Vancouver Cheap Eats: Kensington

Dec 19 2017, 8:06 am

If you’re looking to be surrounded by socialites, sip on perfectly chilled Perrier-Jouet, and fist pump until dawn, Kensington will do nothing but disappoint. As one of the most suburban areas of Vancouver, young families, parks, and community centres make it hardly a place to ‘see and be seen’. But what it lacks in nightlife it makes up for with scenic views and $5 food finds, as Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow discovered while sauntering through the sprawling retail strips along Fraser and Victoria. So here’s what our blue bills got us:

Merienda Bake Shop (pictured above)

Want options? You got ‘em. A small bakery tucked away on Fraser, chow on empanadas filled with chicken, pork, beef or veggies for just a buck a piece. There are also cheese rolls, pan del sal, or pan de coco for $1.50. The list of freshly baked goods really does go on and on. Good thing the price doesn’t, as most are under $3.

Grandview Szechuan Restaurant


Besides these soups for $4.95, there are also appetizers like barbecued ribs, mandarin egg rolls, green onion pancakes and white radish cakes for $3.95 or less.

Golden Joy Restaurant


We feel nothing but Golden Joy for this place. The ‘special meal’ for $4.99 means you get double the protein portion served over rice. There’s also BBQ pork for $3.50, BBQ chicken for $3.75, and vegetarian spring rolls for under three bucks.

European Breads Bakery


With fresh and flakey pies stuffed with tuna, spinach or chicken, sample two flavours for an even $5 meal. We also advise not to pass on the sizable sausage rolls (ya, we said it), also $2.50.

Bodhi Choi Heung Vegetarian Restaurant


We’re not sure if someone just ran out of letters or simply found something better to do, but when you’re serving 17 appetizers all day for $2.75, we’re definitely not going to be picky. And as luck may have it, more than half of those are deep-fried. If you need a break from the grease, opt for the steamed buns with condensed milk or the six pieces of gyoza (pan fried or steamed) for $4.95.


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