Sweets galore! I felt like I walked into sugar heaven when I stepped into Burnaby’s latest dessert house, Sugar Lab. Located off Royal Oak & Kingsway, in a new building built behind Chatime and Boiling Point, Sugar Lab features the latest in Chinese desserts – mille crepes and fruit filled pancakes, along with classics such as bubble tea, shaved ice, and dessert soups served hot or cold. The menu is quite extensive. I had a hard time selecting what I wanted to try on my first visit, so much I visited twice within 2 weeks.
On our first visit, we dined in. My friend and I had desserts for dinner that evening, so decided to order several desserts. We ordered a slice of matcha mille crepe and a slice of mango mille crepe. We agreed to also share an order of durian pancakes (we both really love durian). Finishing off the dessert order, we both ordered bubble tea. The matcha mille crepe was creamy and had a light matcha flavour. For my own preference, I would’ve preferred a stronger matcha flavour.
I really enjoyed the mango mille crepe – where you can really taste the different layers and texture of the 21+ layers of crepes stacked on top of each other, separated by fresh cream and mangoes.
Next we dived right into the durian pancakes – each order comes with 2 so you can either share or eat them both yourself. Having been to several new Asian dessert shops, I’ve noticed an increase in durian as a popular dessert item even though the smell and the taste may not be popular. You can definitely taste when durian desserts are available in a restaurant! I really enjoyed the fragrant taste of the durian that was used within these pancakes.
On my second visit, I took my husband in the hopes of trying the taro mille crepe and other flavours of mille crepe. However as it was a Sunday afternoon, it was fairly busy so we decided to take our mille crepes to go. They did not have the taro mille crepe that day – I’ve been told the availability varies, however we did order a slice of their Tiramisu mille crepe, and the matcha and mango mille crepe as well. They package the cakes nicely so they don’t shift around while you transport them home. The tiramisu mille crepe was creamy and had a strong coffee flavour to it. I would still rank mango as my favourite, followed by Tiramisu, and then matcha.
I’m looking forward to visiting again soon so I can try their other mille crepe flavours as they also offer ones such as Oreo, Coffee, Chocolate, and Taro. It’s also a nice cafe to enjoy their shaved ice platters, slushes, and other dessert sweet soups too. Visit during off peak hours if you would like to dine in as they have limited seating and can be quite busy on weekends and evenings.
Sugar Lab is open 7 days a week from 2pm til late and located at 5376 Grimmer Street in Burnaby.