I do need to preface this with the fact that I’m not really a soft serve fan. However, when Vicky found out that I was going to Vancouver for the #MascaWedding, she basically forced me to go to Soft Peaks (all the way from London, yes, Vicky is that powerful). Apparently she’s some sort of soft serve aficionado, and she really wanted to know how it was. In reality, after drinking a ton of sake and eating massive amounts of delicious Japanese food, I was slightly drunk and because of my major FOMO, I thought I should give it a go. Plus I had to take one for the Boozy Bunch team and give this organic soft serve a go. For this venture we were joined by ex-Londoner Teresa as she was also in Vancouver for the wedding, and she was on the hunt for the local foodie treasures.
It’s a cute, small venue with very friendly staff who were eager to help us figure out what sort of ice cream we wanted. Like standard soft serve, you could get milk flavor, chocolate flavor or a twist of both. Both Teresa and I went for the twist, while my partner opted for the milk only. Teresa decided on Green Forest which is matcha tea powder with red beans and condensed milk, but swapped out both the red beans and milk for other items. One of which was tam tams I believe. My partner and I both had the Sunrise in California which is a sweet and sour Yuzu marmalade. But we added corn flakes. Because Vicky tells me that soft serve is required to have corn flakes. I’d never heard it before, but I don’t want to get on Vicky’s bad side, so I made sure to follow her orders. We tried to order larges, but the server wasn’t really listening, and she ended up charging us for smalls as the bill was only around $12-13.
So how was it? It was really delicious. Like REALLY delicious. I never knew soft serve could taste so good. I’m usually unimpressed with it, but they managed to make the flavor of the ice cream be ridiculously fantastic and the toppings were great too. I mean they were so great that we decided we needed some more (I mean I guess it’s lucky we only had smalls?) so my partner and I decided we needed to try the Ice Milk Bars because they looked so amazing as well. I got the matcha and red bean (because it’s one of my favorites) and he got the mango.
The milk bars were also good, but not as good as the soft serve, so if you’re going, I’d recommend just getting soft serve. But I’m glad we tried them. We also decided I needed some weirdly Canadian photos afterwards at a nearby tat shop.
I do want to warn you though, when we got back to the UK, it seems both my partner and I were somewhat overcharged for our orders. The charge on my credit card bill was $12.00 Canadian. The milk bars are $4.00 each. I’m sure I left a tip, but even with tax, I can’t imagine that the total was 50% between tax and tip. So while I enjoyed it, I don’t really enjoy the fact that they felt the need to help themselves to money at our expense. So just be aware of this before you go, maybe pay with cash? EDIT: I’ve been informed it was a problem with the credit card company and a lot of people were overcharged that day. The company told the owner and they are in process of refunding money to people.
25 Alexander St. (next to Portside Pub)