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!!
Service: n/a (self serve)
- 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
- Fresh bagels from open-1pm
- Priced by weight
- 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:
- $1.59/100 grams
- 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.