Faubourg

Originally, Jujube had planned a girls’ day with KitKat and I, however, she ended up bailing on us on her own date. Seeing as KitKat and I already had the day off, we decided to chill without her. We strolled around downtown and did some shopping, in my case, just window shopping before we skipped off to dessert. Food is always the main destination when it comes to me and my foodie sistah. Hahah.

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KitKat felt like cake, so we decided on Faubourg. The inside was clean, classy and elegantly furnished. I love the festive atmosphere with the nicely decorated Christmas tree in the corner.

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As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by the colourful display of macarons. They looked so lovely that we just had to get some. I decided on a lavender earl grey macaron and a jasmine tea macaron ($2 each). The macarons were kind of small for the price, but I love the chewy texture of these dainty little morsels. The flavours were true and strong, but maybe a touch too sweet and floral for my taste.

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I had a tough time deciding between cakes, but ended up choosing the mille feuille ($5.60) simply because it was so pleasing on the eyes. The description next to cake was “flavoured mousse nestled in between light, crisp and buttery puff pastry, topped with shantilly.” I was unaware that it comes in two varieties: banana vanilla or gianduja vanilla and my server didn’t mention anything, so I thought it was going to be a regular Bavarian cream tasting mille feuille. I was pleasantly surprised with sweet banana mousse and caramel flavoured shantilly. The flavour of the caramel complimented the banana very well. I love that it was just sweet enough and not too heavy.

My mille feuille was good, but after tasting KitKat’s green tea passion fruit mousse, I totally regretted not getting that cake instead. Next time.

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Faubourg
+1 604 267 0769
Downtown
769 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Thomas Haas

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Thomas Haas has been on my list of dessert places to visit ever since  I’ve tasted the crispy chocolate raspberry cake at a wedding, I instantly fell in love. Mamallama, Baby-Paca and I were supposed to go on my birthday 2 years ago, but to my dismay, due to their short hours of operation and far off location, we never ended up going. After all this time, I finally gave them a visit, except it wasn’t to celebrate my birthday, but Baby-Paca’s instead.

My eyes practically gleamed at the sight of the beautiful cakes glistening in the display. Mamallama and I arrived about an hour before closing, so there weren’t very many whole cakes left for us to choose from. Nevertheless, I still had a tough time deciding on a cake for Baby-Paca.

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I ended up picking out the 10-12 serving almond mascarpone ($44). Needless to say, Baby-Paca loved it. The cake was topped with an entire thin sheet of high quality dark chocolate. The cake consisted of layers of light mascarpone cream, soft almond cake with amaretto and espresso. The almond flavour was very prominent, but it did not mask the flavours of the amaretto or expresso. The flavours were well balanced, with just a touch of sweetness. My only issue is that there seems to be finely grinded up pieces of nuts mixed into the cake, which makes for a slightly gritty texture. I would’ve preferred it smooth.

Besides the almond mascarpone, we also bought 4 cakes by the slice. I mean, how can I possibly pass up on this opportunity?! The individual cakes are $5.90 each.

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Hazelnut praline: The hazelnut mousseline comprised of layers of vanilla cake, crispy wafers, hazelnut dacquoise, thin dark chocolate ganache and a hint of rum. The coating on top has a nice gooey texture, like caramel. The mousse was smooth and moist, the wafer provided a fun crunch, and the vanilla cake was firm and dry, but not in an unpleasant way. In fact, all the textural components and flavours came together to create the masterpiece that it is.

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Crispy chocolate raspberry: This cake encompasses dark Manjari chocolate-raspberry mousse, light vanilla Bavarian, chocolate sacher cake and crispy hazelnut wafer. The flavours of raspberry and chocolate were a perfect marriage. Neither outshined the other. The fresh tartness of the raspberry complimented the bittersweetness of the dark chocolate. I just wish that the individual cake was coated in ganache like their whole cake instead of dusted in cocoa powder. It really makes difference.

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Exotic cheesecake: This light cheesecake combines flavours of fresh passion fruit, mango and orange zest. The cheesecake was super smooth and creamy and had a classic graham base. The invigorating taste of passion fruit and juicy tropical taste of mango really compliments this piece of art. However, I didn’t like the coconut finishing. It does add a more exotic touch to the cake, but I’m just not big on dried coconut flakes.

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Passion fruit milk chocolate: Light milk chocolate mousse, refreshing passion fruit cream, crispy hazelnut wafer & soft almond cake. This cake looks more modest than the others, but it definitely delivers in flavour. The components of this cake is similar to crispy chocolate raspberry, except this one is slightly sweeter. And again, the crispy wafer just provides a nice contrast to the smooth textures of the mousse. The passion fruit was delectable, neither overpowering or artificial. Flavour wise, I think I actually prefer the passion fruit over raspberry, but I may just be biased because I love passion fruit flavour desserts.

All the cakes I’ve tried from Thomas Haas were delicious. They’re balanced, delicate, and intricately crafted. Nothing is heavy nor too sweet. This may actually be a problem for me because it’s so easy to over indulge on these fine, scrumptious treats. They’re just that good.

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THOMAS HAAS
+1 604 736 1848
Kitsilano
2539 West Broadway, Vancouver

Cheesecake, Etc.

No dinner is complete without dessert, and no birthday is complete without cake, so naturally, after the girls and I finished up dinner at Suika, we set foot into the pouring rain and marched forth to Cheesecake, Etc.

Cheesecake, Etc. has a very romantic and antique-y atmosphere. It’s dimly lit and accented with red candle light. Occasionally, the owner can be found serenading the guests on the piano. On the other hand, service here is quite atrocious, it’s difficult to get anyone’s attention. Sometimes the staff take forever to even come by your table to take your order and forever to get the cake to you considering everything is premade. Their menu selection is small, but I usually always order the original with strawberry sauce anyway. I’ve tried other flavours, but none of them compared to the original.

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A plain slice of cake is $5 plus but can range to $7 depending on the sauce. Their cheesecakes here do not have a crust, so don’t be expecting that graham goodness that most cheesecakes are constituted of. My original was light, soft, creamy, smooth and full of cheesecake flavour. Think more mousse and less New York cheesecake. If you like your cheesecakes dense, Cheesecake, Etc. is not for you. Both the whip and the strawberry sauce is homemade. It’s fresh and not too sweet. I love the chunks of strawberries in the sauce. Though it’s good, I must say that it’s undeniably overpriced.

We were all stuffed to the brim and were in a state of food coma after clearing our plates. KitKat, being the kind soul that she is, offered to drive us home. Needless to say, it was a heavy load and it probably took a lot more gas than usual to get us all to our destinations.

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CHEESECAKE, ETC.
+1 604 734 7704
Fairview
Granville Street, Vancouver