New TW cafe in the competition
Pearl House Restaurant
7152 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby
Yet another Taiwanese cafe has opened recently in Burnaby. It's located next to Pearl Hot Pot. Actually I wouldn't really called it new, because this place use to be a Taiwanese restaurant that actually served dishes instead of combos, but it has undergone renovations that combined the restaurant unit with their bubble tea unit next door, it has officially changed their menu to feature set combo like all Taiwanese cafe. (I guess TW cafes are easier to operate and attracts a bigger crowd).
Enough babbling, let's talk food:
Being that it's a TW place, they must have beef noodle soup, and of course they did. They had either beef brisket, tendon or half and half. I chose the half and half. Also instead of just plain noodles, you can choose vermicelli or rice noodle. I originally ordered the rice noodles, but ended up with the vermicelli. I think it's probably because I spoke English that resulted in this misunderstanding. The soup was good, but a bit oily. The beef was still a little tough, but the tendons were perfect. I didn't like the vermicelli in this, it required a lot of chewing. I would have preferred this with the original noodles or rice noodles. This dish was $7.45.
The next dish we got was the Taiwanese crispy chicken nuggets with rice. Usually the side dishes are in separate containers, but here they put it all on the same plate. I have to say, I am impressed with this dish. The chicken nuggets were crispy but still juicy. It was also very flavorful, especially with the sprinkled flakes. This is something ONLY this place has as far as I know, you can choose to sprinkle your dish with an array of flavors, such as seaweed, curry etc. We asked for the seaweed sprinkle with this dish. The side dishes were average as expected. This dish was priced at $6.95, which I thought was cheap, as most places charge more than that.
And here is the reason why we chose to try this restaurant in the first place, because they serve the oyster pancake. I love the oyster pancake from Corner 23 , ever since I been looking for other places that have this dish. However the taste of this differs from the one at Corner 23. This sauce on this is more salty than sweet, because it has a drizzle of soya sauce on top (the swirly lines). Despite the difference in flavor, I thought the pancake was still good. My bf like this one more, as he thought it is more authentic and tastes better, but I personally prefer the sweeter sauce. This was a little under $6, comparable with Corner 23.
We weren't really hungry that day, so we didn't order any bubbles teas to try. However I've been here before they turned it into a cafe. As I recall their bubble teas were not bad, not overly sweet or watery.
This place also provide extra value combo meals. You can choose a main with a extra cold side dish for only $8.95 or $9.95, depending on what main course you get. If you don't want any extra side dish you can also opt for a bubble tea type drink at either $9.95 or $10.95. And if you are feeling really hungry, you can get all 3 in a combo as well. Personally I think these combo meals are worthwhile, especially if you are hungry.
* Click on menu to enlarge, and see what dishes are offered with the combos.
The decor here is modern and hip, I really liked their bamboo wall and comfortable seat. Service was good, they were attentive and friendly. So my final verdict is that this place is definitely worthwhile to check it out, as their dishes are delicious and their combos are definitely a good deal.