La Forêt is a newly opened café occupying the former space of an old auto repair shop just off of Imperial Street in South Burnaby. La Forêt translates to forest in French so they have many trees, plants, and an indoor garden decorated around the area. They’ve generated quite the buzz from social media platforms Instagram and Facebook for their eye-catching interior featuring a blend of rustic and industrial elements. The vibe here is very relaxed and spacious study space with plenty of outlets to go around for you to stay awhile, if wanted.
Despite the amount of seating the place can potentially fill, parking spots are extremely limited. I came here with the boyfriend last weekend after my dentist appointment nearby to grab a quick bite and luckily we grabbed the last parking spot before the rush. That ‘quick bite’ ended up being a two hour lunch because we loved it so much here! Well, atmosphere more so than the food but I’ll get to it 😛
The system here is pretty straightforward, they ring you up at the till and hand you a buzzer to let you know when your order will be ready for pick up. Since the boyfriend and I arrived at around 11am, they only had breakfast/lunch items available ranging from sandwiches, soups, and salads. I was really looking forward to their desserts as I’ve hard great things about their cakes and pastries. Our order took about ten minutes and considering how quickly seats were getting filled up, it wasn’t too bad of a wait.
What was left of this morning’s rush. A few coffee buns, chinese pastries, and bread loaves available for purchase aside from their permanent food menu.
Americano (12 oz $3/16 oz $3) Boyfriend needed an afternoon pick me up so he went with the Americano. He thought it was pretty decent, but nothing special.
Jasmine Queen Tea ($3.80) As for me, I went with tea since my tummy wasn’t feeling too well that day. La Forêt serves T.W.G. tea, a luxury tea brand which explains the price tag as you’re paying for the quality tea bags here. A bigger tea kettle would have been nice as I only had enough for one cup. My boyfriend had to go up to the front to ask for my hot water towards the end of our meal.
Coffee Bun and Green Tea Madeleine ($2-3) Prices weren’t disclosed properly so I have no idea how much they were but given the total of our bill, it was around the $2-3 range. The exterior of the bun had a delicious, strong coffee topping but the bun fell short of my expectations as it was quite plain resembling almost just a plain chinese wheat bun. As for the madeleine, it was delicate in respect to its soft and moist texture and the matcha flavour was prominent. If you’re the type who prefers a crispier crust, I wouldn’t recommend getting this.
Avocado and Egg ($13) Avocado slices, egg, radish sprouts, radishes, alfalfa, olive oil, salt & pepper, all topped on top of squid ink toast. They had run out of squid ink toast when the order was processed so it was replaced with spinach bread instead. I wish this was addressed from the start as I was really looking forward to trying squid ink so I felt a bit cheated. It was just a throw together sandwich, but the ingredients tasted fresh. Too bad the eggs come boiled here.
Bulgogi ($14) with marinated beef, romaine lettuce, and mozzarella stuffed in a freshly baked baguette. To my surprise, this came in a squind ink baguette! It tasted like regular baguette but with a coarser texture. Squid ink apparently has a number of beneficial effects as it is particularly high in antioxidants, melanin, and iron. The boyfriend thought the beef could have used a bit more marinade as it was quite bland. Overall, he didn’t think it was worth getting given the conservative amount of meat for the price.
Despite the mediocre food, both my boyfriend and I really enjoyed the ambiance here. For future visits, I think we would only come back for drinks and maybe a dessert so share.
6848 Jubilee Avenue