Sulmida Korean Dessert Cafe has been quite successful in Metro Vancouver since opening up their first location in Burnaby last year. With the popularity of their Korean shaved ice desserts, Sulmida opened up two more locations this year including Richmond and Downtown Vancouver. I had purchased a few deals via Axka.com to give the Richmond location a try. Here’a look at my experience.
Clean & Modern Space
Compared to Sulmida Burnaby, the Richmond location is much more spacious, clean and modern. There are mostly two-person tables which can be pushed together for larger groups.
Sulmida Richmond Menu
Sulmida specializes in bingsu (variants “patbingsu,” “bingsoo”) which are Shaved Ice Desserts. They serve 12 different types including Green Tea, Mango Cheese, Choco Berry and more. The bingsu come in two sizes (single or full) and ranged from $7 – $14 at the time of my visit. For beverages, they offer hot and cold espresso-based drinks, fruit ades, lattes and frappes. Other dessert options include Lava Bread and Injelomi Toast.
WHAT WE TRIED
We went with the Green Tea bingsu featuring milk shaved ice, red beans, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and two sliced almonds which looked like “ears.” I thought the bingsu was good in general. It had a reasonable green tea flavour and the milk shaved ice was light and fluffy.
We also tried the Green Tea Lava Bread which unfortunately wasn’t very lava-y at all! My friend did such a great job cutting through the bread (as shown in the video). The dreams of a molten centre were quickly abated when nothing evolved! I would not recommend the Lava Bread at all.
We tried the Yogurt Berry Injelomi Toast which featured toasted bread topped with yogurt, fresh berries. I thought the toast was good though nothing to write home about. The bread was nicely warm and the berries were reasonably fresh.
We also had the Lemon Ade which was a carbonated drink with lemon slices.
And my friend had a Matcha Latte which she said was OK.
Sulmida Groupon Deal
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There is currently a Groupon Deal for Sulmida Richmond and their newest location in Downtown Vancouver. There are two options: $21 for two Shaved Ice or $19 for 1 Shaved Ice and 1 Lava Bread. I am going to try out the Downtown Location and went for the 2 Shaved Ice options. To find out more about this deal, click here.
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF SULMIDA Richmond
I thought the Green Tea Bingsu we tried was good and I would recommend it to others. The Injelomi Toast was good but the Lava Bread was underwhelming. Although I prefer Passion8 and Snowy Village, I’d be interested to try Sulmida’s other bingsu flavours. Rating: 3.5/5
Sulmida Dessert Cafe
Address: 140 – 8211 Ackroyd Road, Richmond, BC