Happy Tree House BBQ

My friend wanted to try out Happy Tree House BBQ for our next gathering and I’m down to try new places! I haven’t heard much about Happy Tree House BBQ so I didn’t have any expectations but my friend said that she noticed it was always busy in here when she went to Koto Izakaya which is located in the same plaza. Happy Tree House BBQ specializes in meat skewers.

Happy Tree House BBQ

We had 5 people which was good because there is a min. order of 5 for some of the skewers. Above we have the Chicken Knees and the Pork skewers. The seasoning they used was really tasty and not too salty. The meat was nicely grilled and tender. The skewers are brought to the table as they are ready. Read more

Bubble Waffle Cafe-Royal Centre

After my visit to Bubble Waffle Cafe Kerrisdale, my friend wanted to meet up for lunch and go to Bubble Waffle Cafe at Royal Centre. This seems to be one of their newer locations. I was looking forward to more noodle soup after my experience at their Kerrisdale location.

Bubble Waffle Cafe Royal Centre

The cafe stall is located on the lower level of Royal Centre where the food court is. Compared to the location in Kerrisdale and Aberdeen, there are less options for the toppings here.

Bubble Waffle Cafe-Royal Center

They come in “sets” of different proteins (e.g. fish, beef, pork etc.) and you just pick one of the sets with your choice of soup base. This probably makes it easier for them to prepare the food and maybe it helps people decide faster. Read more

Bubble Waffle Cafe-Kerrisdale

Disclaimer: The noodle soup combo (noodle soup + 1 drink + bubble waffle) and takoyaki were complimentary and we paid for the chicken rice. Opinions are my own as usual.

I was invited to try Bubble Waffle Cafe when they messaged me on Instagram. Of course I was more than happy to go! Who doesn’t like bubble waffle?! Also I’ve never actually tried them before even though they have been expanding rapidly last year. The line ups are just too long and if you’ve been reading my blog, then you’ll know I hate line ups.

Bubble Waffle Cafe Kerrisdale

Their Kerrisdale location is their flagship store. It’s just a few stores down from Orange Corner. You won’t miss it with those giant sail flags! There’s even a small patio area outside which would be nice in the summer although it’s not covered so it would probably get kinda hot. Read more

Firebird Cafe

Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own

Thanks to ChineseBites, I had the opportunity to visit Firebird Cafe with fellow blogger Sophia (Everyday Is a Food Day) and our respective +1’s. If you can recall, it is in the same location that Deer Garden used to be in Continental Centre. Firebird Cafe also happens to be serving the same kind of food as Deer Garden i.e. noodle soup and HK style cafe food. The interior looks the same as Deer Garden too. You can basically pretend it’s Deer Garden but with a different name.

Firebird Cafe
Noodle soup ordering sheet

The ordering sheet looked fairly similar to what you would find at Deer Garden.

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I must say that I’m not a huge fan of noodles in soup usually. But that’s what they’re famous for here and also it seems to be the cheapest entree anyway xD plus you get to customize your own soup so why not? So we arrived around 11:30am on a nice Saturday morning for an unexpected lunch and we got a table right away. I remember the first time I came here I had to wait at least half an hour .____. It’s just that popular! It’s right above Cattle Cafe on Alexandra Rd. and the food is similar too because apparently one of the people who opened Cattle Cafe opened Deer Garden??? They also have another location in Continental Square. Anyway, on to the food!

This was a Malay Laksa soup base I think… I can’t remember now but it was one of the spicy ones! I got beef balls and fish tofu cubes with it as my toppings since you’re allowed a choice of 2 and if you want more you can pay extra. The soup comes with veggies like green onions and cabbage and bean curd already and if you don’t like any of that there’s a box you can tick to have them omit it from your order! I thought that was nice for the picky eaters *cough cough*. I liked that it had bean curd! It seemed kinda abnormal for noodle soups but it tasted good. The soup was just spicy enough for me and there were a LOT of noodles! This is probably good for two meals for me! Well just me I guess…

If you add a $1 more for cold drinks, you’ll get a take out cup! I thought that was a great idea since if you can’t finish it you can always take it to go unlike at other HK style cafes. Although I guess you could always ask them for a take out cup but I’ve never really bothered. This is cold milk tea and a cold lemon ribena. It was just 7-up with raspberry syrup and lemons and it tasted ok there wasn’t much raspberry flavouring though. And it was $2 more since it was a special drink.

Dum dum dum! Beef tongue!!! I really don’t recall ordering this EVER in my life but my friend suggested it and I don’t mind trying new things anyway. Let’s get straight to the verdict: IT WAS GOOD. :O I think it was because they flavoured it with lots of salt and pepper. I’m not a beef tongue expert or any tongue expert … but it had an interesting texture and it was soft enough but mostly I liked the salt and pepper! I think this was $4-5. I can’t really say that I would like to try more strange animal body parts though. I thought chicken knees were exotic but hey, I’m Chinese and we’re known to eat all the body parts so maybe that will be me someday. @___@

So this place was pretty good even for someone who is impartial to noodle soups and beef tongues! And if you don’t feel like customized noodle soups, they do have plenty of other menu items! =)

~Chubbybunny077

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