The term “overrated” carries a pretty bad connotation. It seems that for some people overrated is the same as bad. I, however, have a different use for the term. To me, something can be overrated but still good, just not AS GOOD as most other people think it is. For instance, I enjoyed the first Avengers movie, but I didn’t think it’s nearly as awesome as everyone else says it is (and this is probably the last you’ll hear from me since I’m going to be lynched by Marvel fans. Please don’t kill me! I loved the latest Thor movie and I’m sure I’ll enjoy Infinity Wars!).
Anyways, I visited Ganache Patisserie this week. This is a French-style cakeshop located in Yaletown, near the skytrain station, that offers a great assortment of beautiful cakes. Unfortunately, although their desserts do look lovely, their prices are, well, less so. $7.75 for a tiny little cake?!? I mean come on! Not even Thomas Haas has prices this high. Unable to justify shelling out this much money, I ended up limiting myself to two cakes. I picked the Concorde Praline and Cube au Chocolat Cafe. I also picked up a Brioche aux Cannelle Raisins for my mom.
Concorde Praline ($7.75):
“Hazelnut cocoa meringe, chocolate guimauve, dark chocolate praline mousse, chocolate chantilly”
The meringe was light, crispy and chewy, and had a nice fragrance from the hazelnut. While I’m personally not the biggest fan of meringues, I think that this one’s pretty well made and will be appreciated by those who do. The mousse was creamy, with a rich chocolate flavour. The marshmallow was soft and fluffy, and melted in my mouth.
Cube au Chocolat Cafe ($7.75):
“Moist chocolate cake, Haiti 65% dark chocolate ganache, Haiti 65% dark chocolate mousseline, espresso buttercream”
The cake was dense, rich and chocolaty, although I did find it to be just a tad on the dry side. The buttercream had a lovely coffee flavour, but seemed to be slighlty stale with a mild freezer-burned taste.
Brioche aux Cannelle Raisins ($3.75):
This is essentially like a small cinnamon bun, composed of a brioche dough rolled with cinnamon sugar and raisins. I didn’t try this; I gave it to my mom. She seemed to enjoy it.
If you haven’t guessed by now from my intro to this post, I found Ganache Patisserie to be completely, utterly overrated. Don’t get me wrong though, I did enjoy the desserts overall and their staff is also very nice. However, I do find their prices to be outrageous. If you’re going to charge me almost $8 for a tiny piece of cake that’s only about 1/2-1/3 the size of a slice from Trafiq or Cadeaux it better be THE MOST FREAKING AMAZING piece of cake that I’ve ever tasted, and unfortunately, that was just not the case. While I don’t think that this is a bad bakery, I doubt that I’ll ever be returning.