Disclaimer: *This was a complimentary food event. This post was not edited or written for monetary compensation, and are solely my opinions and observations.
I was kindly invited by Chobee check out Fondway Cafe right across from Metrotown mall – making it very convenient for both drivers and public transit riders. The cafe could benefit from a lit signage above the cafe as it can be easily missed on a dark street and surrounding. However, the interior bright lights are sure to welcome you into the new cafe. (relocated from their previous location in Crystal Mall)
The interior was bright, open and spacious. Their decor was slightly hipsterish with vintage furniture, but very modern. Large, easy to read blackboard menu. Gives it a personal touch and welcoming feel. Fair prices!Tons of selections on teas! They have more than 60 different blends of teas that come from all over the world.Each tag indicates the ingredients, ratings on ‘Concentration’, “Acidity’, or ‘Caffeine levels’, and how it is beneficial to our health. Tells you the cost per 100 or 50 g and also explained in Chinese. Very well thought out and designed/displayed. Their tea is brewed with a special machine ‘Teapresso’ that uses a 9-bar water pressurizer to extract the best flavour out of each and every kind of tea!Handcrafted sign. Food presentation was well articulated. I love how much attention is put into the details.
There were an abundance of food available to try. It was amazing! Vintage and cute decor.Samples of tea to try out. I first tried the very left one, Passion Fruit. It’s very refreshing, I think it’d be great for the summer season. Later on, I tried the Caramel Tea – the smell of caramel was strong (in a good way), and I kept sniffing my cup because the smell was so delicious. Mmmm….All the ingredients were fresh, and delicious! Consideration into all the details – even the little signs for food.Their menus were creative, printed on clear transparencies and nailed into a wooden board. Very slick and unique.Need to cleanse your mouth? Some lemon infused water, nicely and interestingly displayed.Very Asian sandwiches with the crust cut-off. The beautiful salads in interesting bowls. The leafy greens were nice and crisp, the dressing was light and the vinegar was refreshing. Cool table top, but slightly hard to eat on if you have lots of plates with the raised rims. But still very unique. Love the double glass cups! Enhances the taste if the tea – looks beautiful and light to carry. Interesting hooks for your coats and bags. Very convenient! These Creme Caramel were my favourite! It was super smooth. Not too sweet. The syrup was runny, but it reminded me of the ones I used to eat while growing up. Fair price too! I’ll definitely be back for more of these Creativity fills the walls above our heads.Their ‘specialty’ dink – coffee with nitrogen gas! Their cold brewed coffee is infused with the gas to create a silky texture and bubbly taste – making it more creamier and richer.My plate: the waffle was chewy, but the texture was something I prefer – a bit denser. Not too sweet. The bite-size appey wasn’t so bite-size. It was a bit too big and fell apart several times while attempting to eat it. However, the ingredients were nice and fresh. Great mix of smoked salmon, lettuce, cheese and crackers. Same goes for the sandwich – the ingredients were crisp and tasted light. The cream is light, and the flavour of earl grey in a cake is a new pleasant flavour. I love earl grey, and while I have tried earl grey gelato’s before, it was a first for a cake. Fair prices too. I had bites from the bottom due to the nuts on top. For that reason (nut allergy), I didn’t try the chocolate cake.Concentrated Chocolate CakeSo beautifully made! This was a coffee with honey and lemon. It was refreshing. With ice and the zesty taste, it would be great for the hot summer.Cheesecake! Spongy, and dense. Not too sweet, but quite creamy.
Unfortunately, since the pieces of food were large, I didn’t get a chance to try everything at the media event. But that means I’ll have to come back to try out more!Unique vintage furniture. Last but not least, as a take-home gift, I got two tea bags of their wonderful teas. Love the care and effort in their branding, packaging, and great, friendly staff. The teas were amazing. I wish I had more room in my belly to drink and try out more. I’ll be back for sure! Must come back with Sheepie and/or friends. If it were in my neighbourhood, I’d be going to it all the time!
If you want to have a special sneak peek, check out their grand opening happening this Saturday!
——– Fondway Cafe Grand Opening! ——–
Saturday. Nov. 21, 12:00 – 7:00pm
4462 Beresford Street, Burnaby
Next to Metrotown Skytrain
A set menu will be provided for an entree fee of $20 dollars, there will be two options to choose from. Go check it out! You wont be disappointed!
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