I found it to be a little too soft and didn’t hold the fillings well. The filling was also a bit scarce: I didn’t really get much chicken or bacon. I did enjoy the ranch dressing however.

Cranberry Pesto Prosciutto ($9.05):


4/5
This contained prosciutto, mozzarella, cranberries, pesto and greens on a French baguette. I much preferred the bread here, which was nice and crispy, and held the fillings well. The sandwich was very flavourful from the pesto and the prosciutto, which is given in a fairly generous amount. It does get a tad salty, but I still really enjoyed it.

Although I haven’t tried any of the coffees, the food at Boulevard Coffee Roasters is decent. While I was underwhelmed by their Chicken Bacon Ranch, I did quite enjoy tehir Cranberry Pesto Prosciutto. I do find their prices to be a tad high compared to other spots: the sandwiches were relatively small and not overly filling. This won’t be my favourite spot at UBC for food, but it’s still worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Cranberry Pesto Prosciutto

The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nelson the Seagull

What do you think when you hear the name “Nelson the Seagull”? Personally, I imagine some kind of kids story about a seagull named Nelson. What I certainly do not imagine is a hipster bakery/cafe in Gastown, but that is exactly what that turned out to be. In addition to fresh baked bread and various other treats, they have a small menu of sandwiches, breakfast items, and drinks. I had their Lemon Zest Marzipan Croissant, Carnivore Sandwich, and Jam Wheel.

Lemon Zest Marzipan Croissant ($4.00):


3.5/5
The pastry was quite flaky and tender, with a slightly salty flavour and a nice fragrance of lemon zest. I do wish that there was more marzipan.

Carnivore Sandwich ($12:00):


4/5
This contained roast beef, pesto, cheese, and mustard, and was served on their housemade sourdough bread. It came with a small side of greens, which didn’t seem to be well dressed and was bland, although I did enjoy the strawberries that were mixed in. The bread was crusty on the outside and tender and chewy on the inside, and appears to have been lightly buttered. The filling was very tasty, with the meat being tender and smoky, the cheese creamy and sharp and the pesto lending a nice flavor and fragrance. It is a tad on the salty side, but I quite enjoyed it.

Jam Wheel ($4:00):


3.5/5
The pastry was a tad soggy, but still flaky and had a nice buttery flavour. The jam was not overly sweet, thick, and filled with blueberries. This was simple but tasty.

In spite of the strange name, I quite enjoyed my visit to Nelson the Seagull. While I wasn’t blown away by the food, I thought that it was still pretty solid. The prices are a tad on the higher side, but not unreasonable. This is a spot worth checking out.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: The Carnivore
Nelson the Seagull Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Great Dane Coffee

I’ve been going to UBC practically every day for many years now, but I really don’t know much about the campus apart from the handful of buildings that I frequent for my classes and now graduate studies. I didn’t even know about the existence of Great Dane Coffee until recently. The latter is a bakery/cafe located at a corner in UBC, next to the Gage apartments. They offer a small lunch menu of sandwiches, as wall as some baked goods and drinks. I had their Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwich, a Matcha Muffin, and a 12 oz Matcha Latte (which I actually received by mistake after the staff mixed up my request for a muffin with a latte), as well as a butter croissant for my mom.

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Baked goods

Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($8.00):


3.5/5
This contained cheddar, monterey jack, and gruyere, and is served on house-baked foccacia bread. The foccacia was quite fluffy and soft; I would have liked the bread to be a bit more crispy. There was plenty of cheese, which were rich, gooey, and not overly sharp.

Turkey Sandwich ($8.50):


4/5
This contained roast turkey, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and chipotle mayo. Again the bread was fluffy and soft, and I didn’t mind it being not crispy this time. I really enjoyed the filling, with the vegetables being quite fresh and crispy and the mayo complimenting the turkey and vegetables very well. This was a simple sandwich that was done well.

12 oz Matcha Latte ($4.50):

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12 oz Matcha Latte

3.5/5
I actually didn’t order this: I wanted the matcha muffin, but the people made a mistake and thought that I ordered a latte (I ended up getting the muffin for free). The latte was quite creamy and mildly sweet, with a hint of bitterness and fragrance from the matcha. I did find the matcha flavour to be a bit subtle.

Matcha Muffin (Free, normally $3.50):


4/5
I happened to get this for free: I ordered the matcha muffin, but the people thought that I got the latte, and I ended up receiving both even though I only got charged for the latte. This contained matcha and white chocolate chips. The muffin was mildly sweet and had a nice fragrance from the matcha. It was a tad dry on the exterior, but relatively tender and moist in the interior. The white chocolate provided a nice sweetness and paired very well with the matcha.

Butter Croissant ($3.00):

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Butter Croissant

N/A

I quite enjoyed my trip to Great Dane Coffee. In spite of the small mishap with the mix up between the matcha muffin and latte, it did work out in my favour as I got the muffin for free. All of the food was good and fairly priced. All in all, this is a good spot for a bite if you’re on campus.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Turkey Sandwich, Matcha Muffin
Great Dane Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Delly

I’ve been going to UBC for eight years now (yes, I’m old), but I’ve honestly not tried many of the eateries there. The majority of the places don’t seem to be all that interesting, although in recent years, there did seem to have improved their eating options. One place that has remained the same however is The Delly. I’ve visited the place a couple of times back when it was still located in the old SUB building. It has now moved to the New SUB/AMS Student Nest (the names are so confusing). I’ve recently had the chance to revisit them. They serve up sandwiches, Indian food, and a good variety of pastries and other food. I had their Delly Chicken Sandwich and a Shahi Paneer.

Delly Chicken Sandwich ($8.50):


3.5/5
This comes with your choice of bread, vegetables and cheese (I had sourdough and cheddar). The chicken was very tender and juicy, and although not exactly crispy, it did have a nice texture from the breading. It was also well-seasoned. The rest of the sandwich was good; nothing to rave about, but still enjoyable.

Shahi Paneer ($9.50):


4/5
This comes with your choice of either brown rice or basmati rice; I went with the basmati. The rice was perfectly cooked and had a nice firm texture that stood up well to the curry. I really enjoyed the curry, which was creamy with a nice bit of sweetness; I would have liked to have just a bit of heat to it. There was a good amount of paneer cheese, which was creamy and tasty.

I quite enjoyed my visit to The Delly; the food there is just as good as I remembered. Their prices are fairly reasonable. All in all, this is definitely a good food option for those attending UBC (hopefully I will be finally out in a few years).

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Shahi Paneer
The Delly Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lab Retreat (Coconut Thai Restaurant & Decades Coffee Club)

So I recently got dragged on a lab retreat with my colleagues, and I’m not exaggerating about the being dragged part: I initially said that I didn’t want to go, but then received an email from The Boss basically ordering me to come along (partly because I didn’t go on the retreat the year before and party because he knows that I’m extremely antisocial). We spent three days up in the mountains in Chilliwack, doing some hiking and kayaking, as well as some very brief scientific discussions to justify our retreat. We made a couple of stops during our drive to and from the location, and I was reminded of why I like to eat alone.

1. I don’t like to hang out with people. Don’t get me wrong, the people at my lab are absolutely great and fine dining companions. I’m just a Gollum. I like to live inside my own little cave with my precious pastries and other treats.

2. I don’t get to pick which restaurant to go to. The Boss does, and The Boss is very picky and does not like any “shady” looking greasy spoons or diners. And for some reason The Boss during our trip decided that he wanted Thai food (even though there are like over a dozen Thai restaurants back home in Vancouver), so we ended up going to Coconut Thai Restaurant, which turned out to be a small, casual shop located near a large strip of stores and restaurants not far from the highway. Fortunately, there weren’t many people when we dropped by late in the afternoon and all 12 of us were able to get seated together at a long time. And this leads me to the third reason why I don’t like eating with others…

3. It takes FOREVER for everyone to finish deciding what they want. I’m a pretty impatient person. I tend to make decisions very quickly. About half of my dining companions, however, were much less decisive, and I found myself just sitting there, getting increasingly hangry while I waited for the others to finish making up their goddamn motherf***ing minds. It seriously took every ounce of self-control not to have a hangry meltdown.

In the end, we finally got our orders out. We got some appies (Satay, Popcon Shrimp, Crispy Wontons) to share, as well as individual dishes. I had their Lunch Pad Thai and Thai Iced Coffee.

Satay (Chicken, $7.99):

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Satay (Chicken)

3/5
One portion comes with 4 skewers, and was served with peanut sauce. We had the chicken version, which was made with white meat, and was a tad bit dry. However, I quite enjoyed the sauce, which had a great fragrance of coconut.

Popcorn Shrimp ($7.99):

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Popcorn Shrimp

3/5
This consisted of a small plate of fried shrimp that’s served with sweet chilli sauce. The shrimp had a nice crispy texture, and was quite flavourful, but were also very small. The portion was also quite small, probably more suitable for a single person than for sharing.

Crispy Wonton ($7.99):

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Crispy Wonton

3.5/5
The wontons were really nice and crispy, and was quite tasty when covered in the sweet and tangy plumb sauce. This was a simple dish that was surprisingly tasty.

Lunch Pad Thai (Chicken, $9.45):


3.5/5
I had the lunch version of their pad thai, which came in a smaller portion and came with a side of soup, salad, and spring roll. I quite enjoyed the pad thai: the noodles had a nice bouncy texture, a great fragrance of peanuts, and a nice tang. You get to chose how spicy you want your food; I requested spicy, and the heat level was perfect for me. I was quite disappointed by the lack of meat in the dish however: I had requested for chicken, but only received probably two pieces. The sides were okay: the soup was brothy and savoury with some vermicelli noodles while the spring roll was crispy but did not really had any filling inside.

Thai Iced Coffee ($2.50):

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Thai Iced Coffee

3/5
This was quite sweet; I actually could not detect any coffee flavour, just sweetness. I thought that the coffee was supposed to be like this, but according to one of my dining companions, who had been to more Thai restaurants than me, their iced tea was also overly sweet.

I was lukewarm on Thai Coconut. The food was okay, but not particularly memorable. I found the portions for their appetizers to be a bit small for sharing, but their lunch specials are pretty good deals. The service was fairly attentive, but not overly warm or friendly. All in all, this wasn’t a bad place, but not one that I’d necessarily recommend either.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: Pad Thai

On our return back, we stopped by another joint in Chilliwack for late lunch/early dinner. Once again The Boss chose the spot, and this time he decided to go to a coffee shop named Decades Coffee Club. Yes, The Boss loves his coffee (he even brought his own espresso machine along for the trip so that he can get his espressos every day). Since it was pretty late in the afternoon when we visited (around 5 o’clock), the baked good/dessert selection in the shop was pretty limited. They have a relatively limited food menu consisting of different fillings (Bella Roma, Tropical Chicken, Pesto Chicken) in either flatbread, panini, wrap or quesadilla form, as well as a decent selection of either cold or hot drinks. I had a Pesto Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, and their Seasonal London Fog. This brings me to the 4th reason why I don’t like eating with others:

4. I’m a glutton. I’ve got a freakishly massive appetite. I didn’t know how big the portions at the shop were, and I was worried that I’d still be hungry if I just got one quesadilla. On the other hand, I didn’t want to order too much food for fear of being regarded as either a massive glutton by my peers, or worse, a moocher since The Boss was covering all the food costs for the trip. I ended up getting some nachos since it’s generally regarded as a shareable item and I could get it under the pretense of wanting to share with others (which I did).

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Food & Drink Menu

Seasonal London Fog (12 oz, $4.85):

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Seasonal London Fog

3.5/5
Their seasonal version was lavender flavoured. The tea had a really nice fragrance of citrus, and was very creamy and foamy. It was a tad on the sweeter side, and I would have liked the tea flavour to be stronger. I also was unable to detect any lavender.

Nachos ($12.45):

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Nachos

1.5/5
This consisted of tortilla chips topped with cheese, tomatoes and olives, and were served with sour cream and salsa. I did not really care much for this dish. The chips I found to be a bit stale and not as crispy as I want. There wasn’t that much cheese present, and most of the chips were bare. I did enjoy the sour cream.

Pesto Chicken Quesadilla ($10.65):

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Pesto Chicken Quesadilla

4/5
This consisted of a tortilla filled with pesto, chicken, and cheese. The menu describes it best “simple and delicious”. The tortilla was perfectly grilled and was nice and crispy. There was a generous amount of filling inside. The chicken was incredibly tender and juicy while the cheese and pesto lent great flavour and richness.

Again, I was quite lukewarm on Decades. I really enjoyed their quesadilla, but I did not like their nachos. If I had been visiting the place by myself, I’d have likely gone for two quesadillas, or one quesadilla and a flatbread/panini.

Summary:
Food: 3/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall: 3/5
Recommendations: Pesto Chicken Quesadilla

I know that I like to complain a lot, but I have to say the retreat was not half bad. Okay, I’d still have MUCH preferred to have stayed at home in my own little cave hissing and stroking a piece of cake (I’m so sorry for this disturbing image), but I’m still glad to have spent some time socializing with my lab mates and, more importantly, not offending my boss. We had a hike during our last day up into the mountains. I almost perished during the trip, but I did get some nice pics (proof that I did actually go up the mountain).

Coconut Thai Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Decades Coffee Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The American Cheesesteak Co

I’m generally not the biggest fan of sandwiches – I find them to be kind of boring – but there are exceptions. I do enjoy a good donair or burrito (although I guess those are more “wraps” than actual sandwiches. And a good sandwich overstuffed with loads of meat and cheese is certainly hard to resist. I encountered the latter at American Cheesesteak Co, a fastfood joint specializing in variations of Philly cheesesteaks. I decided to get myself a Koagie and a Big Shot.

Kaogie AKA Korean Hoagie ($13):


4/5
This contained prime rib, american cheese, kimchi, sauteed onions, peppers, and spicy miso mayo. The sandwich, although not particularly large, was filled with a very generous amount of filling. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of beef, the meat here was very tender and juicy, and had a wonderful richness when mixed with the american cheese. The kimchi and spicy miso mayo blended very well together, and provided a tremendous amount of flavour. The bread itself was soft, slightly chewy and lightly toasted. This is quite a wet sandwich, and the juices and sauces tended to soak through the bread – I ended up using quite a few napkins to get through this.

Big Shot ($13):


3.5/5
This sandwich contained prime rib with wild mushrooms, provolone, truffle aioli and crispy onions. Once again there was a tremendous amount of filling. I absolutely loved the mushrooms and truffle oil, which provided a great fragrance. The crispy onions also had a great flavour as well as texture. With the absence of sauce, I did find the beef to be a bit bland, although it was still very tender and juicy. This sandwich was considerably drier compared to the Kaogie and much less messy to eat.

I thoroughly enjoyed the sandwiches at American Cheesesteak Co. Although the food did take a while (probably 20 minutes) to prepare, they were worth the wait in my opinion: the sandwiches were very tasty. I do think that their prices are somewhat high – however, I do prefer their food over places like Meat & Bread.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 2.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Koagie
The American Cheesesteak Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato