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.
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.
Cuisine Type: Gourmet panini's, pastries, and macarons
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Coffee, sweet pastries, and macarons
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Our cafe is a great place to sit and enjoy talking with friends or reading a good book. We also have free WiFi, two free parking spots in the back, and a kids play area.
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
Coming from a foodie family, I learned to bake at my mothers side, where my sisters and I would eagerly await the wooden spoon at the end of mixing. These feelings of family always accompany when i bake and give me immense enjoyment.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We don't take ourselves too seriously. We have fun while we work and enjoy a good laugh. If our customers are laughing, we are happy.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our panini are created with the gourmet in mind. We use the best ingredients, such as roast beef and blue cheese, duck with mushroom, and roast chicken with asparagus and brie. Our cooking classes are fun and informative, and give you the confidence to cook macarons at home.