Cheesecake Etc

I haven’t been to Cheesecake Etc (on Granville, two blocks off from Broadway) for a while, so this time I revisited with a few friends to enjoy their delicious cheesecake.

Was dark inside, but of course that is atmosphere this cheesecake only place offers. So sorry for the blurry photos.

I normally do not order cheesecake anywhere else (because I can make them at home so easily). But I like Cheesecake Etc’s cheesecake, they are soooo fluffy! So for that I have ordered the original.

What can I say about the original? It’s original 😛 and fluffy without being too sweet. Even their whipping cream is never overly sweet. I just love love this cheesecake place.

My friend ordered the daily special – Mandarin Orange and Chocolate Syrup Cheesecake.

It is essentially the same cheesecake with a different sauce. But I really liked this sauce, the mandarin orange is lightly sour and sweet with a bit of chocolate. I really liked it. 🙂

Oh how I missed this place. I have only heard the owner play the piano once! He is hard to get, so let’s cross your fingers and hope you are lucky. 😉
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Asakusa

I have been to this place about two years ago for sushi. I was walking around with two friends trying to see what we should eat. We were waiting previously at the restaurant next to them and the waitress right away didn’t give us a positive service, so we just pop into this one instead.

They had special combos for lunch and dinner. So we all ordered the Beef Teriyaki combo which comes with miso soup, tempura, BC roll (bbq salmon skin) and you can select from rice or bean sprout to go with the meal. All together for $10

For the amount of food you get with that price, you really just couldn’t ask for much. The food was meh. Beef teriyaki was served really hot on a tenpan but very watery from the bean sprout, I tried to separate them as I eat but it was really hard. The BC roll was a little too dry, maybe too much salmon skin or barbeque too much. I don’t know what it was, but I just didn’t like it that much.

It fills you up for sure, but I remember their sushi was decent. So probably revisit for sushi only.

 
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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka 山頭火

I have been to this place when it first opened, and I really enjoyed their ramen soup. So this time as I walked by I decided to drop in again for a early dinner, this place gets pretty busy as the night goes on. So to avoid line up come early!

Even though we arrived at 5:45pm, we still had to wait for about 15 mins. The inside seating area was already full, so we were seated towards the entrance.

But as I looked over to the shoulder, I notice the big wood sign again. I couldn’t move over to take a good photo of it. But I super liked the sign. 😛

Santouka is run by Japanese that specializes in Hokkaido ramen. It sits on Robson really close to Guu. Let’s dig in!

This is the spicy miso ramen combo with ikura on rice. The combo is also served with house pickled plum and half egg. Maybe I am into really spicy food, this noodle is not too spicy. Just a little bit. The ikura sort of taste funny on the rice, cause the rice was so warm which made the ikura warm. Hmm, ikura is already very fishy therefore having it warm made it more fishy. I didn’t really like that.

Miso Ramen – I usually order this, or someone else will always then I can try the soup. The soup is good like I had tried before, their soup base is very rich and strong.

Tonkotsu Ramen – made with pork bone broth, even stronger than miso. But I really liked how smooth it made the ramen taste.

However I notice from the ramen that they leave a thin layer on top of the soup (something similar to hot milk skin). I couldn’t understand why – maybe it is because the soup base is too fatty therefore leaving the skin?

Overall I enjoyed the ramen but didn’t really like the service (the waitresses are not very friendly) and one of my friend found oily spoon (yikes!). I wouldn’t wait in line for this type of service and environment. Maybe to go would be suitable?

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Q-Go Ramen

I never noticed this restaurant before until my brother who works in the area told me about it. So I decided to go give it a try with a few friends. Q-Go Ramen is on Broadway cross Granville. This is a CASH ONLY restaurant.

This restaurant’s interior design is like other ramen places, cozy but not overly crowded. But never any places to put your bags or jackets. 😛 But it is the same in Japan anyways.

Good that I went with a few friends so I can try a bit of everything. This is the chasu don – the chasu is actually really good, the right amount of fat with the pork and wasn’t overly oily.

Shoyu Ramen – This is a lighter soup, but I enjoyed it. It didn’t gave me this really oily and too filling feeling. I was able to drink a little bit of soup. The chasu is very good and tender.

My friend’s Miso Ramen which I tried the soup, a little lighter than most ramen places. But it is good that it wasn’t too heavy. And noodle is the right chewiness. 🙂

This is a Taiwanese run Japanese ramen place, therefore you don’t get the typical strong flavoured ramen soup bases you get at other ramen places. If you are not into strong flavour, you can definitely this out. The waitress was very friendly and made sure everything was okay and answer all the questions when asked. I would revisit just because of the no line ups, moderate price, friendly service and environment.

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French Made Baking

Saw this place and got attracted by the tower of macarons by the window.

It is very pretty, the bakery is very cute and full of fresh bakery smell. I went there to buy a box of macarons for Mother’s Day dessert. Since I was preparing a Mother’s Day dinner at home, so I got these desserts to go.

Earl Grey Ganache Tart – just by the name of it, I started drooling. Sounds so yummy! It was yummy but I really just couldn’t taste any Earl Grey at all. Maybe the chocolate ganache was too strong, which covered the light Earl Grey flavour. But tart crust is very good with soft and smooth chocolate ganache.

This is lemon meringue tart with rosewater. Very beautiful presentation and good lemon filling without being too sour but where is the rosewater? Once again I didn’t taste much difference than an original lemon meringue tart.

Since I got them to go and I got so many I really couldn’t tell what’s what by the time I ate them. 😛 The flavours include: Jasmine white chocolate ganache, Passion fruit, Pistachio, Litchi/Rose, Earl Grey, Raspberry and Yuzu.

Okay there are few distinctive ones that I can tell such as Pistachio. Mint with dark chocolate ganache? Raspberry – quite good. Yuzu sort of taste like butterscotch. Or it was butterscotch… I tasted the Litchi/Rose a lot, it was actually the best one that I enjoyed. (Or maybe I can actually taste what it is) Overall the taste of the macarons were a little sweet but okay if you have them with tea or coffee, texture were also very good.

But here is the horror, my brother got a piece of plastic object in one of the Yuzu. At first he thought it was a nail so all of us almost threw up. But after a closer look it was a piece of hard plastic (we assume it’s from some sort of container or packing). This scared me a bit, I don’t know if I will ever go back.

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La Bretagne Creperie

This authentic French crepe cafe is off Robson on Jervis. As I enter the restaurant I notice the casual French cafe furnitures and the French waitress and chef, but I also notice how smoky the place is. As we got seated towards the end of the restaurant next (maybe I should say right in front of) the kitchen, I notice the smoke gets worst as the chef cooks meals for customers.

When we placed our orders, the waitress told us there were few things they are sold out or missing that day. But she didn’t tell us right at the beginning, she told us as we order (which is sort of annoying).

To start off, we got a cappuccino. It was good, like any other French cafes.

I ordered a pear crepe topped with Swiss dark chocolate. The crepe is fresh and soft. I really liked it, however the overdose of chocolate and sugared pear got me. It was really really sweet! The whipped cream is from a can (yes I can tell. :P) Half way through, I tried pushing off the chocolate and the cream and ordered an orange juice to balance out the sweetness.

For savoury, I got the chicken asparagus with jack cheese. This one is very yummy, the cheese so nicely melted with fresh asparagus and bits of chicken. (Or maybe I am preferring this because the sweet crepe was too sweet for me.) Though their crepes tend to be a little burnt (compared to most places I have tried).

Their crepes is good, but I also saw a few customer having baked crepes (which I would love to try). However they really need to improve their ventilation system, my throat started to hurt from smelling all the smoke for the short 40 mins I was in there. I couldn’t sit and chat because my throat and nose simply just couldn’t handle it.

Maybe revisit during summer when I can sit outside.

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Tokyo Joe’s Sushi Factory

Was looking for a cheap sushi place in Richmond so I found this. I heard about Tokyo Joe’s from a couple of colleagues (I work in Richmond), so I thought I would give it a try. Close by Lansdowne on Ackroyd Road in a little plaza.

Half size tuna and salmon sashimi – fresh.

Not sure if it is because I went with a boy but there is a heart in our sauce! XD (I went previously with my family and we didn’t get a heart :P) Anyways, very neat presentation of the maki rolls.

TJ Garden Roll and Spider Roll

TJ Garden Roll is very good – wrapped yam with avocado and pacific green salad (seaweed) on top. I liked the flavours and the texture, seaweed adds the chewy and freshness to the sushi. Very good combination.

Spider Roll – crispy fried soft shell crap with the special sauce (not sure what the sauce is but sort of taste like okonomiyaki sauce) This one is alright, but good thing that the soft shell crap didn’t get soggy and stayed crispy through our meal. 🙂

Of course, I order chopped scallop roll. 😛 This one tastes great with bits of tobiko (fly fish roe), it gave it extra little texture and pops. I liked it!

They serve unlimited miso soup and green tea while you are there. Miso soup is self served, but they will always ask you as you place your order.

This sushi place is ran by Koreans and has very energetic servers and waitress who are friendly and fast. I would recommend this if you are looking for something affordable and fast in Richmond.

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Saboten

Generally I don’t blog food court items, but if it is interesting enough or there is a hype I would like to try. (But really seems like everytime Aberdeen food court gets something new, there is a line up. :P) So I saw the line up a couple of times and finally I gave it a try when there were less people.

This is the pork tenderloin set (around $9.00) includes pork tenderloin cutlet, salad, rice, miso soup. (So many sauce that I almost didn’t know what to do with it.)

The cutlet is actually pretty good, it is very tender and crispy on the outside. With the right amount of sauce, it is very yummy. But I really don’t know if it is worth the price I am paying for. Yes the breading is extra fluffy and crispy compared to any other katsu (cutlet) I have tried before, but really nine dollars? Hmm, I probably wouldn’t order again unless I feel like something fried and crispy.

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Adonia Tea House

I am sure for those high tea enthusiast would have heard of this small high tea place in Kerrisdale (high tea paradise :P). Adonia is located on West 41st Ave which offers afternoon tea, lunch and to go.

They use really adorable antique chinas, to match the overall theme of the cafe. Floral wallpaper and green cabinets, gives you a warm homey feeling to this cafe.

I have been here before for afternoon tea and I can never finish their food! (But really I can never finish any high tea sets and always have to bring some home. So this time I ordered the mini set (without having lunch prior) and still I could barely finish the set. (Mini set gives a sample of the afternoon high tea set, good for girls with small appetite and wants to try everything. 🙂 )

The mini tea set (6 pieces of mini sweets and savouries) is served with curry chicken croissant sandwich, ham and cheese crust-less sandwich, tuna sandwich, chocolate brownie cake, fruit tart/lemon meringue tart, chestnut tart with raspberry. I am not too into their savouries, they are very average. However their sweets are decent. (Though I have tried better, but Adonia is really good price for the environment you get.)

Usually I go for this place if I am feeling casual. Otherwise there are many more high tea places you can choose from around the neighbourhood at a little more price for a little more quality.
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