True'stea Restaurant's chefs craft Taiwanese dishes by combining local food with ingredients imported directly from Taiwan. Diners can order house specials such as Taiwan sweet chicken, smoked duck, and spicy hot pots, before finishing meals with caramel pudding dessert. Free Wi-Fi and table games keep patrons entertained, and musicians play live music on the weekends.
Though it's small, Estea Express prepares a mighty list of authentic bubble teas and smoothies. Behind the colorful counter, blenders whir combinations of red bean or even oreo ice cream into milky teas and frothy slush-smoothies before stirring in chewy gelatin pearls. Other flavors include taro root and matcha green tea for a caffeinated kick.
From its outpost on Boundary Bay, Centennial Beach Cafe dazzles multiple senses with a menu of flavourful beach cuisine and panoramic views of the Boundary Bay Regional Park. The kitchen serves up seasonal catch for platters of fish and chips. For breakfast, they layer green-eggs-and-ham sandwiches with pea greens and black-forest ham and toss hash browns with a variety of ingredients, from pesto and shrimp to grilled chicken and roasted corn. Guests enjoy the caf?'s savoury bites for early-morning sustenance while scanning the skies for eagles and other wildlife along the Pacific Coastal Flyway. In warm weather, they can sit under green umbrellas on the patio or visit the adjacent playground, and in inclement conditions, they can play games of tic-tac-toe by breathing on the restaurant's wraparound windows.
The masterminds behind Waves Coffee House know that a good cup of joe starts with good beans. Before purchasing from a new supplier, their coffee experts put the beans through rigorous visual and taste tests that are graded on six levels?consistency, aroma, flavor, body, acidity, and aftertaste. Beans that survive this stage are subjected to additional testing, including a spelling bee and several different brewing methods. Once a batch passes muster, Waves works directly with farm cooperatives to ensure that farmers earn a competitive wage for their products.
The company?s insistence on quality and consistency has paid off: since opening, they?ve expanded to more than 10 stores in two provinces. Each location serves Waves?s signature coffee blends?West Coast, Mountain Blue, and Deep Blue?as well as rooibos tea turned into latte, cappuccino, and espresso forms.
Eschewing modernity's machine-based baking, European Breads handcrafts artisanal loaves using ancient recipes that are hundreds or even thousands of years old. Bakers start with natural and unrefined ingredients, which they ferment into dough, knead until it's the right consistency, and mould into chewy baguettes, sweet challah, and convincing replicas of Rodin's The Thinker, assuming the statue had raisins for eyes. At the tables in European Bread's airy café, guests can also help themselves to delicious European specialties such as crepes, perogies, and stuffed cabbage rolls.
The family-owned boutique offers an abundant selection of small-scale and artisan cheeses, charcuterie, and accompaniments in a quaint Kerrisdale fromagerie. Cheeses are hand-selected by the in-house experts, and the rotating selection of more than 150 varieties of cow, goat, and sheep's curds is thoroughly researched for history, flavour profiling, wine pairing, and favourite bands before hitting the cooler. Indulge in the creamy cow's milk Quebecoise Bleu Bénédictin ($5.95 per 100g), and savour the slightly mushroomy, slightly salty flavour of the deeply veined monk-made blue. Grab a block of the semi-hard sheep's milk pecorino Toscano and grate the fragrant fromage over your next pasta, cheesecake, or salad. For fromageophobes, Benton Brothers offers a bounty of locally made charcuterie and cheese accompaniments, to ensure all guests at your next cheese-themed soiree can sup stress-free.