I first heard of Pinkberry from my coworker AM, whose family is borderline addicted to its frozen yogurt. Then, Mr. told me about its catchy jingle that goes like “pin~kbe~rry~Pinkberry~”. All signs are telling me that my visit to one of its locations is way overdue.
So, finally, a shopping trip at Metrotown calls for a froyo stop at Pinkberry. A pretty good location, since it’s right by the food court, near The Bay, which means all the hungry crowd would walk right by it for some frozen treats.
The idea of Pinkberry is simple: frozen yogurt, and variations of frozen yogurt. Its focused menu tells you that this is what they’re best at, and they don’t need other items to fill the menu. All you have to do is pick a size, then your base yogurt, and lastly fill the cup with your choice of toppings. What’s different here is that they do not charge you by the number of toppings. One flat fee, and you can choose however many kinds of topping as long as they all fit around the yogurt. I like this way of pricing!
Currently at this location they have 6 flavours of frozen yogurt: Original, Peach, Mango, Green Tea, Chocolate and Salted Caramel, with Peach being the latest addition. Since we stopped by just before dinner time, Mr. and I only ordered a small cup (5oz) plus toppings to share.
Since we’ve never been to Pinkberry before, it took us sometime to figure out what we wanted, while one of its staff was walking us through the whole process and offering us samples of the frozen yogurt. She also gave us two tips.
- You can order two flavours for the same cup, a “side-by-side” order. You will just get less of each flavour.
- You can order swirl of two flavours that run on the same machine.
Initially, we were going to pick salted caramel and chocolate side-by-side. Then we realized we could do chocolate & salted caramel in swirl, so yes, we went crazy, we ordered a side-by-side of Mango & Chocolate-Salted-Caramel Swirl! Phew that was a mouthful to order.
Topping wise, it was another hard decision to make since they offer more than 30 different kinds of toppings, including diced fresh fruit, dry/crunchy/crispy toppings, and liquid toppings such as honey and caramel sauce. We randomly selected a few that we thought made sense with the flavours: Strawberries, Watermelons, Dark Chocolate Crisps, Swirl Pearls, Cap’n Crunch and Cookies n’ Cream.
Verdict? It was very good. The frozen yogurt, even though it’s flavoured, actually tasted like yogurt. Some places do offer frozen yogurt that tastes more like soft serve ice cream than froyo, too creamy and too sweet, masking the sourness that you should find in yogurts. The mango froyo is a bit tangy, refreshing, and reminded me of mango sorbet. The salted caramel froyo is basically caramel froyo with a touch of salt, but the addition of salt made it taste this much better. Chocolate was decadent, but not too heavy.
All the toppings we picked worked pretty well. The Swirl Pearls were interesting because they taste like giant fish roes, but sweet and filled with fruit-juice like liquid. Dark Chocolate Crisps also stood out because it’s chocolaty and it has a nice crunch to it. Fresh Fruit should also be a must on your list of toppings!
We were first taken aback when the staff offered us samples of the frozen yogurt. But then we found it helpful to get to try the froyo before placing the order. We know exactly what we wanted and there was no surprise there. By the way, the size of samples is pretty generous!
At the actual store, there were only 3 tables for seating, which in my opinion wasn’t enough. However, Pinkberry is located just steps away from the food court area so there are plenty of tables to sit at to enjoy your froyo.
Our order of small froyo plus toppings came to $5.55 plus tax. It’s reasonable but not cheap either. While we were eating our froyo, Mr. and I were already talking about what to order for our next visit. Mr. is interested in trying its original flavour and I would love to try more of the toppings. So yes, we liked it and will return for more!
Pinkberry (Metrotown Location)
F142 – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby (in the food court)