Fresh cream puffs and assortment of baked goods.
I'm a huge dessert fans but I can be very picky. I don't like desserts that are similar to mouse/pudding. I found Beard Papa's cream puffs very different, even though the fillings reminds me of soft pudding. I tried the Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate flavour. My favorite is Strawberry. Least favorite is Chocolate. Looking forward to try Green Tea. I would definitely go back to the line up for the Strawberry flavour one. Even my boyfriend, who's anti-dessert, likes it.
I went here on opening day and waited 30 minutes for my dozen. WOW! never had a cream puff quite like this!! Despite the long wait, this is definitely worth trying. Crisp flaky outer shell, creamy filling. a mouthful of ooouy goodness. Can't wait to try the new flavours and other products.
With 2 hours line-ups on the weekend, and an enthusiastic review by my facialist yesterday , my curiosity got the better of me, and I headed down the street to taste what some individuals claim to be the best cream puffs in the world. I took my first bite, and my first thoughts were "that's it?, it's dry", "cream was okay". I put back my partially eaten puff into the box, and then threw the box into my freezer.
On a good note: The service was faster than I expected b/c the cream puffs were sitting on a pan, waiting to be sold.
The service people were very friendly.
Cost: 1 dozen is 19.00, half a dozen is 9.50
Just, Wow. I think this place alone is responsible for me getting so fat. They put a big sign up stating 'Only 274 Calories!' as if that is suppose to healthy? Regardless, they are still wonderful! Oh so soft and fluffy!
It's too bad the line-ups are so long. I'm not a very patient man to stand there for hours or I would be there everyday (I think that's a good thing)
If you compare them to the other popular food joint that has the super snobby girl (Deep fried Wings & Tofu) in the food court at Aberdeen their service is awesome. Cute and friendly japanese girls making the puffs before your very eyes and always smiling.
Ambiance - It's a stall in a food court to sum it up.
Do yourself a favour and try it.
I prefer Costco frozen cream puffs to these!
They are grossly overpriced and when i was there the counter staff barely spoke to me - they nattered away in Chinese, only stopping to take my money and hand over the puff. I would not go back unless I were starving and this was the only thing available..
I love Beard Papa's Cream puffs. I had them in Japan and it is amazing. My friends from Vancouver Island wants to go there every time they come out here. I cannot believe some people don't appreciate this. On one hand, I wish I could live closer to get to it more often but on the other hand, I am far away enough that I won't be eating this every day. I gave rating 3 for ambiance because it is just a small palce in the food court. Even in Japan where the bakery originated, it is just a tiny place.
I pass through this mall all the time and have never seen any lineup for this, whether it is a few minutes long or hours like some have suggested. Comments like this only fuel an unnecessary feeding frenzy. Perhaps there is more demand for the freshly made goods, but the same could be said for any run of the mill bakery, donut shop etc. Even Tim Hortons donuts taste great when they are warm and fresh, but everyone knows they are just previously frozen balls of dough. Beard Papa's product is decent, but not overly spectacular and I wouldn't lose any sleep if I couldn't get any. Remember when people used to lineup overnight to buy Krispy Creme donuts? Need I say more... LOL
i heard that there is always a lineup there. i tried their PUFF. it is just soso. so i wonder why there is always lineup. finally, i got the secret. i heard the owner is the owner of the whole mall (most stores there r owned by him) he asked his staffs to lineup buying puff to create a illusion that it is so famous. n u know when u see there is long line up, u must feel that it is good. just like u rather go in a full packed restaurant than go in the empty one. this guy is SMART!
I tired a few um.. two weeks ago... delicious.. considering i wasn't expecting much. NOrmally when you see world's best.. you already know its not going to happen.
I like how they pump it fresh for you.. =) ti was light and fluffy =) i wish the pastry was still warm.. and the cream was cold.. it would be so YUMMY !!!
I tried one cheesecake stick which cost $2.l0 Canadian and one chocolate fondant which cost $2.50 Canadian, both were made before hand. I was eager to try the cheesecake stick first but when I took it out of the paper bag it split in half! Not sure if I was clumsy or that it had been on the counter for some time. Anyway it tasted OK, just as I had witten in the title. The fondant, well it's OK as well. So it's OK all round. Bottom line is if you like Japanese style desserts then go for it but otherwise it's nothing to write home about.
I read about this place in the paper, and I have to think, why was it even in the paper? These cream puffs are nothing special! The frozen ones that are sold at safeway are just as good... that's all I have to say!
Don't waste your time coming out to this place, I really can't understand why the asians are so in love with this place? Definetaly not my style!
The cream puffs were really cool. Tasted really fresh and the filling were flavourful. I tried the original and green tea. It is really interesting. The funny thing was the puffs were premade so when the customers decide which flavour they want, they would squeeze the filling from a big pot and into the puffs, and they would actually weight it on the scale. Every single one.... pretty weird....
well this is a really nice place to try really creamy puff. they have a variety of flaovrs incuding original vanilla, green tea, chocolate, and coffee flavored cream puff. I have tried this place couple times and can only tell myself to eat one only. why? because if I have a second one I might as well puke. 1 puff is good enough and above 2 is really sickening me and my appetite. and they usually sold out flaovrs like green tea and chocolate really quickly in one day. when i go there for a puff they always have original vanilla floavor puff left.
We've all heard about the delicious and healthy Japanese snack invasion that's come to our Canadian coast. We've all heard of hour long lineups at this famous cream puff stand in Aberdeen Centre. So of course, I didn't resist when a friend offered one to me when he had brought some back from the store. They were okay, i didn't think they were that different from the cream puffs you buy from Safeway, just bigger. Then another friend insisted I go and try it in person, since "its only good when its fresh"! So, as I passed by the shop, I remembered to try one. Again it was nothing spectacular, but it was a little bit better, fresh. It gets worse.
Some people seem to be under the misconception that these jolly creme puffs are low-fat or even fat free. That can't be more wrong! Here is a link to the nutritional values of from the official website itself.
I don't know how this myth came about but a typical vanilla custard cream puff has 13g of fat, 6g of saturated (unhealthy) fat, and 220 calories. That is from ONE puff!
To give you a reference, a McDonalds cheeseburger contains 12g of fat, 6g of saturated fat, and 300 calories. So every puff you inhale is essentially like eating a McDonalds cheeseburger. And you usually don't buy those in half dozens now do you?
I'm not usually out to give bad reviews, as I believe credit should be given where credit is due. But in this case, I think things should be set straight, and misconceptions corrected. People have a way of congregating, especially in the case of line-ups. If it's popular it's gotta be good right? Yeah right.
I was at the mall and I found out that there was no line up at Beard Papa's. YAY!! When I was slowly entering into the dividers, I saw one of employees uncovering and chopping a gigantic Callebuat dark chocolate bar. The really stuff!! So I immediately bought a piece of Foundan au Chocolat and it was really really good. It was oozy and gooey chocolaty inside. But I have to say that the filling could be too much to scare off non-chocolate lovers. I heard it is best served warm; although I didn’t bother reheating.
I would defiantly return for more of these sinful cakes!!
I am not a big fan of cream puffs, regardless of its make. However, I happened to be in the mall early in the morning for a doctor's appointment one day, and saw that the lava cake was available. For those of you that do not know, usually, all items other than the regular cream puff has a "SOLD OUT" sign on it. So I thought I wouldn't waste the chance to try the lava cake out. It was superb! The portion was just right, and it wasn't too sweet. When I finished the cake, it was just enough to satisfy my chocolate crave.
I only lined up for 5 minutes. I would not have lined up if it was more than a 15 minute wait.
I had my first Beard Papa's in San Francisco a few years ago. I have been in love ever since. I was excited to learn they were opening one in Canada. Line ups are long and well worth the wait. At this location they are often sold out of the various flavours. The chocolate and stawberry are my favourite when they do have them available. They are what I consider regular japanese pastries. Not too sweet and made with quality and care. It's hard to eat just one. :)
Was at Aberdeen Mall on Sunday around lunch time for dim sum with my friends. The line up at the dim sum restaurant was long so I remembered that Beard Papa's was in the mall.
Went to the food court to check it out and was surprised to see no line up. Bought 1/2 a dozen vanilla flavoured cream puffs to bring home to the family.
Personally I loved the flavour and texture of the cream puffs here. I found the choux pastry to be light and crispy. The creme anglaise was rich, creamy and not too sweet. Maybe I wouldn't have been as impressed if I had to line up for long time to get one.
The only drawback: at $1.50 a pop they sure are making a lot of $$.
I've made cream puffs before...and so can you! It's simply choux pastry, which contains only butter, water, flour, and eggs. And how expensive is it to get those? The filling is whipped cream flavoured with vanilla, ingredients you can obtain easily as well. For the price they charge for a dozen, it's a complete rip off. You could buy enough of those ingredients to make dozenS more yourself AND customize them (I add chocolate as a finishing touch). It's not hard to make either. You need one pot, a wooden spoon, and a good non-stick pan.
If you're just really lazy, by all means, indulge in some from here. Hope you can withstand the lineup though.
My ratings explained:
Food - it's decent only because you buy it FRESH. That retains the lightness of the pastry (made ahead of time, it will absorb the filling and become soggy). Not too eggy, which is a good sign. Cream is just...vanilla whipped cream.
Service - long lineup, but their factory-line system seems to work as humanly possible.
Ambiance - shouldn't really apply...this is in a food court.
Why all the fuss? Why are people lining up for these very ordinary cream puffs that are too expensive for the little bit of sugar and fat that they provide? The only thing Beard Papa's is good at is marketing. Give your head a shake folks, find a recipe on the internet and make your own. There are many truely great bakeries in the lower mainland that could use your business if you are unable to take 30 minutes to make such a simple treat.