To be honest, after our experience at Menchie’s, I was hesitant to take Mr. to another frozen yogurt bar. But then, I really can’t resist the temptation of facing so many frozen yogurt flavours and toppings, and building a frozen yogurt to my liking. With a deal voucher, I took Mr. to the Qoola at Metrotown.
Each Qoola location seems to have different product offerings. At the Metrotown store, you can get frozen yogurt, smoothie or their “wannawafel” (aka Belgian waffle). We just went for the frozen yogurt. There were a total of 10 flavours to choose from; unlike Menchie’s, they didn’t have a system in place for you to sample the flavours. We chose to get a little bit of Pure Organic, Lemon Organic, Pumpkin, Strawberry and Chocolate, and not knowing how they taste, we’re basically in for a surprise.
It seems like they have fewer topping options than what we saw at Menchie’s. Nonetheless there were endless ways to customize our own frozen yogurt with crushed candies and chocolates, cereal, pretzels, mochi, pearls, fruit and sauces. Mr. also chose a cup with waffle in it.
Between the two of us, we ordered close to 19oz of frozen yogurt and toppings. The bill came to just under $11 after tax. A bit less than our 22oz last time, but it’s still quite a bit. We really tried not to put too much but we still ended up with quite a bit of frozen yogurt
Verdict? I personally think Menchie’s was better. The 5 flavours we had were too subtle in taste for my liking; you mostly just taste the natural tartness in yogurt. I was hoping that the Lemon Organic would be tart, but it was on the sweet side with a citrusy note. The Strawberry was not bad but not too fruity. Mr. quite liked the Pumpkin one but I didn’t really taste the pumpkin spices like he did. Chocolate and Pure Organic (original) are probably the best out of the 5, with the most prominent, recognizable flavours. But then, it’s just chocolate and original flavours.
And the topping options aren’t as exciting as Menchie’s. I may always stick to my few favourites, but I like the prospect of having more options in case I change my mind or want to try something new. I did appreciate the amount of fresh fruit that they have here at Qoola, though, and we ended up getting quite a bit of it.
Qoola’s frozen yogurt, same as Menchie’s, is sold at $0.55 per oz + tax, and the waffle piece doesn’t cost extra (it just adds to your total weight). I think at this price Qoola still offers a decent option for build-it-yourself frozen yogurt. It’s conveniently located inside Metrotown so you know you can grab yourself a treat while shopping at the mall.
Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar
2250 – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby (inside Metrotown)