It may already be September but we are not quite finished with the hot weather yet. On those occasional warm days, you would be craving icy treats. Actually for Mr., he would just crave icy treats on a random day, even if it’s cold outside!
So, it’s only fitting that we accepted an invitation from ChineseBites to check out Icy Bar near Boundary and Kingsway. They also have another location at Knight and Kingsway.
As a group tasting, you can imagine the amount of dishes we sampled. Here are some highlights for me:
Mango Ice Cream Mochi Icy – This is like mango heaven! Fresh mango with mango sauce drizzle on top of vanilla ice cream and shaved ice. I like the addition of mochi balls for some chewy texture, otherwise it would be all liquidy, especially when the ice cream and shaved ice starts to melt.
Chocolate Honey Toast – This is like a new take on thick toast. The thick toast is cut into cubes, nicely stacked into a pile, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce drizzle. The thick toast is slightly sweetened; the flavour almost reminds you of condensed milk. It’s crispy, crunchy on the outside, and it’s still soft and chewy inside. The thick toast cubes are served warm, so you have to eat quickly otherwise the warm toast would melt the ice cream!
Mixed Icy – Choose from 30 different toppings including red bean, green bean, taro, coconut jelly, lemon jelly, mochi, grass jelly, tapioca, mango, lychee poppers, basil seed and more. $5.50 for 3 toppings, $6.75 for 4 or $10.00 for 8 toppings. You can even pay a couple dollars extra for a scoop of ice cream. Oh and there is a bottle of condensed milk at the table so you can go nuts on it. The possibilities are endless here!
Red Bean Green Tea Ice Cream Thick Toast – This is a classic. How can you go wrong with green tea flavoured ice cream and red bean? Such a well-loved flavour combination, and it was executed very well.
Drinks – They also offer bubble tea style drinks on the menu. I would suggest getting a milkshake with fresh fruit. My Fresh Mango Milkshake was loaded with mango flavour (and not artificially tasting), creamy and not overly thick in texture. If you feel adventurous, indulge yourself into a glass of Ferraro Rocher or Ferrero Mocha milkshake.
We basically had desserts for dinner that day! Here are all the other dishes we tried. I do appreciate some of the more innovative items such as the pancakes and plant puddings, which you can’t find in other similar shops.
I was looking at its menu and I thought the items are quite reasonably priced. Drinks start at $3.75; thick toasts start at $4.75; the loaded Mango ice Cream Mochi Icy is $10. They also have flavoured shaved ice. Some of them may seem like a big ticket item, but they are also meant for sharing so the the cost would be divided among multiple people. Mr. craves a satisfying serving of shaved ice from time to time, and I plan on taking him back here for an icy treat!
3618 Kingsway, Vancouver