Sugar Lab – Burnaby

Suga Suga how you get so fly~ 

Ha. Ha. Ha. An interesting name for an interesting dessert place. Interior is super cute but quite small. The walk to the bathroom is quite aesthetically pleasing.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 –  they got drinks (like bubble tea) in a fancy glass. crepe cakes. shaved iced. and probably other desserts that I wasn’t too excited about (so i forgot).

Service – n/a – you order and then you sit down and then they bring it to you. very little service required… Don’t get me wrong. They are friendly, but I can’t necessarily rate their service when there’s limits to their

Taste – 7.75/10 – The crepe cake was really good. I think I like it better than Estea Cafe. The Shaved Iced (Mango) was huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge! Was not expecting that. However, I prefer snowy village better for this. As for the mango drink, you could not mess that up (so it was delicious)

Atmosphere – n/a – quiet-ish, super small with limited seats. It seems like a place that people study in at night … super cute inside as mentioned above.

Reasonably Priced – 7.75/10 – decent price for the amount you get. Not over the top expensive. Still something that you can justify for.

Overall, I would come here again even though it’s about a 30 minute drive. It’s just worth it. Highly recommend.. 🙂

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

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Nahm Thai Bistro – Surrey

Been here a couple times already but haven’t really  made a review post for it yet so here it is! The first few times I came here, it wasn’t that great. Decided to come here again with friends and it was better than the first two experiences.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 8/10 – There’s a lot of things you can have – rice, noodles, soup with a variety of “toppings”. There’s also Thai specialty drinks and dessert.

Service – 9/10 – They were quick and food came out fast. Maybe because we were one of the only ones (cause it was still kind of early). It started to pick up half way through our dinner. Regardless, still friendly and quick.

Taste – 8.5/10 – we got the sharing platter (ate it before I got to take a pic), Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai, and Green Curry w/ Rice.

Atmosphere – n/a  

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – It wasn’t over the top but Pink Elephant has better deals and combos that you can get. This place didn’t offer deals like that so it was meh.

Overall, this place isn’t my go-to Thai place in Surrey.

yours truly,

tb ❤

YEW (#DOVF) – Vancouver

To be honest, I really wanted to try this place because they had Tiger Prawn Ceviché. I’ve heard of this restaurant before and I knew it was popular and usually expensive, so why not take advantage of the Dine-Out Festival (a 3 course set menu with options for the price range of $30 – $40). Super glad we still decided to go here despite a few negative comments about how YEW sucks during dine-out…. They definitely turned the table around this year though!!

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – n/a – again, with dine-out, the selection is limited to 2-3 choices per course; thus, no rating was given for this category

Service – 9.5/10 – our waitress was super friendly and was super cool (because she took more than ONE photo and tried different angles as well!!!!) she was super helpful and chatty but not TOO much .. just the right amount. The only negative thing about this experience was that we noticed they took the jacket of the girl in front of us but did not offer to take ours *shrugs*

Taste – 9/10 – for my dishes, they were all delicious! The tiger prawn was REALLLLLLLLLY sour. Even though I like sour things, this was just WAY too sour but somehow I still enjoyed it thoroughly… The Beef was SO TENDER. MY GOODNESS. It just falls apart when you try to poke at it/separate.  The Earl Grey mousse dessert was a little weird though. It had the nice earl grey taste, but then it would get kicked away but the tangy orange taste .. I don’t know if i enjoyed that one …

Atmosphere – 9/10 – Everyone and everything is so boujee (extra fancy). The interior was really nice and everything just screams “high-end” (even the ceiling was quite high….). The dim lighting created that “ooh-lala” atmosphere.

Reasonably Priced – 10/10 – for the $40 dineout menu, this was definitely worth the bang for your buck!!!!

Overall, I probably would come back here for a special occasion or dine-out next year. I would recommend those who had a bad experience with them to try it again next year!!

yours truly,

tb ❤

ARC (#DOVF) – Vancouver

We decided to go here for DINE OUT because it was close to the hotel and I didn’t want to walk very far… 🙂

V-STAR Rating:

Variety: n/a – We did dine-out so we were not looking at the main menu.

Service: 9/10 – Our waitress was nice, but when it was dessert time, she let someone else cover for her and they gave us the wrong dessert apparently (because she came by after and said my plate was supposed to say Happy Birthday but the other girl gave it to someone else).

Taste: 7.5/10 – the tuna tartare was okay. I wish there were other things to accompany it with. The taste was a lil too fishy for it to be eaten alone. The Braised cheek was pretty good, except the flavour was too much after half-way through the dish. As for the dessert, it was SUPER RICH. Dark chocolate was very strong, so it was something that I couldn’t finish on my own. The whole thing was just too much.

Atmosphere: 9/10 – the ambiance is very classy, dim, soothing(?). Interior looks very nice.

Reasonably Priced: 7.5/10 – super expensive but it is a high-end restaurant and I am not too sure if the quality of the food is worth the money. Since we did dine-out, it was dine-out portion… The Tuna Tartare was not what I expected and that was my most anticipated dish…  Regardless, if you like classy expensive things, Arc is the place to try out at least once?

Overall, maybe I need to come try this place again and order things off the menu. It is quite pricey though so .. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

Estea Café – Burnaby

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!!!

V-STAR Rating:

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!

Yours truly,

tb ❤

Kurumba Restaurant – Port Moody

I was going to get my car fixed at the Open Road Autoshop, so I quickly googled restaurants nearby. We ended up choosing to go here because it was a fusion of different Asian Cuisines.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – There were a lot of dishes to choose from: Noodles (different flavors and styles), Rice (different flavors and style), Soup based, Bread, and more (can’t remember).

Service – 8.5/10 – There wasn’t much. She was nice? She took our order? And left us alone which is nice? LOL I don’t know what else to say about this.

Taste – 8/10 – The Roti Canai was really good – probably one of the best I’ve had. The “Mee Goreng” dish was good. Not too oily. The other seafood dish was meh. I didn’t like the flavor. It was too strong in seafood. It was slimy texture but also stir-fry noodles? Half wet-half dry – It was confusing. I wouldn’t get that dish again if I were to come back one day.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I would say you get A LOT for the price you’re paying for so definitely worth it!

Overall, I would recommend and come back to try different dishes!

Yours truly,

tb ❤

Asteras – Nanaimo, BC

Again, we just googled what restaurants were on the way to the ferry from Parksville and this was one of the best options that we all agreed on…

V-STAR RATING: 

Variety – 9/10 – There were a lot of different choices to choose from. Your typical Greek options plus pasta (which is usually not on the menu for legit Greek Restaurants according to my former Greek boss). But it was nice to have that variety.

Service – 7/10 – It was very busy so the service was a little slow. Perhaps we were overlooked because we just got back from the caves/hiking and were on the way to the ferry so there was no pampering up, thus we looked scrubby and we were the youngest group there. They did, however, offer us a free dessert which was really nice of them considering they didn’t do anything wrong… (and we did check the other tables who had left or were about to leave, they did not get free dessert like we did).

Taste – 9/10 – Everything was very delicious. Taste just like how a Greek restaurant should. The meat was tender and soft.

Atmosphere – 5/10 – it was pretty cool that they turned the house into a restaurant but it was not cool that the place (or the area of our table) smelled like urine. Occasionally we would get a whiff of urine – maybe the walls were a little stinky… but something definitely reeked.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – Some things were very overpriced but some was very worth the money. What I assumed I was getting, was definitely not it, and WOW the portion was HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!! I did not dent that plate at all (lamb rack).

Overall, I would recommend just for the one time experience.

Address347 Wesley St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A7

yours truly,

tb ❤