Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar

Restaurant: Qoola
Cuisine: Frozen Yogurt/FroYo/Desserts
Last visited: May 8, 2011
Location: Burnaby, BC (Burnaby South)
Address: 2250 4700 Kingsway (Inside Metrotown Mall)
Price Range: $10 or less

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

Food: 4
Service: n/a (self serve)
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 4.5
Additional comments:

  • Self serve frozen yogurt
  • Self serve toppings bar
  • Healthy dessert
  • Fat free/Low fat/All natural
  • 100 million probiotic cultures/gram
  • Good variety of toppings
  • Fresh fruit toppings
  • Smoothies/waffles
  • Fresh bagels from open-1pm
  • Priced by weight
  • Clean
  • Seats available
  • Gluten free
  • Certified kosher
  • Mon-Sat 10am-9pm
  • Sunday 11am-7pm
  • Qoola Aberdeen Mall, Richmond location

**Recommendations: Whatever you want!

Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar is a locally owned and operated frozen yogurt chain that started in Vancouver, BC. It has the most locations for frozen yogurt in Metro Vancouver and just opened one in Victoria. What makes this location special from it’s their other locations is that’s it’s their first frozen yogurt bar with self-serve machines! It’s a concept that’s already spread throughout the States and I was ecstatic when it finally arrived in Vancouver.

In a city that struggles with dessert options, Burnaby finally has something to offer up! It took me a while to get here as it’s always closed and being located in the mall it’s not exactly as convenient as say a stand alone shop. It’s only competition would be Big Orange, which serves soft serve ice cream, Yogen Fruz downstairs and TCBY upstairs in the theatres, but this is the only one that’s self serve.

Dangerous. There’s only one size cup and they’re huge. Childhood memories of the self serve ice cream machines at Chinese buffets, Uncle Willy’s and cruise ship restaurants all came back to me. I’m a huge fan of any frozen dessert and when I can do it myself, it’s even better. Knowing that this was “healthy” dessert also made it all too easy for me to use that as an excuse to go overboard. I wanted to be like Moe from Simpsons, but instead of a beer tap I’d just rest my head under one of these machines. (I’m not sure if it’s Moe, as I didn’t watch Simpsons… but you get the point)

They have 6 flavours that rotate, but the flavours seem quite traditional (chocolate, vanilla, original, peach mango, pomegranate raspberry, and strawberry and they usually have green tea too) unlike the ones in the States that I miss so much. Places like 21 Choices, Yogurt Planet, and Tart are just a handful that offer seasonal and unique flavours. I guess I can’t ask for too much right away, but baby steps. I’ll be patient, but I hope they do expand on their flavours. The ones in the States also let you help yourself to samples, but the one here has someone to assist you with that. Nonetheless I guess I should stop being so picky as it’s good for what’s available in Vancouver.

I really like the set up of their toppings bar and the fresh fruit toppings are separate. They’re all freshly cut and prepared in the back and everything is kept really clean which is great considering it’s self serve and can get quite messy. They offer a good variety of toppings too and it’s tough not to go nuts… which I did. Literally.

On the table:

Frozen Yogurt – 4/6

  • $1.59/100 grams
  • $3.49
  • Country Vanilla, Original, Pomegranate Raspberry froyo with coconut flakes, almonds, walnuts and granola.
  • I actually didn’t go too overboard and all the contents stayed inside my cup. Only a giant family sized cup is available.
  • You can probably tell my tastes from the topping I chose. I’m not a health nut, but I sure love nuts!
  • I was actually surprised at how little it came out too considering I went pretty carefree with my toppings and dispensing. I saw the value and found it cheap.
  • The Country Vanilla is my favourite. It’s not that tangy and more creamy like a soft serve ice cream and I like that it doesn’t have an artificial vanilla aftertaste. It has a good vanilla taste with real vanilla extract. It’s not TCBY creamy and has more tang than that too.
  • The Original is actually quite tart and not as creamy as the vanilla, but not icy either.
  • The Pomegranate Raspberry is also quite tart and not as fruity as some of the other brands of frozen yogurt I’ve has before, but it was still good.
  • None of the flavours are too sweet and they don’t melt super fast either.

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19 Comments

  • Linda says:

    mmm i just went to qoola yesterday to spend my groupon before it expired – it’s my favorite place to go for froyo – i used to eat yogen fruz but ever since this place opened up, its definitely better 🙂 this location is much better deal than the one on denman – it’s $0.99 per topping which is crazy expensive if you like variety like i do – i usually go for a country vanilla base, like you, and then top it off with mochi, lychee, capn’ crunch and sliced almonds 🙂

  • Mijune says:

    @Linda – I haven’t had Yogen Fruz since they rebranded!! I used to always get it when I was in elementary lol. Do they still use the fresh fruit or is it the Qoola style pre mixed stuff? Hmm I like your topping choices, but I’d choose coconut over capn’crunch lol… my sister loves the cap n’ crunch too!

  • Jane says:

    geez. i missed that too.. T_T

    u shud visit their store more often. sometimes they have interesting flavors like white chocolate macadamia. when there’s any new flavor i’ll get very little bit just to taste it. haha..

  • Jane says:

    i mean missed the free yogurt. lol..

  • Yvonne says:

    I love Qoola self-serve! I would go so often if they had a sugar-free Original froyo (aspartame and sucrolose-free please!). I find their yogurts are too sweet.

  • Mijune says:

    @Jane – i missed the free yogurt too!! But I was too full from yummy desserts at Miku 🙂 And what!?!? !Really?! WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA?!?! Well where the heck have I been? Thanks for the tip Jane!

    @Yvonne – I know what you mean! but the original is quite tart no?

  • wyn says:

    Had to spend my Groupon last weekend and freaked out for a moment that we had gone to Aberdeen Centre for nothing when the first floor location was gone. Qoola’s moved o the food court on the top floor and converted to the self-serve style. Given the Groupon was good for $10 of food and just two of us, it was a good scenario to be able to make our own yogurt concoction.

  • Jane says:

    oh that’s so nice. i’m sure it was much better than the yogurt. hahaha.. yeah it sounds really interesting, isnt it? first time i saw it at the one on Denman street, but i didnt buy it b/c i thought it’s better to buy it from the one in Metrotown so that i could put whatever mixin i wanted. so everytime i went to metrotown i always stopped by the Qoola store to see if they had it. hahahahaha.. it was as good as it sounds. it’s my favorite flavor so far at Qoola.

  • Mijune says:

    @wyn – Yup!! I’ve had the Aberdeen food court Qoola too! it’s much better space than downstairs for them b/c they didn’t have enough volume there.. and I prefer self serve anyways 😉

    @Jane – thanks for the heads up!! i shall call them ahead for flavours.

  • Marvin says:

    Hey Mijune, you know what? Yogen Fruz is still the same, and it’s still really good. I always go there when I see one, which means basically Metrotown and Coquitlam Centre for me. I just love having all that fruit crushed up inside the frozen yogurt. With Qoola’s tart yogurt, I feel like I have to be in the mood for it. But both are good. I’m not sure which one is more expensive though… I think Qoola is, right?

  • Mijune says:

    @Marvin – hmmm now you’re making me crave Yogen Fruz.. have you been to Peanuts in Richmond Public Market? They have food frozen yogurt too! I like the rebrand though.. that helped!

  • Dilara says:

    mmm I love Qoola! My favorite combo is: green tea fro-yo topped with strawberries, cantaloupe, slivered almonds, coconut flakes, and Skor pieces. So good!

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