Snowy Village Dessert Cafe is the hottest…or should I say coolest dessert shop in Richmond at the moment. Line ups are long every evening and if you come in a group of 4 or more, you are going to be waiting for a while during peak times. They are best known for their Korean style shaved ice with milky ice instead of the pure ice shavings.
The group of 5 of us waited close to an hour on a Sunday around 7pm. You put your name down on the wait list and linger around till your name gets called. For us, it was a pretty bad experience since the server almost skipped us on the list and told us to wait outside in the pouring rain and gusty winds.
Apparently there was an option to leave your phone number and they will call you back when its closer to your groups turn. It would have been nice if they gave us this option.
All seats were occupied and there was also a line up to get take out.
If you don’t have patience, take out might be your best option.
The prices are higher for take out, but it comes in the regular size.
The price difference is due to the fact they add ice packs and have an insulated bag to keep it cool on the way home. We did see quite a bit of people ordering take out.
Once you go to the counter to order, they give you a ticket with your order number. Once the order is ready, they will call it out.
If you don’t know what to order, they have all their items on display.
All the ones in the display case is a large, so if you are getting a regular sized bingsoo, it will be a bit smaller.
Taiyaki is a fish-shaped cake with different types of fillings inside. They have 2 grills to cook them. The whole restaurant smells of the sweet taiyaki.
You can have it filled with either:
- Red Bean
- Ingeolmi Redbean
- Custard Cream
- Sweet Potato
We got ours with Nutella and Custard Cream. The custard cream reminded me of vanilla pudding snacks from childhood. Not very good at all.
The Nutella was a bit better but it was slightly sweet.
Mango Bingsoo came with lots of fresh mango and whipped cream over the milk bingoo. I like the airy milky ice. A lot better than the traditional non-flavoured ice.
Green Tea Bingsoo with Korean rice cakes, red bean, green tea cake, and almonds.
Under all those toppings, the milky ice is hidden underneath.
Strawberry Bingsoo has strawberry bits, strawberry sauce and whipped cream.
Overall, I liked the fruit bingsoo a lot more. I prefer fresh fruits over the other types of toppings. I did enjoy it but the line ups were too long to come again.
We Rate Snowy Village:
8571 Alexandra Drive, Richmond