Green Leaf Cafe – Burnaby

WAHOOOOOOOOOO! A new location closer to home! Finally got to try this hyped up sushi chain.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – There’s a lot of variety with some Korean vibes to it. Sushi, Udons, rice, kimbaps etc. check out the pics

Service – 9/10 – They’re super quick and super friendly. Nothing bad to say about them, but nothing that was above and beyond.

Taste – 8.5/10 – The aburi was really tasty. I actually enjoyed these ones. The udons were really tasty and saucy. The only bad thing that we had was the kimbap. It was really disappointing. smh.

Atmosphere – N/A – cute interior, cute dishes..

Reasonably Priced – 7.5/10 – For some things, it was pricier than what you’d get… example: the “gimbap” (which i call Kimbap) was $5. I was expecting some awesome gimbap. However, all that was inside the Bulgogi gimbap was Bulgogi. If you were to buy this at the Korean Kimbap place on North Road or Hannam Mart, there would be radish carrots and other things inside the kimbap!!! D:

Overall, I would come here again if I had to be somewhere else in Burnaby as well.

yours truly,

tb ❤

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Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot Pot – Richmond

Update: Highly recommend making reservations because it can fill it very fast and they have limited seating to give you the ultimate experience 🙂

I’ve been here before right after getting picked up from the airport only because I heard about it from @yvrnomswidlindu…then I went here again with my friends but with a groupon.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – WOW!!!! I feel like you get so much with the Groupon or my appetite is just really small… but we still had meats and some vegetables leftover…

Service – 9/10 – Our servers were really nice and friendly and patient. Plus she took more than one photo and automatically offered to take a photo for us without us even asking…. They were quick and tried to be there for us even when it was really busy.

Taste – 9.5/10 – the base that you get with the groupon was okay. My friend and I who sat on the same side got one miso and one tom yum base (paid extra $3). We decided that miso would be too ‘bland’ so we mixed the two together and it ended up being really spicy…….. oops LOL. Everything else was really delicious and I drank 1.5 cups of the milk tea (because it was unlimited). The dessert was also really good (it’s jello and not tofu dessert woooooo!)

Atmosphere – 8/10 – it was dim and if you are a group of 4 or prefer the tables, there are only 2 (i think). Everyone else has to sit up at the oval bar which is really cool/nice i guess. You face the servers inside who help/serve you in and out etc.

Reasonably Priced – 9/10 – for 17.50 each ($45 groupon but discount code bringing it down to $35 which is $17.50 per person plus tax) it is DEFINITELY worth the buck!!!!! Highly recommend you try this place especially with the groupon. Make sure you get the dinner one if you’re going for dinner (because there’s also lunch time).

Overall, I would definitely be coming here again!~

3779 Sexsmith Rd Unit 2133, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z9

yours truly,

tb ❤

Milkcow Canada – Richmond

“Korean dessert cafe, Milkcow, famed for its unique milk soft ice cream and extraordinary toppings has arrived in Canada! Milkcow is one of the fastest growing ice cream chains in Asia, featuring endorsements by well-known South Korean celebrities.”

I’ve always wanted to go here but haven’t had the chance until last weekend. In addition, my sister won a contest that also gave her $25 gift card to spend at Milkcow so that enticed us to go sooner than later…

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 7/10 – There were about 10-15 different ice cream toppings and the prices vary by how tough it would be (from what I can see).

Service – 8/10 – They were quick and friendly.

Taste – 8/10 – It was very soft and fluffy tasting? It wasn’t sweet like Mcd’s/Ikea’s soft serve ice cream. It kind of reminded me like Costco’s soft serve though. Regardless, it was good.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 6.5/10 – It is the most expensive soft serve ice cream I have ever had. The original (just the cup and the soft serve ice cream) costs $4.95. If you want to add Macaroon or anything else (cotton candy), blue syrup, other things, it would be $5.95 and more. Personally, I don’t think it is worth the cost but it is very hyped rn so people would pay for it. It’s also different from the others (not bingsoo, not waffles, not waffles with ice cream, etc.) soooooooo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Overall, I probably wouldn’t come here again if I was in Richmond just because there are SO MANY other choices available in Richmond that I haven’t tried yet so I’d do that first before considering to come back…

yours truly,

tb ❤

Passion8 Dessert Cafe – Vancouver

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.

V-STAR Rating:

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…

yours truly,

tb ❤

Ramen Gojiro – Vancouver

Heard this place was popular so we decided to come here for a late-ish lunch. Wow…. The line outside the door speaks for their popularity.. Regardless we waited…

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 8/10 – It’s a Ramen place so expect there to be 80-90% Ramen choices. There are salads, other deep fried things like chicken and gyoza etc.

Service – 7.5/10 – I guess because it was really busy, the service wasn’t the greatest. It would take long to wave someone for water or get a box etc or take our order. However, once you get their attention, they move really fast.

Taste – 9/10 – The salad I had was realllllllly good even though I could smell and semi-taste the flakey octopus thing.

Atmosphere – 8/10 – I guess most – if not all – Japanese restaurants have that culture where they say something when someone gets seated and when they leave (I think it’s welcome and thank you / good bye / see you again – I wouldn’t know considering I practically failed Japanese lol). That whole thing makes the atmosphere fun and lively.

Reasonably Priced – 8.5/10 – You get A LOT for the price you’re paying for. Definitely worth it.

Overall, I would not come here again UNLESS I am sharing with someone. I couldn’t finish my own bowl .. and there was A LOT left!!! So wasteful… Maybe the chicken and salad prior to my Ramen made me really full… oh welps.

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 ❤