Something a little different for you all today – a post about desserts from a bakery in Yaletown.
I have been hearing so much about Ganache Patisserie over the past few months, and thus kept having a craving to try it out. I took a look at their website online and noticed that beyond their regular desserts, cakes and pastries, they also make fresh croissants daily from Friday through Sunday.
So, as soon as I heard that, I was intent on going during the weekend in order to try some out. It took me over a month to make it though, as when Friday would roll around, I constantly forgot until I marked it in my calendar finally for the upcoming week. The sad thing is, I live so nearby it’s ridiculous. Beyond ridiculous.
I walked into the store and immediately started drooling over their showcase and cake displays in the window. They make custom wedding cakes, that need to be ordered months in advance to ensure availability, and even the simple ones that I saw that day were beautiful.
After the first five minutes, while the girl at the counter was helping another customer, I started to look in distress as I couldn’t see any croissants anywhere. It turned out they were atop the showcase in two trays, separated between chocolate, almond, and plain versions of the pastry. I have heard that some days, they’ll be sold out mid-morning, so I was hoping that that wouldn’t be the case after all of my failed attempts so far.
The almond croissant was absolutely divine! It was so good, I almost went back the same afternoon for more, although I actually ended up waiting until the next morning after my yoga class instead. I managed a full day of restraint before heading back. The outside was crispy, and the abundance of almond filling and slivered almonds on top were just perfect. If you saw my kitchen, you’d notice that I’m a bit of an almond fan to begin with, as I have almond biscotti, almond syrup for my decaf lattes and steamed milk, and almond wafer sticks sitting beside my espresso machine.
The chocolate croissant, on the other hand, didn’t really stand out much to me. There wasn’t a whole lot of it inside, beyond two small thin tubes through the middle. The croissant itself was cooked perfectly, but I just didn’t think that this quite did the trick, and have heard that I should try the ones available at Thomas Haas instead one of these days.
For me, the almond croissant from Ganache is just another reason to love Fridays.
Food (Croissants only):
Atmosphere: N/A – all takeout except for one table in the corner
Price: On the pricey side for desserts. While this doesn’t work with my regular pricing guide scale, I’d say that it’s definitely at the high end of things, as the almond croissant was $3.25 and the chocolate one was $2.75. The other desserts were definitely up there as well.