Sunday, December 1, 2013

Ayoub's Dried Fruits and Nuts : Burnaby location

One of the newest stores at the Kensington Square in North Burnaby is Ayoub's Dried Fruits and Nuts.

The interior of the store has nice cosmetics and bright lighting. Other than nuts, dried fruit and vegetable chips, the shop also sells turkish delight, chick pea cookies, nougat, toffee and butter cookies.


The store roasts nuts on site (not sure how often).

VANILLA NOUGAT ($5.00). The nougat tastes soft, chewy and has no slight hint of sweetness. Each piece of nougat has a good amount of pistachio but IMO these are nothing special and I have had a lot better nougat. I know the nougat is not stale but they honestly resemble a stale taste. The soft and chewy texture is more.. hardish and elastic, not very pleasant. A few other customers felt the same way.

DRIED FRUITS ($15.00/lb) AND VEGETABLE CHIPS ($10.00/lb). 

- No sugar added to the dried fruits (some taste very sour)
- Vegetable chips are seasoned, tastes crunchy and can satisfy picky eaters
- Located next to a health store?
- Nice interior

- Some of the nuts taste overly salty (especially cashews)
- One of the worst nougat ever
- Service can improve
- Average items

- For a newly opened store, customer service should be better. Quite a few customers who were not familiar with Ayoub's seemed quite lost. When one asked the manager what she was making, she responded "a gift package" and gave the cold shoulder. If I was the manager, I would mention which items I was selecting and that gift packages are available. After a mini line up formed at the cashier, the manager continued making her gift packages and only came when the first customer asked to be helped. When it was my turn, I asked the manager if she was the owner (usually they are friendlier) and she mentioned that only her and the supervisor was here. I guess if the owner was around things would be different
- Meh, I rather visit another location 

Food: 2.5/5
Service: 1/5 (comparing to other Ayoub locations)

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