Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
I was invited to Fondway Cafe for their media launch event this month. Fondway Cafe used to be in Crystal Mall but they have relocated to Beresford Street which is just behind the skytrain station. The cafe is in a residential area with lots of apartments.
The cafe is pretty quaint and kitschy looking. I love the decor here and they have high ceilings which makes it look more spacious. I can see myself hanging out here with some girl friends! They also have some interesting art painted on the wall.
There was a buffet of sandwiches! Also, there were lots of salads but I suspect those were not as popular.
I was excited to try these Belgian Liege Waffles since I love waffles but they were not what I was expecting. They were like a dense sweet bread pressed into a waffle shape. These are NOT liege waffles.
Despite what I think of their waffles, they tasted good with tuna here.
They serve many types of tea and coffee drinks here.
My favourite teas were the Mango Passion Fruit, the Goji-Acai and the Organic Pink Grapefruit. They were sweet and fruity!
I didn’t get a chance to try out other coffee drinks.
I tried the Multi-grain Croissant Chicken Sandwich and the ingredients were all fresh and the chicken was lightly seasoned and still moist.
I love how they serve things on small wooden boards! The crustless Taiwanese Tuna and the Pumpkin Crab sandwiches were tasty. I didn’t even know that it was pumpkin and crab until I read the description later.
I saved a lot of room for dessert and good thing because there was a huge selection of cake!
This was the Fruit Cake which had lots of fresh strawberries or so I’m told because I didn’t try this one.
I went straight for the Caramel Earl Grey Cake because I have a weakness for Earl Grey. I must consume it in all forms possible! The cake was light and spongy, typical of Chinese cakes. The Earl Grey flavour was barely detectable and the addition of pecans totally distracted from the flavour. The cream they used was nice though. I still liked it of course but it could be improved.
Next we have the Chocolate Cake. There were different layers to the cake and it wasn’t overly sweet which is good but not overly special either. It was not spongy like the earl grey cake but not dense either. Well I did eat this after the spongy earl grey so relatively speaking it felt dense.
This is probably my favourite cake of the night. Matcha Red Bean! I’m super biased because I love everything matcha. The cake was spongy and light like the earl grey cake. There wasn’t too much red bean (which is good or bad depending on how much you like it) but matcha and red bean is a classic Asian combo you can’t go wrong with. Cakes are $4.50/slice so it’s a fair price to pay.
Finally we have a New York Cheesecake or their version of one with a carmelized top. It was a bit more flat and the carmelized sugar on top didn’t really do much for me. The cheesecake had a creamy texture but was not as cheesy as a Western cheesecake.
It was also a tad dense but the flavour was mild overall. Nothing here was too sweet so it is great for the Asian palate.
Other desserts that they have are Apple Crumble Pie and some other types of pies or more likely tarts since they’re small. The apple crumble one was good with a flaky and buttery crust and sweet apple filling. I was too full to try the other two tarts.
On the side, we have some Creme Caramel but I’m not sure what was on the bottom because it was so weird… and kind of sour??? It was just like a liquid… I would pass on this. The texture of the creme was weird too. It was quite thick and I was expecting something softer like a custard?
I think their location is fantastic and it’d be a nice place for a quick snack or lunch and mostly to hang out with friends.