Monday, March 22, 2010

Michi - great place for relaxing!


Michi Waffle and Espresso Bar

1319 Robson Street, Vancouver

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Food: 4
Service: 4

Price: Fair

Have you ever wonder the difference between North America waffles and Belgium waffles? Well, according to Wikipedia, the key difference is the leavening agent. North America waffle uses baking powder, where as Belgium waffle uses yeast. Although many restaurant serves waffles, but it is rarely Belgium waffles. The few places that serve Belgium waffles that I am aware of are Cafe Medina, Damien's Belgian Waffles and Patisserie Lebeau, but now I can add one more to that list.
Michi just opened over a week ago. The shop is clean and spacious with soft music playing in the background. We noticed that they uses these nice heavy silverware, by a designer named Robert Welch. The waitress noticed I was taking pictures and came over to chat for a bit. She told me the owner's vision is to create a relaxing environment with an European feel. I told her if that was the vision, then the owner has accomplished it, because it did indeed felt like the kind of cafe, where you would want to sit down to enjoy your coffee vs. take it to go.
R ordered a double shot espresso for $3.00. However neither R nor I can really judge, because we can't really distinguish between good and bad espresso. But I guess they shouldn't be horrible, since their name is called Michi Waffle and Espresso Bar.
I loved my Peach Nectar tea ($3.90/pot). It had a light peach fragrance with rooibos tea taste. I find a lot of fruit tea would have that acidic after taste, but this one had none. Therefore I could have drink this without adding any honey. I still ended up adding a bit of honey, and it was delicious.
Now, on to the waffles. We chose to try one green tea and one chocolate. The waffles are individually $3.50? each. We opt for their 2 waffle combo deal ($9) which comes with vanilla ice cream, fruit sauce, banana and whip cream. The waffles were crispy on the outside, but the inside was a bit bread like. The green tea waffle only had a hint of matcha flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. The chocolate waffle was barely sweet, as I think they used dark chocolate for it. I really enjoyed their ice cream, it was soft and light with real vanilla flecks in it. The blueberry sauce was also very good, it was fresh and not overly sweet. The whip cream didn't taste rich, it tasted more like compressed 10% cream, which to me is a good thing, because that mean it's less fattening. :)

The great thing about this place is its location. It's a perfect place to go and relax your feet after walking around downtown, and at the same time enjoying some good waffles and drinks. Also they are having a soft opening special, 20% off all menu items from now till end of this month, so now would be the perfect time to go and check it out.


KimHo March 23, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I have been walking past this place for several days already and was debating if I should drop by, specially because of their 20% soft-opening discount. Now, since I am not necessarily a coffee connoseiur either and you have visited it already, I can now put it on hold, hehehehe.

Jenny March 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Well, if you want to make good use of the 20% discount, you still have a week left :)

KimHo March 24, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Not a coffee person nor a sweets person (Look at Mijune...), so absolutely not in a hurry.

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