Goldilocks is a Filipino restaurant and bakery.
It wasn't until today, I finally walk into their location, after years tasting their baked good at office function and various parties.
I love their Polyoron cookies, and have tried assortment of cakes and pasteries.
When I walked into their store, I found it not to be friendly, no method to how your order with a very annoyed staff member behind the counter. I believe she was annoyed long before I arrived, as I heard her growl at the previous customer, and it wasn't that busy. I ordered my favourite cookies, as I walked to the cashier, and she was the only one that was nice with a friendly smile. I've been wanting their cookies for such a long time, that my experience walking in their location, maybe my last visit, and will have to wait for another function.
Lucky for me, I know many, that visit this store, so I can put in a request.
Don't expect much in customer service when you get there.
I've eaten here a few times and to me the food is bland with no flavor. It is always busy though with Filipino customers, so I think the food just isn't to my taste. Perhaps the trick is to go with a Filipino friend and let them order.
Cafeteria style, inexpensive and large portions. They need to have someone clear the tables more often.
Dropped by this place with the family for an afternoon snack. I was surprised how busy it was.
Ordering was a big mess. I believe we have to buy pastry from a counter and food from another. There were so many people crowding in front of the display cooler that ordering is almost impossible.
We chose 3 pastries and all were forgettable. On the food side, we ordered the roast pork and meatballs. Both were awful. On the flip side, the calamansi slushee was amazing. A tad too sweet, but very refreshing. Although it cost 3.50 for a medium-sized cup, we finished 3 of those.
Service: None to speak of.
Ambience: Could have been a lot better. The decor looks ok, but there was a service staff pushing a cart collecting empty plates. Feels like a food court.
I think my family were the only non-filipino in the packed restaurant at that time. This usually means the food is authentic. With my disappointment at Rekado's and this place, I can only conclude Filipino food is not for me.
I have been to Goldilocks many times. The food is mediocre ever since they began to package it in those little black cartons. The kare-kare and adobo and other such dishes are wet, damp, and jellied. Although I do not know of a place to get better pastries and ube cakes, (believe me they are good) the entrees themselves i would stay away from.
At first I was attracted to their desserts. Great price for great treats. This place isn't about show. It's all about nostaglia. Do you miss mom's home cooked food? Then this is the place to go. Until I ate at Goldilocks I had never eaten Philippino food before. Since first eating there I have ventured out to fancier restuarants. I still prefer Goldilocks. It's something about the home cooked look and taste of the food. Even though I'm not Philippino, when I want some home cooked food I go there and get spaghetti with meat balls.
. . .and homesickness of Filipinos in Vancouver, as you can glean from their clientele. For the longest time, Goldilocks was only one of the couple players in town. Hence, they can pretty much charge whatever they like for mediocre food. They've recently renovated the space and the food tasted even worse than before. Microwaved food -- bleck. Personally I've never thought their pastries were that good either, certainly not good enough to pay the price they're asking for. For my Filipino food fix, there are a lot more choices now, so I would stay away from Goldilocks.
The only thing going for Goldilocks are the pastries. I enjoyed eating these delicious treats even if they're a bit expensive. I supposed with very little competition going on, they can expect to charge whatever price they want.
Food fare.... poor. Don't expect too much about the food here. Most of it come in tiny containers that they merely pop into the microwave and serve to you. Every little container add up, by the end of my meal, I had paid almost $20 for a single sitting.
Not worth the price and there are better Fillipino restaurants/cafe out there.
My wife and I happened to be hungry and wanted to pick up a few dessert pastries/ bun. ..
The Service was fine
Ambiance - A sure Pig style type of restaurants. No one picks up dishes off the tables, or they're piled up like a pyramid. Floors are dirty, full of food. Wasn't sure, but What is it about having food on tables and floors? People in there should Just put food in their mouths off the plate.. It's a loud restaurant, too much chitta chatty patrons, no sense when it comes to etiquette.
We saw some nice large buns on the pastry shelves. ordered 9 pieces what was was nice and large. When we arrived home and decided to eat them, What the heck, they packed in the smallest of what we originally saw at the store. By now, we're 10 miles away and would be a waste of time to drive back to complaint.
Look carefully, the shove the bigger stuff on the glass, you should ask for those ones. cuase if your not looking, you get the warped or smallest pastries.. We sure felt ripped off..
Maybe we weren't fillipino as we were out numbered in the restaurant. I'm sure if we were, we'll get the larger items..
Yes folks, this restaurant doesn't seem to understand the whole point of going to a restaurant. If I want to take food from the fridge and reheat it using the microwave then I'd eat home.
Goldilocks have a food cooler proudly on display for everyone to see. Cooked food from a day or two (possibly more) are stored in this cooler. These food are then moved to the second counter to be heated. When you order, the staff takes your order from either counter (warm, cold) and reheats them on the microwave. I thought its some kind of practical joke the first time I witnessed it. But it seems to be a norm at this place.
Other than that, unsanitary drinking area, overpriced and rather unfriendly staff.
Goldilocks was our first exposure to Philipino food. Very interesting... A fast food set up (pre-cooked food) much like at a Food Fair. We tried a variety of dishes and actually were pleasantly surprised by the diverse flavours.
This is a good place for "food tasting" experience.
I think we will do "take out" next time. It is really not set up as a sit-down restaurant.
My husband and I got our wedding cake from Goldilocks....they made it look better then I imagined and it tasted really awesome! I was very impressed. I love all of their food, their treats, POLVORONS (Manila shortbread)!!! The staff are friendly too! I wish there were a Goldilocks closer to my home!
alright, i moved out here from the east coast...new jersey. and where i'm living at in washington, there aren't any filipino food places, much less filipinos. for the longest i've been having the biggest feen for some homestyle filipino food. my girlfriend suggested, "goldilocks" in vancouver. i've heard of the chain and was really excited to go there. so we get there 10 mins before closing (construction at the border tied me up). but why does it close at 7? i don't know! That's way too early. anyways, in a nutshell price for serving sizes don't add up. i'm used to getting a two item meal with rice, for something like 7-8 bucks. my total came out to 12 dollars! a stick of bbq for 3.25 each! that's ridiculous!! and i thought she was just givin me that price because I came in right before they were closing. i mean if they brought some famous filipino chef straight from the philippines...i'd dish that money out easy! but it was probably some filipino who just knows how to cook the dishes. i could've had my aunt do it! so......people, drop in for some of the pastries, have a cup of coffee or something too, but stay away from the hot food. it's just a rip.
I've gone to Goldilocks since I was a little kid. The pastries are good, if you're used to the Filipino style. It does seem that the quality has gone down a bit over the past few years. It is nice to speak with the staff - just remember to fill out those self-order forms to make your trip a lot easier. I have stayed clear of the hot food section of the restaurant - I prefer my parents' style.
The few times I've been to Goldilocks was mostly to pick out a cake. Their cakes are very good and very expensive. The thing is, there are lots of bakeries out there who offer very good and very affordable. So your pick.
The restaurant part is an embarrassment. Not only is it expensive (a very small serving of about 4 fork/spoonfulls costs an average of $5) but the food is microwaved in front of your eyes! How old is that food?
Oh and the service! One of my visits, desperate for Filipino food, I stood there in front of the servers, said "Hi, excuse me" about 3 times and still not get served. It was only after one of the people at the back pointed and told them to stop talking and help the customer. They were busy gossiping, quite loudly may I add, that it just couldn't wait until after a sale is made. What's worse is that while I was being helped, their conversation went on and I felt like a mere annoyance being there.
The only good thing about this place is that it has space enough.