Toko

Toko on UrbanspoonHidden away on the darker streets away from the bustling street of Cambie with Best Buy, Canadian Tires and Save-Ons, is a quiet restaurant. It’s a narrow restaurant with high ceiling and relaxing atmosphere, specializing in noodles. Yay!

The menu is written in English, Chinese and Japanese, even though there are Thai and Korean cuisine in it as well. You have the option to order your food MSG, so I did.

idearabbit-toko1 idearabbit-toko2idearabbit-toko3We ordered Gyoza $3.50 which were square and not folded and closed completely. Interesting, but tasted good.

idearabbit-toko4I ordered the House Special Chow Mein $9.50. The noodles were crispy and the sauce was really good. My favourite!

idearabbit-toko5Sheepie ordered the Chicken with Ginger and Green Onion $10.75 with a rice bowl $1.45. This was also very delicious. Very soft meat and flavourful sauce.

The server was quick in judging what we wanted before we finished our sentence so we had to repeat to clarify, but she was a good server. I’d return if I get cravings for some Asian cuisine.

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La Cuisson Cafe

La Cuisson on UrbanspoonOriginally, I went to Beacoup Bakery after a friend had recommend it. But since all the seats were taken with a big lineup, we decided to go to Sweet Obsession instead. However, that place was also the same situation. In the end, we ended up in Kerrisdale area and came upon La Cuisson Cafe. It seemed like a regular cafe with some interesting decor, so I was a bit surprised to see what seemed to be the owner seat us to a table and offer High Tea along with the regular menu.

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Nice infographic explaining the different drinks!idearabbit-lacuisson4 idearabbit-lacuisson6 idearabbit-lacuisson12I wouldn’t expect High Tea from this place – the setting didn’t fit in for my image of a Victorian High Tea setting. However, the staff were very friendly and helpful in making our decisions on what to get. We both got the special offer of drink and cake combo.

idearabbit-lacuisson5idearabbit-lacuisson8I ordered the Tea Combo $11.95 since I wanted something caffeine free. I got the Creme Caramel tea with Caramel Pear Mousse Cake (yes, in the mood for some caramel stuff…lol) Regularly, the tea would be $6.95 with $5.95 cake = $12.90

idearabbit-lacuisson9 idearabbit-lacuisson11The glass tea pot sat on a glass coffee cafe candle warmer. Very nice! The tea was delicious! The tea cup was lovely. The cake was super soft and not sweet – just the kind of cake I like!! :) Apparently, the cakes are made by the owner’s wife without the use of chemical and quality ingredients.

idearabbit-lacuisson7Sheepie ordered the Latte and also Caramel Pear Mousse Cake combo $9.95. The latte came in a interesting cup with a coaster. Sheepie was super delighted about the place (as he has never been to a High Tea before). We didn’t have High Tea, but the experience is still a step-up from your average coffee shop, which he liked.

idearabbit-lacuisson10I don’t think I’d get the High Tea here, but the cake and tea are excellent. They do run pretty low on their cakes by the end of the day though.

Christmas Eve
I checked online to find a place for dessert on Christmas Eve, only to find that most places were closed. I phone La Cuisson and was happy to know that they were open till 6pm.

idearabbit-lacuisson13 idearabbit-lacuisson14I ordered the same combo as last time (tea with cake) and got a Chocolate Mousse for the cake. I’m not quite sure, but the bottom crunchy layer seemed a bit nutty, so I gave the bottom layer to Sheepie. If you are super allergic to nuts, best to ask which cakes could contain nuts!
Again, it was a nice and relaxing experience. It was not full again – but then again, it was Eve.

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Naan Bites

Naanbites on UrbanspoonDuring the Boxing Week, I decided to go check out the Queensborough Landing in New Westminster. The parking lot was packed, and I was quite surprised to see so many outlets. After spending hours shopping, we were hungry, so we went to try out Naan Bites.

I had the Curry Rice Bowl (with Butter Chicken) $7.99 I was shocked at the difference that I and Sheepie’s order had. He had only paid a dollar more and he had a complete full meal. I wished that I had ordered his instead, though I am not complaining about the taste of my curry, it was pretty good, but not worth $8 for the bowl!

idearabbit-naanbites1 idearabbit-naanbites2idearabbit-naanbites4Curry Rice Bowl (with Butter Chicken) $7.99

idearabbit-naanbites3This is such a better deal! $8.99

Sheepie had the Tiffin Thali (with one meat; Chicken and one veggie; Paneer Makhani curry) $8.99 along with a Pop $1.19 The curry was very tasty and a better deal than mine.
The place is fairly clean, and service is ok.

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