Fresh cream puffs and assortment of baked goods.
I heard of this place in the paper after glowing reviews. I braved the 1hr lineups just for a box. I had to grab cash because they don't accept any other payment type. Like any other novelty food I'd figure it would wear itself out over time.
I don't really like cream puffs to begin with. These weren't bad but definitely not the hype it was. If anything they're freshly made with a milder tasting custard and definitely not what one would expect to find elsewhere. You could probably replicate these at home but they capitalized on a market unknown to these and made good on it. I mostly did like it for it's less dense texture and freshness. Their original flavour was the only thing you could order on the menu for a while and I haven't went back to try their other flavours and other items.
I've walked by many times since and the lineups are all but gone and they've finally expanded their menu. They're expensive and I'd maybe buy them once in a while for that cream puff craving.
Like Krispy Kreme, the novelty seems to have come and gone.
The most delicious cream puffs I've ever had - it was light tasting although each one packs over 300 calories so beware! Not something to indulge on everyday. We also had their chocolate eclairs and Fondant au Chocolate and they were equally as delicious but could also cost you your health. Think about this - it takes 30 minutes at full speed on an elliptical to burn the equivalent of one of these tasty treats!
Service: patient and friendly but it's also a food court so don't expect much.
Value: I think it's fair for what you get - around $2.50 for each treat.
Ambiance: It's a food court - enough said.
Overall, I'm glad I don't live in Richmond as I would be tempted to come here everyday and risk obesity! They're very good but I think I will only indulge in these maybe once or twice a year just because of the fat and calorie content. Bon appetite!
I finally got a chance to see what the hype was about when my bf bought some puffs and the lava cake on a Wednesday afternoon. For what it is (a big puff of cream) its good. I liked how the puff pastry had a thicker bottom so there was a crunch to contrast the creaminess of the uh... cream.
Tried both chocolate and vanilla/regular? fillings. I thought the chocolate was lacking real chocolate flavor, as with most asian bakery items (watered down chocolate?) but the vanilla was YUM! The chocolate covered puff isn't recommended either, unless you have napkins readily available -- it melts quickly.
The lava cake was really really good.
FINAL VERDICT: I wouldn't wait in a long line for it, or drive out of my way for it, but if I passed by, I'd probably stop for a box. =D
The reason the previous reviews vary from poor to great is probably largely due to the time each reviewer bought and tasted the cream puffs.
At their best, these cream puffs are incredible. At their worst, they taste just ordinary, which may cause some to feel that their high price is not justified.
They start making the pastry shells for the cream puffs at 4 am, but the store doesn't open until 11 am. So, if you go there within the first hour or two after they open, you'll be buying cream puffs with pastry shells that are several hours old and which ma have gone soft. To buy freshly made cream puffs, you have to go there in the afternoon, but then you risk having to line up for a long time (sometimes up to 2 hours, I heard). If you go there too late, you risk their having been sold out.
The difference in the overall taste sensation between fresh and not-so-fresh pastry shells is HUG, and this explains why some people think the cream puffs are ordinary while others think they are worth every penny, despite the high price.
Came here for the first time yesterday, and had 1 cream puff to see what the fuss is about. Waited in line almost 10 minutes and it costs $1.75 each if you want less than 6.
It was pretty good, definitely one of the best cream puffs I have eaten. Unfortunetly they were out of all other flavors except the regular flavor, which I found a little odd for a sunday early afternoon.
It is a little pricey and the wait is pretty long, as they come out in batches, but it is worth it once in a while if the wait isn't too long. Would go again without a lineup.
I finally tried BP and I have to say I have mixed feelings. The lineup was horrendous, and so the service was not exactly fantastic. Since it is in a noisy food court, I can't say much for ambience. The actual cream puff was not what I expected. It was tasty shell with a light dusting of powdered sugar and filled with a huge gob of cream. A little overwhelming for me. My favourite flavour is vanilla, but I ended up giving most of the filling to Mrs. C, who seemed to inspire all manner of double entendres (most of which I kept to myself) as I shared the cream pudding with her.
My heart is still pounding from the sugar rush, so be ready.
Recommended if this is your taste.
If someone had asked me months ago if I would line up half an hour for a cream puff, I would have looked at them as if they were crazy. I guess I'm one of those crazys as well! Lining up 20-30 minutes for a heavenly cream puff is exactly what I did.
The much anticipated (for me) Beard Papa's finally came to BC!
Although this location only has one item to offer so far, it is still very highly popular.
I have to admit, the puff part is a tad dry for my liking, but the oh-so-delicious cream filling more than makes up for it!
At $1.50 a pop, it's pretty steep, but it doesn't stop the crowds from ordering dozens!
The staff is very courteous and extremly polite.
We waited 10min. for this thing, which I guess is short. The service was very efficient and friendly, but of course since they fill the puffs fresh, it is not the quickest.
The puff itself, not bad, we liked it, but not super amazing (even though it may be the best we've had ;-), the "cream" (actually apparently a custard/cream mix) was something else though. Really, really good. Light, not too sweet. YUM!
We had some left over 1 day, 2 days and even 3 days after. Still awesome, still probably better than most places.
This is worth at least 1 try. Maybe a bit pricey for regular consumption though!
Walking through Aberdeen mall we noticed the masses of people clasping the Beard Papa boxes.
I love cream puffs; this is an easy to make at home dessert.
Beard Papa's provides a home made type dessert for a reasonable price. These large cream puffs are loaded with fillings and one is very satisfying. I had the chocolate filled cream puff with the chocolate eclair topping on top. It was decadent, freshly prepared with loads of creamy chocolate mousse like filling.
For those who can't distinguish between the taste of these natural ingredient, freshly made cream puffs I think that your palate is used to processed food only perhaps.
We didn't opt for the six pack as their signs even say best eaten when purchased. Also, we didn't want those calories waiting for us in the fridge!
This will definitely become a whenever we are at the Aberdeen mall treat!
ambiance = food court
over hyped cream puffs. they're good but not that good.
puffs = fat, but the sugar level themselves i don't find it too sweet - only tried the vannila though.
over all, i am always disappointed that they're sold out of other flavors.
Don't understand what all the hype was about. The puffs tasted just like any other puffs. Not worth the price they're selling at and not worth lining up that long for them! Service was polite and fast though. And only rated ambiance poor because it's in a food court, so I guess there's not really any ambiance...
I've heard many good things about this place before I visited. On the day that I visited, there was a looooong line-up with people eager to get their hands on some of these giant cream puffs. When we finally got our hands on some, I took a bite and thought "is this what we lined up 15mins for?". Some of the flavours were unique, like mango and such, but they're just cream puffs! They're alright, and I still don't understand why people are so much in love with them.
I think people who lined up for a long time are really curious people. They are so curios that they are willing to suffer to satisfy their curiosity. Plus there is nothing else exciting going on in this town, people are dying for something new.
You can get cream puff at a lot of bakeries and they taste even better than this.
Heard all about the famous, famous Beard Papa cream puffs and decided to give it a try.
Now, when you think cream puff....you think of just that! A light whipped-cream-consistency filling inside of a melt-in-your-mouth puff.
Unfortunately, the cream was more like a custard, and the puff, while soft, had more of a hard consistency...more like an eclair.
At nearly $2 each, they were not cheap, and both my breakfast partner and I felt slightly queasy after ingesting them. Perhaps we ate them too fast. Perhaps they were too big. Perhaps it was the cream. I'll never know, since I'll probably give this place a pass next time I'm at Aberdeen.
I hate hype. I especially dislike food hype. the line ups here are ridiculous, I hate their pompous sign of "only 2 dozen max per person" I tried their original,chocolate and something else. When I took my first bite, I was grossed out by their amount of "cream" filling. It had such a custard texture and taste, very gelantineous, not a traditional milk cream taste. Sure, to some that is "creamy" but I discarded over half of the filling just so it woudln't seem like I was eating cream and no pastry. Ah the pastry.....it wasn't light and flaky, but instead hard and tasteless. Very oily taste.
I give this 2 for food because it is fresh.
The pastries they make are very light and well...very good. Not the best , but still very good. Its hard to describe, they are like cream puffs that an angel made? haha, just go try one, you can't go wrong. The service is very good too for something like this, they are truly japanese trained!
They weigh each puff, and make them fresh...chances are you will get one that came out of the oven less than an hour ago. *thumbs up*
Would I go out of my way for these cream puffs? No. Would I go to Aberdeen Mall and not visit Beard Papa's again? No. We tried one each of the chocolate eclair and plain cream puff. Loved both. Two was more than enough. We were there around 11 am and the cream puffs were very fresh tasting so our experience was not the same as the previous reviewer who commented that one should go in the afternoon, not morning.
We were at the mall early in the morning to visit Daiso, and noticed that there was no line up at Beard Papas. So we bought some Eclairs. They were "ok"... service was fast and friendly (no line up at 11 am weekday).
I agree with the reviewer that said the crust was too hard. Is it supposed to be this way or did my family and I get stale ones? Without sounding snotty, I can honestly say I can make better cream puffs.
If there is no lineup, try one out. But don't wait a half hour for one of these, cause you'll only end up bitter.
First off, I get why people would want to come here. Novelty dessert that tastes better than similar products e.g. Tim Horton's donuts. It's not the worst place you could go... but it's pretty damn far from "decent". Ordered 4 puffs @ $9 (they charge extra for the "special flavors" which is just the regular thing with different icing sugar), which you figure they make a pretty good profit margin on. So what happened next?
1. Ask for a box and was told that would be an extra $0.50. Hm...
2. They also have a pretty limited selection... out of the 6 flavors they advertise, only 3 are offered. Fantastic...
3. Cash only... I gave them a fifty bill. Guess they were mad because they just handed me my overpriced donuts and didn't even say a word.
Now I know why there was no line-up.
I was one of the crazy people that went and lined-up in the very beginning. In the beginning, the Japanese Barker was here training, and he really made sure that the quality of every puff was the same! They even have a little weigh scale the weigh the puff to make sure they have enough cream inside!
Well...... that all changed....... Baker gone...... so did quality control! Now when you buy a puff... it's not quality guaranteed! It sucks! I once got one with barely and filling in it! VERY MAD!
They now have a variety of flavors, strawberry, chocolate, green tea, regular, regular with chocolate layer on the outside, and they have the eclair thing.....kinda like brownies with melted chocolate on the inside. However..... the downside is.... they have different flavors on different days..... so if you don't live in Richmond.... and came just for this... you won't get all the flavors in one day!
Oh!!! So how is it..... personally..... I still like the original the best.....
Ok..... I was reading some reviews made by others...... and a lot of the people that don't like this place talked about the pastry part of it. This cream puff pastry is different from the cream puffs that you make at home. The pastry part consists of 2 different pastries, a pie crust and the puff, that is why the texture is unlike most cream puff. Secondly, the cream, it's a very light cream compared to the thicker cream some puffs have. So when you eat this, don't compare it to the cream puff you know, think of it as a new puff creation...... there are, tons of differnt kinds of puffs! (french, Chinese, Jap, American.....etc.....all kinda differnt)
Ps. Had a Japanese friend try it..... her comment, it taste exactly the same as the ones in Japan! (This was the the Japanese Baker was here)
It's a nice treat to try....very fresh..........just kinda expansive