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Buttermere Patisserie Cafe

Popular online bakery, “Butter Mere” now has its own store front. After three years of providing Vancouverites with tasty and trendy cakes for all their special occasions, they have finally found the ideal location. A relaxed cafe setting to serve their confectioneries, conveniently close to their actual bakery.

Notable for their one line lion logo, a male lion standing on its hind legs holding a cake. They have taken over the old home of a now shuttered smoothie shop. And luckily for them, their predecessor’s modern decor with bleach wood accents, geometric printed counter, and fresh greenery transitions well to a bakery’s cafe space. There are several small tables seated in front of a wooden bench that ran down the length of the case, but grabbed one of the two nooks at either sides of the front door, for more private seating.

Their existing fan base has seen that their first week opened gets plenty of foot traffic. With many more walking in to experience their highly photogenic offerings in person. On top of full sized cakes for serving at parties, they have a showcase of individual sized desserts and cream rolls for point and ordering. The latter was sponge and cream in flavours like matcha red bean, hojicha, and chocolate strawberry, etc.

I started with their fun “ruby is the new black” hot chocolate. This is the hot version, but it is also available, just as pink, cold over ice. For those who have tried it, it tastes like chocolate milk made with the limited edition pink ruby Kit Kat chocolate bar, melted down. As deliciously creamy as you think it is. Though sadly only available in whole milk, with no dairy free or vegan alternatives; lest it change and clashes with the taste of the unique chocolate.

We did ask, and more vegan friendly offerings are in the works, with milk alternatives. Upon this visit they have only been open for under a week, and are still working things out logistically.

I paired the pink “yogurt raspberry cloud” with my matching pink drink. This was a uniquely textured cake, made using a mould created by an architect. It ate as fluffy as it looked, light and airy. Yogurt mousse surrounding a raspberry and cherry compote, over a crispy raspberry wafer. A dessert with plenty of textures and flavours to keep things interesting bite after bite.

But the highlight, and the one to order, if you can only get one, is their “Salted egg yolk puff”, it comes in a set of four, as you see here. A crispy, almost cakey shell hiding a sweet custard-like cream flavoured like the distinct salted egg yolk. A wonderful rendition of the trendy food item.

And for those looking for something more rich, they have their tiramisu in a glass. It was a great presentation, but hard to eat. You had to dig around and up to get the right mix of fluffy sponge, whipped cream, quality cocoa powder, and hint of Kahula.

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
A great place for a celebratory cake, and a now a great cafe to have something sweet at. And seeing as they are the only dessert spot and/or destination for tea in the area, expect them to be busy! Don’t deny your cravings.

BUTTERMERE
636 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1
778-956-7789
buttermere.ca

Buns + Boba

I have often passed by this cafe for my daily commute, and today I finally had the time and stomach space to check it out.

With the cafe’s spacious seating area and natural lighting, they make for a great place to meet up with a friend or to sneak a quiet moment for yourself. You order at the counter, situated at in the centre of the room, across from it, a collection of kitchen goods for purchase. Swedish dish cloths, salt bowls, and patterned spatulas.

Up front are shared tables and individual surfaces, at the very back is a living room setting with couches and a book shelf. Plenty of comfy corners meant to entice guests to linger.

Given the name of the place I made sure to try one of their buns with boba. Boba in their house “B&B milk tea”. The bubble tea was pretty standard, made with powder, it had plenty of caffeine for a decent pick me up. With it, I was able to grab the last of their pearls for the day. Half an order, which I offset with half an order of coconut jelly in this “large” cup.

Now the bun were something special. The taste of the dough and the flavours offered weren’t new, but how the dough was shaped was. The braiding allowed you to peal off bites in strips, with crispy pieces and spongy sections interwoven like art. Visible behind glass, you can order each bun based on it colour. Red for the tomato sauce and herb bun, yellow for the cheese and scallions bun, white on the coconut and honey drizzled bun, dark brown for cardamom, and light brown for cinnamon and sugar.

I ordered the last matcha based on its popularity, and was not disappointed. And because of it, I would like to try a few of their other buns, or maybe one of their made to order sandwiches and/or savoury toasts.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
Not a destination, but a great place to stop for a snack if you are walking past. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

BUNS + BOBA
327 East Broadway, Vancouver BC, V5T 1W5
604-879-2770
bunsandboba.com

New Starbucks Tie Dye Frappe

On this cloudy and slightly rainy day, select Starbucks locations all across Canada have launched a new summer Frappuccino. This is the Tie Dye Frappe. It is available for the next five days, or until supplies run out.

It is described as a tropical creme Frappuccino with sprinkles of red beets, turmeric and spirulina to give it its red, yellow and blue colouring. Topped with whipped cream and additional shakes of coloured powder.

We ordered a venti and were disappointed by the lack of tie dye effect. There was not enough to blend through the yellow. The result, a highlighter yellow drink that faintly tasted like pineapple, or simple sweet cream.

Another creative way to get novelty seekers, like myself through the door, but not necessary a taste that needs repeating.

For the vlog and live action reaction, check out my latest blog post. It also includes the review of three new summer menu items from Tim Horton’s.

Café Salade de Fruits

Today I was at a lovely Parisian cafe, hidden within one of the side streets along South Granville. A hot spot for locals given the number of tables filled at random this Thursday afternoon. And each of them well taken care of with all the plenty of staff in branded tees on hand.

The smaller space is packed tight with seating to maximize their capacity. Booths by the wall, four tops by the window; and two rows of narrow tables between them both, side by side for convertible seating. Or you can grab a seat outside on their decent sized patio. Indoor, each table has a metal street sign screwed on to it. A way to pass on their personality and their French heritage.

Similarly, the restaurant is decorated with French themed artifacts and knick knacks. A cork art piece arranged to look like France. A few Eiffel towers crafted from different mediums. The blue, white, and red flag; and a lot more French street signs. A faux brick facade fronts the kitchen. Behind its peek-a-boo pass you can see two chefs in black working with stainless steel, to a citronella green motif.

The menu is printed in both French and English and is pretty straight forward. I liked how there were many specials of the day, offering variation to regulars at reasonable prices. A sandwich, soup, crepe, omelette, quiche, and pasta. We would stick to the French classics, for my first taste.

The “Garlic and butter escargots” were perfection. So much minced garlic and melted buttery goodness to sop up with the slices of baguette. And if you don’t like the idea of eating snails, you couldn’t tell what they were here. Chewy bites of escargot with no additional flavour outside of the garlic and butter.

The mussels were a classic, we paired it with a side of fries over salad. There was plenty of flavour in the soupy broth, more butter and garlic to enjoy with more bread. So tasty that I could have just drank it as is. The mussels were well prepared, the perfect vessel for the sauce. And the thin cut fries had a similar flavour when dipped into its side of garlic cream.

I was surprised by how much I liked the “Deep fried calamari”, especially considering it was gluten free. The thin veil of batter actually had me enjoying the perfectly soft and chewy texture of the squid a lot more. It wasn’t greasy, and you didn’t feel bogged down after eating half a bowl of it. I would order this one again.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
A really great spot to have a simple and delicious meal at. I would love to try more of their offerings to get a more fulsome picture of their food, but so far I like everything we had. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

CAFE SALADE DE FRUITS
1545 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6J 1S1
604-714-5987
saladedefruits.com

Grounds for Coffee, Commercial Drive

The city’s most popular spot for cinnamon buns now has a second location. Their second cafe finds them in the heart of Commercial Drive with a lot more space, and a lot more convenient of a space.

They offer their same delicious buns and various baked goods, accompanied by the same tasty drinks, served by the same good natured folks that their original location on Alma is known for; but now with a lot more sprawling room.

With vaulted ceilings, warm wood elements, and splashes of polished white, this place is chic. It gives a more upscale and trendy vibe than that of their worn-in, hole in the wall humble beginnings. This cafe serves as a great spot for quick meet ups or that first date, and even better as a destination to study and get some work done in. There is plenty of room to sit and soak it all in.

Naturally, I had to indulge in one of their cinnamon.buns. Chewy and warm with melty icing. I roll the dough out and save the centre for last, as the best bite.

To drink I doubled down on my cinnamon and sugar quota and got one of their cinnamon bun frappes. Not actually made with blended up chunks of cinnamon buns, but just a great milk based drink flavoured like their trademark treat.

I was especially excited to help myself to one of their biodegradable straws. I agree with the less plastic, ban straws movement; but have not been impressed with the paper straw solution. They typically melt before I finish my beverage, and I end up tasting it more than the drink itself. But at “Grounds for Coffee” they are equipped with sugar cane straws. Firm and sturdy these lasted from first sip to the watery, melted cream last. No taste, nothing to affect the enjoyment of my cold treat; and a great step in the right direction for the environment.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
Although their cinnamon buns are available at various cafes around town, it is nice to get it at source. And with this location now on my way home from work, they will be seeing a lot more of me. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

GROUNDS FOR COFFEE
088 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC, V5N 4A9
604-254-3939
groundsforcoffee.ca

Dalina Broadway

“Dalina”, the healthy Vancouver snack stop is soon to open their second location on Broadway. A fair bit smaller that their original, this posh cafeteria of sorts is sure to become the lunch time favourite of many who live and work in the neighbourhood.

Like their original location in Chinatown, the new restaurant features meals to go and snacks to take away. Freshly made salads, sandwiches, and wraps. As well pastries, doughnuts, and other baked goods. For drinks they offer up artisanal coffees, superfood smoothies, and kombucha on tap.

The vision was to provide Vancouverites with their own “grab-and-go style eatery”, the solution for busy people who don’t always have time to prepare wholesome and delicious meals for themselves. Full meals to enjoy at your desk, in your home, or within their space. And best of all, for the daily diners, most of their menu items are affordable ranging between $10-$15. And always presented in compostable packaging. They also have your catering needs covered with meeting and party ready trays with weekday office delivery.

So today, four days before their official opening, myself and a room full of others were invited to check out the new space and the same solid menu before they opened to the public. Truth be told, I haven’t actually ever visited their original location. When in that area and looking for a meal, I figured that their collection of baked goods and pre package salads won’t scratch any of my food itches. So to be able to learn that I was wrong first hand, here, was a treat.

The room is tiled in white, it gave the place a sterile feel. It was how clean you want the same tile in your bathroom and local swimming pool to be. It ran all around their bar/service counter. And behind it staff dressed in their branded tees poured alcoholic beverages and brewed up cups of caffeinated drinks. During regular hours of operation, this will also be where options are read off their over head menu and orders are paid for and placed. During this launch attendees enjoyed glasses of wine and beer, however the Broadway cafe won’t actually be able to pour until they get their liquor license in the spring. But you can enjoy artisan coffee and espressos in their branded cups for here or to go.

To its left is a glass counter with a healthy selection of baked goods. Where, I made sure to try a few of their delicious looking doughnuts. Thick and chewy cream filled and frosted doughnuts in matcha, French vanilla, chocolate banana, and espresso. There was also chocolate cake with frosting, cookies crammed with seeds and nuts for a filling snack, and moist in the centre slices of cakey loaves.

Right in front of this is their limited seating. A booth runs along the wall with small tables and loose chairs set facing it. If you follow them all the way to the entrance you will see a series of refrigerated units. These house their prepackaged meals and grocery staples for pick up and sale. From box salads, and yogurt cups to fresh made then frozen pastas and soups.

The following is a collection of what I tried this night. It is worth noting that the baked goods are sourced from local vendors, and it is the prepackaged meals that are exclusive to them. Overall, I was surprised by how good the vegan options tasted and how satisfying the healthier options were. Everything I had was so flavourful and I felt better indulging in it.

 

Guests grazed on charcuterie and roasted vegetable boards which make the perfect tray for a potluck or to impressive at any party. Cured meats, hard cheeses, and pickled vegetables for self serving.

There were also small bites being served. Like the Tahini and eggplant farro salad. A zesty and filling morsel that had a nice chew to it, with notes of curry spices.

I preferred the juicier beet and goat cheese salad. Firm, naturally sweet red beets tasty with the pairing of sharp cheese.

Sundried tomato and goat cheese quiches and ones with smoked salmon. Both with fluffy egg and a buttery pie crusts.

I really enjoyed their prosciutto and fresh vegetable filled croissants. Surprisingly the latter more than the former. The neutral vegetable allowed the delicious flakiness of the  croissant to show through more.

Similarly the focaccia sandwiches were delicious because of the herb bread sandwiching either roasted vegetable or slices of meat. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the one that combined an olive tapenade and crunchy broccoli together.

For dessert fresh cream filled cannolis came around. A show stopper with green pistachio cream and candied orange peels.

The flourless chocolate fudge with caramel beads was gluten free and a hit with the room. Chewy and chocolatey.

And the burlee lemon tart a great refreshing way to end your meal and cleanse your palate.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
A great place for a convenient meal, and a great additional to the area. Tasty and healthy options that won’t break the bank, leaving you feeling energized and satisfied throughout the day. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

DALINA
92 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V5Z 1K7
604-428-4364
dalina.ca
#Destinationdelina #Delinabroadway.

Starbucks’ Witch’s Brew Frappuccino

Halloween is right around the corner, and as they do every year, Starbucks Canada has released a limited edition spooky frappuccino to mark the occasion. As they did in the past, they have themed it after one of All Hallow’s Eves’ creepy crawly creatures. Like the vampire and zombie frappe’s of year’s past, the witch’s brew delivers on colours and theatrics.

Starbucks’ adverts don’t actually list the flavours or the ingredients that go into this neon purple beverage. Instead they have renamed each element into something that you could find brewing within a cauldron, and have invited the adventurous down to try it for themselves. So naturally, as a lover of novelty and all things weird and wacky, with a limited release, I found myself at my local Starbucks at 7am.

 

For the vlog version of my experience and my first blush impressions of the “Witch’s Brew”, check out my YouTube channel: MaggiMei for its making and the taste test.

The actual purple, blended, milk based beverage was reimagined as “toad’s breath” with “lizard scales” green sugar sprinkles, “swamp fog” whipped cream, and “bat worts” chia seeds dyed green.

Despite its colouring, this wasn’t a grape flavoured frappe, like you would imagine. Instead, it is actually an orange cream frappuccino with your usual milk, cream, and syrup flavouring. Starbucks kept it safe for those who don’t like the mixing of flavours, and instead focused all flavour into the drink itself. It tastes like orange creamsicle, with the chia seed adding no flavour, little texture, and major creepy vibes. I liked it well enough, but felt the flavour could have been chosen to be more reflective of the season and occasion. When I think Halloween I think candy and fall, so why not a caramel corn frappe or maybe a caramel green apple?

Either way, this is still worth checking out, and you best be doing so soon, as it is only around until supplies to make them last, or Halloween ends: October 31st, in less than one week’s time!

 

 

Laurence & Chico Café

Today I was at “Laurence & Chicco”. I have been once before, but it was before they launched their savoury bites as part of their full high tea service. So I figured it was a good time to return and get a more fulsome review of their food and what’s it like dining with them.

The cafe is known for its colourful and outlandish decor. A setting with flare, befitting of owners with a rich background in fashion. High back chairs with over hung canopies were the centre piece. They were crafted to look like monsters with scaly arm rests and glass eyes on tentacled legs. Though they didn’t stand out all too much in their neon swamp-like dining area. With glass table tops sitting on cactus stumps, and pom pom stools that look like they could grow legs, rise up, and skitter away. A couple even match the monster throne in colour and yarn texture, with pearled detailing and spiralled legs. Others were outfitted with pleats and ruffles like that off a dress. All the above sits over their lovely mosaic tiled floor, a swirl of shimmers and blues in a gradient pattern; under a mural of human sized flora and fauna with monster like speckles and pastel colours, to finish off the scene. All the details and craftsmanship pulls you into their wonderland. Truthfully I came just for this elaborate scene and I have no regrets.

Recently they have also started showcasing “Laurence and Chico’s” line of eccentric fashion. Fur lined winter coats with wide eyed goldfish embroidered on the back, jeans with rips and tears crocheted with strings of plastic pearls, and purses made from round puffs topped with plastic animals. Nothing is priced, for those interested in shopping the entire collection, you can leave your name and contact information for them to reach out and set up an appointment.

Don’t forget to visit the washroom. Whether you need to go or not, it is certainly worth a trip to the one person stall. One is themed with all to wall mirrors reflecting your reflection in black and blue light. The other, a rubber ducky overload with the yellow bird with orange beak plastered on every wall, ceiling, and floor.

There is so much more I can go into detail on, regarding their decor; but I will save my words, and instead direct you to some of the photos I have taken.

 

The music is inquisitive a series of chimes and horns like it’s asking you questions through its melody. The cool chill of the air conditioning and the gentle vocals of opera playing set the stage for a great cafe stop, a place to take your time and enjoy some sweet treats and/or a warm beverage.

You pick and pay at the counter and if you are dining in, it gets plated and brought out to your chosen table. Though I suggest all of it to be served as take out, given how whimsical their cake box and paper cup packaging is.

Green monstrous features against a baby pink backdrop. I couldn’t help but salvage everything to take home with me as souvenirs of our time spent here.

During my first visit we tried a handful of small desserts, picking what we wanted from out of the glass showcase. It was a hard decision with all the cake pops, cream puffs, and ice cream macarons to consider. But eventually I just let my eyes doing the choosing.

Strawberry white chocolate choux. It was chewy dough and sweet cream, and you could tell it wasn’t made fresh.

The mango and raspberry cheesecake was standard. Another tangy and salty combination. But at least the presentation was on point.

I really like how the Black Forest mousse tart looked, it almost mimicked the monster theme; and in taste too given how strong it all was. Overwhelming bitter chocolate with the tart cherry made your lips pucker, with the cheesy tang lingering long after you swallowed.

During today’s visit we tried more cakes as well as their tea set.

This is their travel ready tea set, served in a caddy that comes with straps that you can wear over your shoulder like a handbag. Its pink rectangular box is a stylish accessory for sure. Two savoury and two sweet bites with a small cup of tea. For $29, you are more or less paying for the travel caddy. Each snack was secured in place with a pearl topped skewer. Chicken liver onigiri, smoked tuna wrap, brown butter caramel mochi, and a chocolate cream puff.

I was most excited about the pink rice ball, only to be disappointed by the rice. When I asked, the clerk confirmed that everything was made in house, but sadly it didn’t taste like it was made today. In fact the hard, dry rice mound was still cold. The paste in it would have been enjoyable if warm and served on a crisp cracker, as it was tasty. My guest likened it to eating day old sushi you kept in the fridge overnight.

The smoked salmon wrap faired better cold. The filling had a potato salad feel to it with cream, celery, and pickles. Although I didn’t really taste the salmon.

The cream puff was hard and hollow. The dough was ashy and not enjoyable to chew through and the cream lacking, there was barely any left to moisten the pastry; let alone enjoy. And it didn’t taste like chocolate. My guest said it was worse than frozen cream puffs from the grocery store. It was at least the prettiest cream puff I have ever seen.

The yellow cake gave us more dry and old dough that crumbled under your utensil, whereas you wanted the pastry to be light and fluffy. A spongy base to balance the density of the caramelized compote. I think it might have been burnt too as I got a bitter, acrid taste; and thought there must have been an acidic fruit somewhere in the mix. Dry and disappointing, but sadly one of the better out of the four. I just really didn’t enjoy having to eat this, as to not let our $29 go to waste.

But luckily we got the box and tried it before any more of their new savoury options. Each, boxed up in plexi, sitting on top of the display counter. The prices are a little steep, the portions small, and if the quality is the same as our box above, definitely not worth trying.

Therefore, I would suggest forgoing $4 scones the size of a baby’s fist, and the $4.25 sliders, finger sandwiches, and mini croissant. Instead, direct your attention to their collection of mini cakes. Not only are they spectacularly constructed, but a lot better tasting then what I just described above. Or maybe just because the bar was set so low prior.

The “Royal Autumn’s Nest” was the last in the showcase and just looking at it, I knew I wanted it. A non bake cheesecake with almond streusel and raspberry sauce. It was a delicious light cheese whip, best enjoyed with the crunchy crumbs and crispy noodles.

“Laurence’s Kiss” was another I had to order just for its look alone. Coffee flavoured chocolate brownie with raisins and walnuts, coated in a purple meringue with gold leaf. It looks like a giant kiss. It easily falls under your fork. Its texture was like what you’d want from a chunky fruit and nut bar. It wasn’t too sweet, the chocolate was more or on the bitter side. So if you wanted, you could easily smear off the purple.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
Overall their coffees and teas are what they do best, so I can easily recommend them as a coffee shop. A funky place to sit and enjoy a cup with a friend, and a selfie photographer’s paradise with plenty of photo ops. Snap a pic while sitting on a thrones, or have a friend capture you trying on designer gloves. Even going to the washroom is a fun affair here. Although, I would suggest avoiding the food, unless you want a cake or the boxes their take out comes in. They do make great gift boxes to be repurposed. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

LAURENCE & CHICO
833 Bute Street, Vancouver BC, V6E 3Y4
604-688-8680
www.laurenceandchico.com
Laurence & Chico Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters

Located within her neighbourhood, my guest had been meaning to try this quaint cafe for a while now. Ironically not for the coffee they are know for. Its all grey stucco exterior with caramel colour wood trim stuck out. The name neatly spelled out in black letters above, its significance unrelated to what they actually offer.

This is a coffee bar with beer and wine for those who want a break for coffee and tea. Set up like a coffee shoppe it was well lit with natural light, and well accommodating with plenty of seating across the front bar and share tables that could come together and separate as needed. I especially enjoyed the over hanging plants, the vines and leaves dangling over you as you ate. It was the only visually interesting piece against a white wall cafe with wooden tables and floors to match.

This was a causal setting with the causal service to match. There was only just the one employee behind the counter. You ordered and immediately paid therein. When your drinks are ready you pick them up from the counter. Our plates of food were brought out to us when ready, although that maybe just because we weren’t paying attention, and instead chatting amongst ourselves.

We were told of happy hour when we came in, however the prices for food didn’t change despite the time of day. It was just $1 off beer, which we got two of. Along with our beers we decided to snack on a one salty and one sweet dish.

“Savoury crepe” with lardon, braised greens and puffed rice. We added the egg for $2, which I felt really completed the dish. The soften crepe was salty from the ham and crunchy from the kale, the yolk egg brought it together for a great start to your day. The only other thing I would add is some avocado.

This was not what we expected from the “rhubarb tartine”, despite the word “tartine” means a piece of bread. This was a whole grain slice topped with a rhubarb compote, goat cheese, toasted almonds, and strawberry. It at like strawberry cream cheese smeared over a rough piece of toast. We ordered this thinking it would be a sweet dish to balance out our savoury one above. But despite the sweetness of the strawberries peeking trough, I would classify this as is a savoury dish with the tart rhubarb. Given the flavour of the assembly, I would love to have had a firm and chewy piece of yellow pound cake as the base instead; instead of the hard and grainy toast. As for the bread, I wanted it as part of a hearty cured meat, fine cheese, and crispy lettuce sandwich.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – No.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
They serve the community well. When you want to sit down to eat and drink like at a restaurant, but want the easy and light hearted nature that a cafe supplies. A cafe that serves alcohol and beer to accompany their food that is more than just Saran wrapped loaf slices or muffins. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

BOWS & ARROWS
4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver BC, V5V 4E8
604-620-7657
owsandarrowscoffee.com
Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

La Baguette et Compagnie

Today I got a special delivery of French pastries, a box of goodies from “La Baguette”. They are one of the true French bakeries in Vancouver, with professional bakers hailing from France. What you don’t pick up from their store front you can enjoy at hotels like Hotel Auberge and the Wedgewood. And I can see why these acclaimed hotels would want to work with them. Truly this was some of the best pastries I have ever had, I even put them to the test, sharing my bounty with my finicky partner who knew his way around a croissant or two.

These were also the most flakiest pastries I have ever had. They were so crispy on the first day, so but sure to purchase and not hesitate on biting in. There and then you get light buttery shards that almost melt under your tongue. Each pastry has the same really flaky and crusty texture on the outside, with the same soft and chewy centre waiting underneath. They were truly enjoyable to eat for taste and texture. Plain or filled, the buttery taste of the pastry came through. Although I prefer them plain to enjoy the pastry as is. Just biting into it you can hear how fresh and flakey they were. The messier the better and these did crumble everywhere, but was so good that I made the point to pick up all the flakes and put them directly into my mouth

The best for me was top three for my partner, a man who has grown up on the luxury of buttery fresh breads and pastries.

The buttery croissant was perfection. I would have one to start, a second as a sandwich with aged cheese and cured meats, and another plain one just for dessert.

Or better yet, the chocolate croissant is ideal for dessert. Within this square was the perfect amount of chocolate to pastry ratio. A simple goal, and yet a hard one to achieve.

The apple cinnamon one was a nice heartier option. Its crust was slightly thicker than the others, and a touch saltier. It would have also been great wrapping a sausage roll or covering the contents of a chicken pot pie.

This is actually my first time trying an almond croissant. I just thought that it was a croissant with toasted almonds topped with icing sugar, I didn’t realize it had a coconut-like filling, that was buttery and rich like a custard with texture. I found myself especially scooping up fallen scraps into my gaping mouth with this one, and there was a lot more here. The butter coconut filling adds additional sweetness and crunch, giving you a new experience to your croissant consumption. I will definitely be ordering this again.

Once again, it is best to eat any that you get all on the same day. That is when they are at their best and intended to be consumed. They get stale and hard the day after. However, what I had left was still so tasty that I endured rough pastry shards cutting the sides of my mouth and the necessary head jerking pulls with teeth necessary to finish them off. And it was worth it.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
I would like them to be closer to me, or at least have my local coffee shop take on their pastries. These are worth travelling for, to a certain extent. If I worked downtown Vancouver, I would see myself taking the “long way” to work to get me some of these. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

LA BAGUETTE
1102 Davie Street, Vancouver BC, V6E 1X4
604-684-8003
labaguetteetcompagnie.ca

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