Bakery · Restaurants · Vietnamese

The Bake Chef Co

I visited the U of C recently to see my optometrist. It’s weird to go back to my old university. I forgot how slowly students walk, unhurried and without any gumption. For this post, let’s listen to something that puts more pep into my step.

When I studied and worked at the U, I would frequent Noodle and Grill Express, Opa and The Bake Chef. The Bake Chef was my go to spot for hot dog buns and Vietnamese subs. For around $5.00 I would get a vegetarian sub that was way tastier than Subway. I remembered how light and crusty the bread was, slathered with butter and other sauces, heavy with carrots, cucumbers and shredded lettuce. I had a hankering for a sub so I stopped by after my appointment.

The selection of subs have expanded. Before you could choose between sate beef, sate chicken, and vegetarian subs. Now you can get tuna, pizza, traditional cold cut combo and some other types too. I ordered the cold cut combo. The price was $7+.

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I thought the sub was doughy and yeasty. The vegetables were tired and sparse. There was only one layer of meat. My cold cut combo lacked the flavour explosion I get at my new go to sub spots – Trung Nguyen and Thi Thi – in Chinatown. Trung Nguyen and Thi Thi charge $5.50 for their assorted sub.

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I posted my disappointment on my Instagram account. As you can see, several people defended Bake Chef. Lol – I love the love that the Bake Chef gets from its fans. Based on the comments, I must have gone on an off day. That or perhaps my taste buds have changed over time. I’ll  suspend judgement until I get another chance to try it again.

The Bake Chef Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chain Restaurants · Cheap Eats · Fast Food · Japanese

TD Food Court – Koya Japan

I’m not one for food courts. However, I was conducting an investigation during my lunch hour. I was on a mission to find my left snow boot that I lost the previous night. I emailed Calgary Transit to see if anyone found my boot. I also went back  to Hy’s Steakhouse, the last place I saw both my boots.

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I’m sad to say the hostess didn’t find anything in the lost and found room. Dejected, I was too tired to walk to Chinatown for a bowl of noodles. Also, without my warm winter boots, I didn’t want to walk anywhere in the freezing cold. I remembered reading Miso_Hangry’s post on Zomato about the beef brisket at Koya Japan, which was upstairs in the food court.

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I ordered the Beef Brisket Noodle Soup ($8.39). The cashier asked if I wanted it spicy. I said yes, so she added an additional 50 cents to my bill. I told her I changed my mind and I didn’t want my soup spicy. I have to save where I can to buy my new winter boots! She didn’t even blink an eye and removed the additional charge. I bet she is use to serving cheapies like me at the mall. Note cilantro haters, that you have to request NO cilantro. Even though I asked for no cilantro, I still got a couple of pieces.

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You know what? For $8.81 (with GST), the beef brisket noodle soup was pretty good. My plastic bowl was filled with a generous heaping of slippery noodles and sprouts. The broth was piping hot, though a little too salty. The brisket was tasty and I liked the addition of daikon, carrots, and onions.

Koya Japan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato