I have been here a few times. I think this place deserves a shout out.
Food: It's average. Nothing stands out. You won't crave for their dishes because they are just so so. Waffles are good enough, I think.
Service: It's all right. Service is a little bit slow but they are not impolite or anything.
Value: It's OK. Really. You come here more for a comfy place to sit down and chat with your friends while you can get a drink and some bites that taste all right. If you want variety of dishes, you would go to other places that might not be good for having a private conversation.
Ambiance: The ambiance is the best part of this place. It is comfortable and cozy.
From outside, it looks hideous. I understand they want that rustic look. But seriously, the front looks really tacky. It scares customers away. It looks like two windows in a glass window. The owner needs to change it. That ugly storefront doesn't do their business any good. Even just a plain normal front door is better than that wacky thing. If it's not my friend recommending me to go there, I would never have stepped inside the store just by looking at the storefront.
Once you walk in, it's like a rustic tea room or farm house with dim light. It's actually not bad inside. It's kind of cozy. Seating is great and spacious. It's like a booth. So you can have full privacy. The seating arrangement is not cramped so people probably can't hear your conversation unless you are loud. The place is quiet and peaceful when it's not during peak hours.
It's located in a square that looks kind of worn out. However, if you can get over the worn out square and tacky storefront, once you walk inside the cafe, you will feel quite cozy.
The reason why I like this place and want to see them do well is because it's hard to find a comfortable place to sit down in Vancouver these days. Many restaurants go cheap on seating. They rent a tiny space and put way too many tables in there. It's cramped and miserable, customers have no privacy. You get claustrophobia and cant' even relax. It defeats the purpose of dining out. I have even seen corporate stores doing that, one Starbucks on West 4th is unbelievable small. Customers are basically on top of each other. What a shame. And Pearl Castle is also a horrible place to have a conversation. A few times I went there, I was forced to listen to other customers' lame conversation. It made me want to stab myself with a fork.
I am glad someone still has some decency to let you sit in a decent space. I think Leisure Tea and Coffee definitely deserves some credits.
A group of us came here to go over event plans. Like many Richmond drink/dessert places there's importance given to decor; this one went with a more traditional look with dark woods and bench booth style seating.
I passed on the food while the others at our table ordered their well known and well received waffles under ice cream and some deep fried items with thumbs up all around. My usual measure of lychee slush was a tad too sweet for me, with no accompanying lychee chunks but overall it was average. Given the quality I thought many of the drinks seemed on the expensive side but the food prices looked ok.
Service was the usual native language in these parts but our young server was english fluent.
I think I'll try the waffles if I make my way back here..
Food: known for its waffles, this place is run by aunties who are middle-aged and thus make much better food comparatively to most of the other Richmond places. also recommend the icy slushes. a taiwanese place, their drinks are also slightly different, but not in a bad way.
Service: if a little sparse sometimes when the place is full, certainly enthusiastic and polite.
A lot of places come & go. Leisure has not & there's a reason.
I've been here a zillion times & I've never been disappointed. Even if I have, I have forgotten about it because of how great the food & service is every other time. The ambiance is better than other bbtea places because you still feel like you're in your own little world no matter where you are seated. You don't feel like the whole room has access to you. It is often bustling & you have to wait on weekend nights, but it's worth it. The chairs are a bit sunken but they feel cozy to me.
The food is unique first of all. no one else in Vancouver has taro pearls. No one else serves hot desserts that taste as good as Leisure. Many have closed down because they cannot compete. I love getting Winter melon soup with whatever I want to put in it. It is not too sweet. Their shaved ice is the best in Vancouver as well. They don't skimp on the condensed milk or any of the other ingredients. Usually, when I have shaved ice from other places, I'm left with a whole lot of white ice. But not at Leisure, it's still got colour & ingredients. Who cares how much it costs? It tastes awesome! Their fried chicken is also really good. Sometimes I get it with fish tempura & but I don't usually enjoy having the tofu. They could make their fried tofu more fluffy & crispy fresh. I have never even had their waffles but if people rave about that, it must be great.
Service can be slow on busy nights, but they are always courteous because their staff is older. But this also makes them more professional & more caring. They don't often forget what you asked for & they come promptly when you want to order. Seriously, the service is really good & if you don't like it the first time, you should in fact come more often. I'd love to find a better Chinese dessert cafe in Vancouver that's open as often as they are.
I always like going to Leisure. The ambiance is my favourite part. When it's not crowded it's very quiet and comfortable. The decor is interesting.. if you take a look around it's very antique-y.
I love their waffles. They are really yummy. The ice-cream waffle and the tuna waffles are my favourite! They also have really yummy club house sandwiches.
The only iffy thing is the service. They're not rude but not exactly delightful either.
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