If you’re looking to be surrounded by socialites, sip on perfectly chilled Perrier-Jouet, and fist pump until dawn, Kensington will do nothing but disappoint. As one of the most suburban areas of Vancouver, young families, parks, and community centres make it hardly a place to ‘see and be seen’. But what it lacks in nightlife it makes up for with scenic views and $5 food finds, as Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow discovered while sauntering through the sprawling retail strips along Fraser and Victoria. So here’s what our blue bills got us:
Merienda Bake Shop (pictured above)
Want options? You got ‘em. A small bakery tucked away on Fraser, chow on empanadas filled with chicken, pork, beef or veggies for just a buck a piece. There are also cheese rolls, pan del sal, or pan de coco for $1.50. The list of freshly baked goods really does go on and on. Good thing the price doesn’t, as most are under $3.
Besides these soups for $4.95, there are also appetizers like barbecued ribs, mandarin egg rolls, green onion pancakes and white radish cakes for $3.95 or less.
We feel nothing but Golden Joy for this place. The ‘special meal’ for $4.99 means you get double the protein portion served over rice. There’s also BBQ pork for $3.50, BBQ chicken for $3.75, and vegetarian spring rolls for under three bucks.
With fresh and flakey pies stuffed with tuna, spinach or chicken, sample two flavours for an even $5 meal. We also advise not to pass on the sizable sausage rolls (ya, we said it), also $2.50.
We’re not sure if someone just ran out of letters or simply found something better to do, but when you’re serving 17 appetizers all day for $2.75, we’re definitely not going to be picky. And as luck may have it, more than half of those are deep-fried. If you need a break from the grease, opt for the steamed buns with condensed milk or the six pieces of gyoza (pan fried or steamed) for $4.95.
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