Pappa Roti

PappaRoti on UrbanspoonA clean, modern, and slightly hipsterish cafe on Robson, open till close to midnight every night. My friend suggested I try their infamous coffee bun, so I tagged along to try it out. My friend ordered their special Karak milk tea. He loves it so much he even tried getting the recipe from the staff. Of course they didn’t tell him, lol. I took a sip of it. It was very flavourable, but a tad bit too sweet for me – but that’s probably since I like my tea plain.
I ordered my Coffee bun $3.50 with a Vanilla Rooibos tea. idearabbit-papparoti2 idearabbit-papparotie

I liked how the bun came on a wooden tray. The crust was a bit crumbly, hence creating a bit of mess at the table, but the texture and taste was simply delicious. So soft with the right amount of moisture. The tea went very well with it.

idearabbit-papparoti3 idearabbit-papparoti4Their infamous Coffee Bun

Most of the staff seemed quite pleasant, but our cashier wasn’t as much. She didn’t ever smile or seemed welcoming – as if it was a drag to be working there. But other staff were quite pleasant – from the staff that brought out our drinks and buns, as well as the staff that offered to fill up my to-go cup with hot water when I asked her if I could take my half-drunk tea with me. Everything was pretty good! I would definitely return again!

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Sushiro in Maple Ridge

Sushiro on UrbanspoonWe happened to be in Maple Ridge, and wanted to grab a bite for lunch. It was around 1pm, and saw Sushiro. The interior was actually pretty decent and was about half full. The prices seemed similar to what you’d find in the Vancouver/Burnaby area.

idearabbit-sushiro idearabbit-sushiro2 idearabbit-sushiro3 idearabbit-sushiro4When we ordered, the kind server repeated our order, and I thought I heard the correct orders. However, she brought out the Tempura Don, instead of the Tempura Udon $7.95 that I thought I had said. But the ‘don’ and ‘udon’ is so similar, I can understand the mistake. The don was quite small in portion, so I don’t think I’d ever order it. Anyways, she took it back right away, and corrected my dish. Since the tempura is still the same, just need to get the noodles cooked.

I was pretty impressed with the Tempura Udon when it came out. It was decent in size. Looked delicious and was in a cast iron pot- though I believe these are usually used for Nabeyaki udons only. Still, it added character and also kept the broth and noodles hot till the very end! Slightly salty for me, but I really liked it. Compared to some other Korean/Chinese run restaurants that I have had udons in, this was pretty decent. The tempura were on the smaller side though.
Sheepie was also pretty impressed with his sushi.
The food came out in reasonable time, service was pretty good and restaurant is kept fairly clean.

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The Noodle Box

Noodlebox on UrbanspoonFor the fast-food type restaurant/atmosphere, the noodles here are quite overpriced. We actually had walked in before in Kits, and walked out because of the price, but since we hadn’t given it a chance, we decided it was time.

The restaurant seems to be falling apart with leaky roofs and a door that doesn’t close properly. There were cold drafts that didn’t make us happy.

idearabbit-noodlebox idearabbit-noodlebox2 idearabbit-noodlebox3I ordered Pad Thai $13 and Sheepie had the Thai Style Chow Mein. I had mine without peanuts, but had all the rest; egg, garlic, ginger, onions, sprouts, peppers, carrots, cabbage and herbs. Oddly, both our bowl looked pretty much the same. It seemed there were more sprouts than noodles…

As we ate, we saw the guy who ordered way before us impatiently waited for his to-go order. We weren’t sure what he ordered, but it was definitely taking a long time.

The cashier/order taker was very friendly, though the rest of the hipster-chefs seemed a bit grungy. There was a pot with ready-made tea, unfortunately, it was pretty close to being empty so I only got half a cup and the staff seemed too busy (or careless) to refill it.

The food was alright, but not worth what we paid. We wont be returning.

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