I visited Plaisir Sucre this week after hearing some rave reviews of this bakery/cafe on Yelp, with one in particular that has described their chocolate torte as “life-changing”. Now, I’ve had some absolutely WONDERFUL desserts in the past. One of my favourite desserts, and probably what I’d pick for my last meal, is the Chocolate Decadence cake from Trafiq. But that cake didn’t change my life. I mean I’m still an awkward, overweight, struggling graduate student who’s still dependent on my parents for financial support and completely clueless on what I’m going to do in the future. Can any dessert (or any other food) be actually life changing? Well, there was only one way to find out, and that is of course visiting Plaisir Sucre. I was fortunate too: they did have their aforementioned life-changing Chocolate Torte available when I visited (considering my type of luck, I wouldn’t have been surprised at all of it wasn’t). In addition to the Chocolate Torte, I also picked up an Almond Torte and an Eclair.
Chocolate Torte ($3.95):
This consisted of a crispy crust filled with a chocolate mousse and topped with a layer of chocolate ganache. The mousse was creamy, and the chocolate seemed to be of good quality and was not waxy. My favourite part was the crust however; it appears to be made up of some kind of cereal and had a wonderful crunch. While I certainly didn’t think that the dessert’s the greatest thing ever (much less “life-changing”) it was still fantastic, and I highly recommend it to any chocolate lovers.
Almond Torte ($3.90):
This consisted of a short-bread crust filled with almond paste and topped with pears and cherries. The crust was relatively tender and had a nice buttery flavour. The almond filling was creamy, fragrant and mildly sweet. The slices of pear were tender, but still had some texture while the cherries were bright and tart. I personally found the flavours to be a bit too mild for my liking, but it’s probably a great option for those who prefer something less sweet.
This was filled with a chocolate custard/pudding and glazed with melted chocolate. The amount of filling in this was very generous, and I got plenty in every bite. It was creamy and sweet, though not overly so. Once again, the chocolate glaze appears to be of good quality, and was not at all waxy.
Okay, so my visit to Plaisir Sucre hasn’t exactly done anything to change my life. However, that doesn’t detract from how good the bakery is. The prices are also very reasonable, and the staff are quite friendly. I highly recommend checking this place out if you’re in the neighbourhood.
Recommendations: Chocolate Torte, Eclair