From the outside, this unassuming white building may be nothing fancy, in fact, rather dull compared to the Main Street scene nowadays. Walk through the doors however, and you will think otherwise. The pastries are eye-candy, more artful and seamless than what was previously carried by the old ownership. Brilliant use of colours, quality ingredients (they use vahlrona chocolate!), and a few goodies that I haven’t seen anywhere in Vancouver. For example, the totoro cookie and hummingbird cake… the latter has me drooling. The place is perfect for afternoon tea with a girlfriend or a new lunch spot to venture to; the atmosphere is just so charming.
On my visit, I had their tuna nicoise sandwich, quiche, and the pulla. The quiche was definitely my favourite, mile-high and flavourful with a buttery, flaky crust. It’s very similar to Faubourg’s, just less crust, more filling. The pulla was nothing spectacular, perhaps because I had high expectations from the description and appearance. It’s a good cinnamon bun, not too sweet but not too memorable either. I just so happened to come in when they were featuring their new special sandwich, the tuna nicoise. The bread is freshly-baked, which is wonderful, filled with a generous portion of tuna salad and fresh greens. The filling wasn’t heavy unlike most places that use a heavy dose of mayonnaise to bring flavour. This was well-balanced.
Personally, it’s the perfect addition the ‘hood. I know there are quite a few bakeries already in the area, some off the top of my head include Coco et Olive (which it is adjacent to), The Last Crumb, Batard Bakery, and Float On Bakeshop. Yet, this one has character and flair, and brings something different to the table.