When Snowy Village opened up their first location in Richmond, it was rage with line ups outside. I still remember trying to come here for over 3 times and leaving with take out because of the wait. Since then, they’ve opened up more locations including one on Robson so I feel like the waits aren’t as crazy. Still, the place is packed so be sure to come here at odd times to avoid the crowds.
I ended up visiting both the Richmond and Robson location, so I’m just going to combine the review into one post. The set up is similar at both locations, where you order at the front and pay first. At the Richmond location, they will bring you the food, whereas you must pick up at the counter for the Robson location.
Other than shaved ice, they are famous for their Taiyaki also known as croissants boong bread.
You can smell these upon entering the shop. A must order!
Injeolmi Shaved Ice (small)
Snowy Village is famous for their shaved ice because they brought over the famous Korean powdery ice that feels just like snow. The Injeolmi Shaved Ice was topped with red bean, peanut powder and mochi balls. We really liked this as the peanut powder was not overly sweet and I lvoed the chew of the mochi.
Mango Shaved Ice (small)
Another favourite was the Mango Shaved Ice which is topped with lots of mangoes which are ripe and sweet. The fruit ones are a favourite as the dessert is more moist, whereas the ones with powder tend to be a little dry.
You can choose from a variety of fillings for the Taiyaki, including red bean, injeolmi red bean, nutella, and custard cream. I’ve tried quite a few but my favourite is still the injeolmi red bean and nutella. The custard cream is too sweet for me. I love how flaky the taiyaki is and tastes just like a croissant.
Overall, we quite enjoyed the Richmond location and I found service to be very friendly here. However, parking is horrendous here.
Oreo Shaved Ice (large)
On another occasion, we visited the Robson location. The first thing you will notice is that the Robson location uses plastic cups instead of the metal bowls. We found that the size of these appear to be much smaller than the Richmond lcoation yet we pay the same price. The Oreo Shaved Ice was surprisingly very good even though I normally find Oreos too sweet.
Mango Shaved Ice (large)
We also got the Mango Shaved Ice and again it did not disappoint. The mangoes they use are so sweet!
Injeolmi Shaved Ice (small)
As you can see, the small size here appears to be much smaller because of the cup they use. It’s also extremely easy to tilt the cup because of the narrow base. Loved the Injeolmi Shaved Ice again!
Matcha Shaved Ice (small)
The Matcha Shaved Ice was probably my lease favourite despite the fact I love matcha everything. Since it was mostly matcha powder, the shaved ice was rather dry and needed something moist like condensed milk.
Overall, I think I would prefer the Richmond location more based on the service and also sizing of the shaved ice. However, the consistency of both locations are on par for their menu items.
– Shaved ice is so powdery smooth
– Taiyaki is really flaky
– Long waits all the time
– Parking at Richmond location is terrible
Price Range: $10/person
1: Terrible 2: Poor 3: Average 4: Good 5: Excellent
Food:4 Service: 3 Ambiance: 2.5 Parking: 2 Overall: 3.5