Coffee Bun Bakery and Cafe
147 Chadwick Court, North Vancouver (Map)
I haven't visited North Vancouver once since the summer has passed. Anyways this day we were entertaining a visitor, and thought that Longsdale Quay would be the perfect place for her to experience the local market. As we were heading to the market from the sea bus terminal, I noticed a new coffee shop that had a picture of this delicious looking bun, so I suggested to try it out.
Coffee Bun is a very cute coffee shop that mainly focus on a pastry called coffee bun. At first I thought it was the same type as Bonchaz, but the owner told us that these are from Korea (where as Bonchaz is a Mexican pastry), and of course the owners were also Korean.
Their shop was very cute and bright, I especially loved this corner. The decal art with the stick on bun was a nice touch. I think this would be the perfect place to enjoy a nice afternoon in the sunshine (that is if we get some sunshine XD).Now on to the main attraction: the coffee bun. They had quite a few flavor, some savory and some sweet. Since I was in the mood for dessert, we went with 2 sweet buns: Chocolate and Custard.
Since they are very similar to Bonchaz, so I have to do a little comparison. These buns have a crunchier exterior, and a much much stronger coffee taste. The interior was soft and warm, much like Bonchaz, but it is not as airy. The chocolate filling was smooth and sweet. The custard was rich and thick. Although these buns do taste good, but they were a bit oily to the touch.
On a side note, I have a little story to share. We bought 2 buns, I was holding one and C was holding one. As we were eating and walking towards the market, a sudden gust of wind came and C's bun was gone. The next thing we saw was nearby sea gulls fighting over the bun. It's crazy, none was us saw the bird, nor felt anything (except the wind). So, let this be a warning to anyone who is planning get it to-go, just beware of the sea gull 'robbers'.
So was this better than Bonchaz's bun? Well I would say it's pretty close, but I still like Bonchaz slightly better, plus it's cheaper too. However the ambiance here was much better. This would be the perfect place for anyone who need a nice coffee shop to study or read or chat quietly with a friend :).