I don’t know of too many higher-end French style patisseries in Vancouver. So far, I’ve been to the popular Thomas Haas and Chez Christophe, both of which were great. There’s Ganache Patisserie, which I personally found to be grossly overrated. There’s Faubourg, which I really NEED to revisit before being able to give an opinion (you know, for proper “research” purposes). And then there’s Thierry. I’ve actually been to the latter before, more than a year ago (and before I decided to start blogging). I’ve tried their Chocolate Marquise cake, which I remember quite enjoying. However, since it has been a long time I felt that a re-visit is warranted in order for me to be able to form a fair opinion of the plate. So I re-visited this place recently – for research purposes of course (and NOT because I just wanted an excuse to eat a bunch of pastries). For my most recent visit, I sampled their Chocolate Eclair, Tiramisu, and Chocolate Tart. I also picked up an Almond Croissant for my mom.
Chocolate Eclair ($6.75):
This consisted of choux dough that’s filled with pastry chocolate cream and coated in a layer of chocolate. This was a simple dessert that was made very well. The pastry was tender and filled with a generous amount of smooth chocolate pastry cream. The chocolate coating was definitely of high quality, and just melted in my mouth without any bit of waxiness. It had a great bittersweet flavour that complimented the slightly sweeter pastry cream very well.
This consisted of layers of cake soaked in coffee liquor, sandwiching mascarpone sabayon, and was surrounded by pieces of high quality dark chocolate. The mascarpone was light and creamy while the cake just melted in my mouth, and had a fantastic scent of coffee. This is a seriously fantastic version of the dessert.
Chocolate Tart ($8.95):
This consisted of a sweet dough crust that’s filled with 55% chocolate. Like the eclair, this was quite simple/basic. The chocolate ganache was smooth, melted in my mouth, and had a great bittersweet flavour. The crust was tender and cut easily, although I did find it to be quite bland – I would have liked a bit of sweetness or salt.
Almond Croissant ($4.45):
My mom had this. She really enjoyed it.
I’m glad to have made a revisit to Thierry; their pastries have been truly fantastic. While their prices are quite high, they aren’t as outrageous as some other places *cough* Ganache Patisserie *cough*, and I personally think that their food tastes better. All in all, this is a great place that rivals that of Thomas Haas in terms of quality, and I highly recommend checking them out if you’re willing to pay a bit extra cash.