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Empress Bakery & Cafe

662 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5T3K4
Tel: (604) 224-9199
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant


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By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 2, 2009 - 2:57am [Dine in]

I was in the area and needed a quick bite. It's outside appearance left me suspicious before since I couldn't usually tell if it was a sinister place. I drive by there often - the door is usually open yet I don't see any foot traffic.

I didn't look back and went in to the terribly lit, somewhat run down space. One lone younger staff on hand as I took my time to decide. They have various baked goods that seem to be all over the place, from loaves of bread on the racks to turnovers to butter biscuits and croissants to cookies. Instead, I ordered a Vietnamese sub. For $2.75 I thought I couldn't go wrong but one look and I knew it was going to be different. Bread was crusty, but tasted day old. The cold cuts were bland in parts and extra salty elsewhere while the vegetables lacked a crisp, fresh crunch to them. They have the basic drinks to go with your baked goods.

Strictly a take out place, mostly catering to the local folks. Service is best described as indifferent but she looked helpful if you posed a question.

I should've picked up a few other items to get a better idea of their wares, but first impressions are lukewarm.

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