Society – Dessert: Junk Food Platter

Restaurant: Society– Dessert Junk Food Platter
Cuisine: American
Last visited: November 18, 09
Location: Vancouver, BC (Yaletown/Downtown)
Address: 1257 Hamilton Street
Price Range: $10-20

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 2
Service: 3.5
Ambiance: 5
Overall: 2.5
Additional comments:

  • Comfort food with a twist
  • Executive Chef Brandon Thordarson
  • Hometown classics/favourite – made gourmet
  • Attracts trendy crowd – Glowbal feel
  • Great decor/playful and contemporary ambiance
  • Better for drinks/desserts
  • Part of the Glowbal Group family
  • Heated patio, outdoor seating
  • Busy during peak hours/after hours/weekends
  • Express lunches (under 45 min. or free)
  • Housemade Ketchup
  • Open 11:30am-12am
  • Open 4:30pm Sat/Sun

**Recommendation: Junk food platter, Flight of hand cut french fries (not the poutine one though), housemade ketchup, roast garlic aioli

This post is focused on Society’s dessert: The Junk Food Platter.

There was too much to write about on this huge platter so I had to split it up. The menu says it serves 2, but really it can serve between 4-6. Everything comes in 2, but you’ll be pretty full if you ate everything. It’s pretty big. For $18 I would order it again – however some things were better than others. I think the ice cream sandwiches were the best.

The platter is full of old-fashioned, circus and carnival desserts or “junk food”: cotton candy, caramel corn, chocolate cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, Oreo milkshake, doughnut holes, cookies and rice crispy squares. Overall it’s a fun/playful idea, very well-presented and suits the restaurant and what they aim to do.

For my post on their savoury mains – see here.

On the table:**Junk Food Platter4/6

  • Cotton candy, caramel corn, chocolate cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, Oreo milkshake, doughnut holes, cookies and rice crispy squares $18

Cotton Candy4/6

  • It’s cotton candy. It’s freshly made though and it is good.
  • It’s fun and never really been done at a restaurant.

Caramel Corn1/6

  • This was found in the cup that was holding the cotton candy up.
  • They burnt the caramel so the caramel corn was bitter and hard.
  • It was really crunchy and they were in clumps, so it was more like brittle than it was caramel corn. This was better at carnivals.

Doughnut Holes 2.5/6

    • I think they make a version of these at Trattoria too. You can order these separately for $8.
    • They taste really good, except they’re filled with a cream anglaise that is much too sweet. On top, they’re covered with white icing sugar so it makes them very sweet. They’re served warm though so I liked that.

  • It come with this pink “white chocolate” dip – which was not good at all. It was flavourless. It looks like Pepto-Bismol and I tried it on it’s own. It tastes like pure sugar watered down and dyed pink. I enjoyed the doughnuts better without the dip.

Ice Cream Sandwiches5.5/6

  • These were fantastic! Gone first. It was homemade.
  • The cookie part tasted like chocolate brownies more than they did cookies. It wasn’t the best brownie ever or anything, but it was still good. It was really fresh, soft and chewy. There’s vanilla ice cream in the middle, which is not homemade I’m pretty sure. But overall the whole thing is yummy. I wish you could order them separately.

Rice Crispies3/6

  • These were just your regular rice crispy squares. Not too buttery, not to sweet. a little harder than I’d like. I like them soft and chewy.

Chocolate Cupcakes 3/6

  • These reminded me of gourmet Ding Dongs. They were chocolate cupcakes filled with marshmallow cream and covered in chocolate ganache. These were nice and moist – a very decadent chocolatey treat.

Oreo Milkshake3/6

  • This tasted great (how an Oreo milkshake would taste), but it wasn’t a thick milkshake. It was definitely more milk based than ice cream based. I wonder if their other milkshakes are as thin as this one was… ?
  • They top it off with whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbs. I wish they used Oreo cookie crumbs instead. They could easily make that switch with the help of a food processor.


  • There were 2 mini chocolate chip cookies inside the mini white doggy bag.
  • I have a feeling they started off warm, soft and chewy…but because I got to them last they were hard and not chewy. It was really too bad. Just because a cookie cools down it doesn’t mean it has to be hard – but it happened to these ones which was disappointing.



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