We sampled a few things from Bel Café because of convenience. I was told their Almond Croissant won some kind of award and they only offered it twice a week, so I gave it a try. It was a good Almond Croissant with enough Almond paste, but too much powder sugar on the top. I don’t know why bakeries love powder sugar so much? Their Plain Croissant was not good at all; it was not flakey and buttery enough. My brother had the breakfast sandwich before he left for the airport and he said it was fine. My mom had the Honey Bran Muffin and my father had the Strawberry Rhubarb & Ricotta Danish. They both liked it. We had the Dark Hot Chocolate right before we left for airport. At first the temperature was off and I asked them to warm it. The second try was better and it had a nice deep chocolate flavor.
Earl Gray Tea
Tiramisu crème, 70% dark Chocolate Mousse, Lady Finger Biscuit, Espresso Syrup
Lemon Crème, Lemon Curd, Mandarin Oranges, Almond Dacquoise
70% Dark Chocolate Mousse, Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mousse, Saké-Vanilla Crème Brulee, Saké Sacher Sponge
Wow, what a delicious way to end our trip in Vancouver. This bakery was located in the Yaletown area of Vancouver, very close to Opus hotel, where we stayed 10 years ago. Too bad this bakery was not around back then. If only we knew how great and tasty this Patisserie would be, we would have come here more than once. I took a picture of their whole case so I can look at it and wish I could have one of those beauties. I have never seen such a large selection of pastries anywhere. Ok, enough gushing and on to what we had. My mom had the Tiramisu-Chocolat and even though the description mentioned, 70% dark chocolate mousse, to me that was the only choice that didn’t win us over. It wasn’t anything exciting. My father’s choice was much better. He had the Citron-Mandarine; it had great mandarin and lemon taste with Almond Dacquoise. I picked Chocolat Framboise for my husband and it was amazing. It had Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mousse, Saké-Vanilla Crème Brulee and Saké Sacher Sponge. What a lovely combination and very delicious. I picked the Chocolat Velouté; it had 70% Dark Chocolate Mousse and Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee. Wow that was like dying and going to chocolate heaven. I also bought a bag of their caramels. It came in Vanilla, Passion Fruit and Chocolate flavors. They were good, but not as great as the ones from Jacques Genin in Paris. I know my brother is going to hate reading this review, because he had to fly home earlier that day and missed Ganache Patisserie.
Marcel Barbeau, Naja 2010
Patrick Hughes, Internity 2008
Holger Kallberg, Apparat 5 2010
Ray Nataro, The Messenger 2010
Nathan Birch, Cricket Stop 2010
Guido Molinari, G.M.P.-470
Jack Shadbolt, Modular Variation J (122), Modular Variation R (116)
Curated and developed by Farmboy Fine Arts, the stunning collection was one of the largest private collections in Canada and included masterpieces by emerging local talent alongside legends like Douglas Coupland, Alan Wood, Marcel Barbeau, Derek Root, Guido Molinari and Jack Shadbolt–fittingly across from the Vancouver Art Gallery.
This was our last brunch in Vancouver. Forage was located in the West End area of Vancouver inside Listel Hotel. I had the Dungeness Crab, Charred Onion, Poached Egg, Cress with Croutons. I enjoyed the taste of Cress which is a leafy vegetable. The dish as a whole was fine, but nothing exciting. My adventurous mom, dad and husband all had the Salmon Bowl!! It came with Wild Rice, Pickled Blueberry gel and very unique Sea Asparagus. Service was friendly.
Beyond Bread Sourdough
Onion Butter, Olive Oil
Beets, Radishes, Yogurt, Horseradish
Smoked Spring Salmon, Nasturtium, Beets
Grilled Octopus, Chorizo, Peppers, Potatoes, Parsley
Olive Oil Poached Ling Cod, Whey Sauce, Dill oil
Poached Egg, Brandade, Pine nuts, Black Olives
Sakura Farm Pork Chop, Chanterelles, Apricot, Chutney Jus
This was our last dinner in Vancouver and we were tired because we had walked for miles that day. I am glad I had made reservation two weeks prior, since the whole place was booked. We started with Smoked Castelvatrano Olives and it was very tasty and for what ever reason it reminded me of Chocolate. Their Sourdough bread with Onion Butter was pretty good. Beets with Radishes, Yogurt and Horseradish was not only pretty on the plate it was very tasty and refreshing. Smoked Salmon, Nasturtium and Beets was the tastiest smoked Salmon I have had and the plating looked very pleasing to they eyes. Grilled Octopus, Chorizo, Peppers, Potatoes and Parsley was very flavorful. Olive Oil Poached Ling Cod with Whey Sauce and Dill oil was very bland and forgettable. Poached Egg, Brandade, Pine nuts and Black Olives was a delicious and comforting dish. Our last course was the Sakura Farm Pork Chop, Chanterelles, Apricot with Chutney Jus. The pork itself was fine, but combined with the very tasty Apricot was pretty good. Service was fine and four out of five of us had their lemon grass drink and when we got the bill we noticed that we were charged for four bottles of water. We probably had two bottles at the most and even though the cost was very low, still that practice left a little bad taste in our mouth.
It seemed like most places on my list were located very close to each other in the Gastown area of Vancouver. After our breakfast at Café Medina, we stopped here to pick up some donuts, so later on we could snack on it while visiting Stanley park and Queen Elizabeth Park. I was disappointed that they didn’t have the Triple Chocolate Threat.
The Mexican Mole was Four kinds of chilis, cumin, coriander, star anise, cinnamon, dark chocolate. It was very good and had complex flavor. The Bee Sting was a savory one and had Parmesan, Black Pepper and Honey. It was very unique and delicious. The Earl Grey was a tasty cake donut infused with an organic Earl Grey Tea, topped with Earl Grey Glaze and a sprinkling of Rose Petals. It had a great flavor, but the glaze was a little sweet for me. My father had the Maple Glaze, it was a yeast donut topped with Maple Glaze and spiced walnut. My brother had the Coconut Cream and he liked it. He also had the Salted Caramel; it was a Chocolate Donut topped with sweet buttery Caramel and course sea salt but he felt it was too sweet.