Berry Good

I’ve heard good things about Berry Good before but somehow never made it there. The cafe is pretty small but cozy as well. They have all the day’s cakes on display in a refrigerator at the back and you can go up and see what you want. They also serve drinks and drink and cake combos for around $8-10.

Berry GoodI’ve heard a lot about their Green Tea Chiffon Cake but I didn’t feel like green tea that day so I went for the Noir Blanc cake since I love chocolate. I was also interested in the Earl Grey Cheesecake but I read that it wasn’t that flavourful?

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No. 9 Restaurant-Open 24/7!

My friend and I had just worked out and we were too lazy to walk any further from the Lansdowne skytrain station than necessary so we just decided to go to No. 9 Restaurant. I haven’t been here in years and I don’t quite remember what their food was like so I was fine with trying it out again. No. 9 Restaurant serves typical HK style food but don’t expect great quality. It’s a very casual dining space. We were seated quickly since it wasn’t very busy and the restaurant is fairly large.

I wasn’t too hungry since I had ate earlier so I ordered Toast with Peanut Butter and Condensed Milk. I didn’t wanna eat back all the calories I burned! For some reason I was expecting fluffy and soft Taiwanese thick toast but in reality I got exactly what the description said. Two pieces of thin white toast with peanut butter and condensed milk. Okay so it was $3.45 so I can live with that. However, the waitress didn’t seem too happy to be taking our orders.

No. 9 Restaurant

No. 9 RestaurantMy friend had Wontons with Noodles in Soup. You can’t go wrong with that!

No. 9 RestaurantThere were five pieces of shrimp wontons and noodles underneath. I didn’t try it but she thought it tasted standard.

Overall, nothing exciting here or we didn’t order anything exciting. The table beside us ordered some sort of fried pork and it smelled delicious! No idea what it was though. Portions can be pretty big depending on what you order so it’s good for sharing and it’s probably one of the only restaurants I know of that opens 24/7 besides McDonalds.

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Big Chef Restaurant

My aunt suggested coming here for a late Chinese New Year’s family dinner and it was her treat. Her family had visited a few times and thought it was a good choice. I had never really paid attention to Big Chef before and frankly I had no idea what it was called. Big Chef is located in the same complex as Cattle Cafe and Deer Garden on Alexandra Road.  They are only open for dinner though and they seem to be very hot pot focused. I was pretty sure we were the only ones not doing hot pot that night.

Big Chef Restaurant

Don’t worry more people came later

Big Chef Restaurant Menu

Big Chef Restaurant Menu Their regular menu seemed on par with other Chinese restaurants and they had some interesting specials like the ostrich meat dish.

IMAG0442First we started with the salted chicken and it was served a bit warmer than usual. There was lots of meat and it was salty indeed.

seafood and fish maw soup Next we had the seafood and fish maw soup, a staple at all my family dinners. The soup was not too thick and had plenty of shrimp and scallop and fish maw so there was a good ratio of seafood to soup.

Sweet and sour pork with orangesNext we had the pork chop with sweet orange sauce. The presentation was nice and this was my favourite dish of the night. Probably because I really like sweet and sour stuff. There was a very evident sweet citrus flavour and the pork was very tender and soft. However, I thought the portion was on the small side.

Oven roasted oysters with port wine

My aunt wanted to try the oven roasted oysters with port wine. They told us to order an extra half order since we had such a large group. I don’t usually eat oysters, in fact I rarely ever do so I’m not sure how they’re suppose to taste. These ones were  a bit crispy on the outside and had a sweet soy sauce flavour. After the first bite I couldn’t tell that I was eating oyster but I did enjoy the flavour and texture despite not being a fan of oysters.

Eggplant and cod hot pot Then we had the eggplant and cod hot pot. Or it might have been halibut but let’s assume cod? There were actually two large pieces of cod buried beneath all the eggplant! The eggplant was tender but not mushy and the fish was flaky and went well with the sauce. For some reason they also had BBQ pork in the hot pot too which I thought was strange since the focus of the dish was on the fish so the BBQ pork seemed out of place.

Lamb and bean curd hot pot We also ordered a lamb hot pot and I did not expect them to bring out such a large pot! This had a lot of bean curd and there were not too many large bones either. I’m not used to having this much sauce though so it made it harder to pick up the lamb without pouring lots of sauce into my bowl every time. The meat was quite tender but still chewy enough though.

Tapioca pudding

Finally for dessert we had tapioca pudding with taro. There wasn’t a lot of tapioca in it so I was disappointed. However there was a lot of taro if you like taro but they could have had more tapioca. It was sweet as usual.

Since I did not order the food this time I didn’t find it to be particularly interesting. The food was not bad but nothing in particular made me want to revisit either. I also felt a bit strange ordering regular dishes instead of doing hot pot. The server actually came over and told us to put in our order quickly before more people came in because they didn’t have a lot of chefs to cook regular dishes but I found it hard to believe they would be that busy anyway. They are open late from 5pm-2am and they also have two rooms with TVs that can be booked. While I was there, there was constant cheering and shouting from one room because the Canucks were on that night.

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