Burrrrrr! It’s cold in here – but that doesn’t stop the foodie fam from visiting dessert places with shaved ice dessert! Hidden in a complex/plaza, this Korean cafe was quite delicious!
Variety – 7/10 – From what I can remember, you can only get taiyaki (3-4 different flavours) shaved iced (strawberry, mango, etc.), drinks: tea, coffee, flavoured fizzy lemonade, and sweet toast.
Service – 7/10 – Getting our stuff took some time. The Taiyaki was fast because they were tiny portions. Other than that, they were really nice I guess? Very little interaction since you come in – order – then seat yourself and they bring it to you when it’s ready.
Taste – 9/10 – The shaved iced was very creamy and soft! The Taiyaki was a good size (in my opinion) because I usually can’t finish the normal size. The drink that I got was interesting, but probably very overpriced.
Atmosphere – n/a – no atmosphere here.
Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – Priced normally in terms of what you can expect nowadays at these dessert cafes.
Overall, I wouldn’t come here again (if I was coming from home). If I was in the area or if it was on the way to another place I was going to, then I would be more willing to make a pit stop there.
Address: 220 2800 E1st ave, Vancouver, BC V5M 4P1
I’ve heard of this place before so when we saw it after going to that Conservatory at QE Park, I just had to check it out.
Variety – 7/10 – From what I can remember, you can get a few different flavors of cheesecake and bingsoo. I think there were macarons available but meh, not my thing.
Service – n/a – you order then sit and then they bring it to your table. Not much “service” needed.
Taste – 6.5/10 – The cheesecake was SUPER strong in the cheese flavor and the matcha. The Bingsoo wasn’t that great. It was a tad syrup-ie and the ice wasn’t as soft as Snowy Village. It was just presented very aesthetically and you get cheesecake on top of it (but I hate cheesecake).
Atmosphere – n/a
Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – it was roughly 6.50-8$ for the cheesecake and double digits for the bingsoo. That is average pricing to me.
Overall, wouldn’t make the trip here again. Side note: it was quite packed on a weekend night so maybe I am ordering the wrong things since lots of people come here…
Originally we were going to go to Fondway Café except 1) it was packed with only 1-2 seats here n there because people hog space with their homework/laptop etc. Limited seating. 2) the menu wasn’t too appetizing. So then, we walked over 4 stores and boy am I so glad we went to Estea Café instead!!!
Variety – 10/10 – There’s your Asian food/appetizers (similar to bubble world but I think they focus on dessert?). They also have Bubble Waffle, Belgian Waffle, Layered Cake, Bubble Tea, etc. It’s an all in one shop for dessert/Asian food!!
Service – 8/10 – You order at the counter and then they bring out the food to you. Not much service.
Taste – 9/10 – Everything was really good. Bubble tea was good (can’t mess up Lychee Tee). Bubble Waffle Ice Cream thing was good, but it was better to eat on a plate. The layered cake was delicious the first few bites and then after it gets a bit too creamy.
Atmosphere – n/a
Reasonably Priced – 7.5/10 – Not sure what the prices for the food is but for the dessert, it seemed okay.. Not super overpriced, but not dirt cheap either.
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend you to come here because I will definitely return!