I didn’t think that I’d find a place more overpriced than Ganache Patisserie, but then I visisted 3 Quarters Full. The latter is a small bakery/restaurant located near English Bay offering various Asian/Taiwainese style breakfast/lunch items, including a good assortment of buns and cakes. Being the massive sugarholic that I am, I was primarily interested in their desserts and ended up purchasing a Naidong Roll (Original with Strawberry), Mille Crepe Cake (Uji Matcha with Red Bean), Tiramisu, and Dirty Cake. Now they did not have the prices of their pastries being shown, so just imagine my shock when the bill came to almost $40. Yes, $40 for four TINY slices of cakes (think 1/2-1/3 the size of those that I get from Cadeaux or Trafiq for less than $7 a slice). WTF! Of course, I was WAY too embarrassed to cancel my order by then, so I just grinned and beared the pain, and parted with my cash.
Naidong Roll (Original with Strawberry, $7.50):
This was a swiss roll consisting of a sponge cake that’s filled with cream, a piece of jello, and a strawberry. The sponge cake itself was pretty good: light, fluffly, mildly sweet, and was not overly dry. Although I’m not normally a huge fan of jello, I actually enjoyed it here, which was not overly stiff and had a nice fragrance. The flavours here are mild,
Mille Crepe Cake (Uji Matcha with Red Bean, $13):
This consisted of layers of matcha-flavoured crepe sandwiching cream and red bean filling. This was the first time that I’ve had this type of dessert before, and I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The crepe was quite tender, with a slightly chewy texture, and had a wonderful aroma of matcha. The red bean filling was mildly sweet, slightly starchy, and paired very well with the green tea.
This consisted of layers of coffee flavoured cake sandwiching cream/mousse. The cake was quite soft, light and fluffy, and had a nice bit of bitterness. I did find the coffee flavour to be a little weak however, and I do wish that they could have used a bit more liquor as I like my cake to be more moist in a tiramisu.
The Dirty Cake ($8.95):
This consisted of their plain, matcha, and chocolate cake, sandwiching layers of cake and topped with chocolate glaze. Each of the cakes were quite soft and fluffy, although I can’t really taste much of their individual flavours. The cream was light, and mildly sweet. This was just fine; nothing memorable/special.
Now, I will give credit where it’s due: I did actually quite like the cakes from 3 Quarters Full. Furthermore, the staff members are quite friendly. When I entered, the lady working behind the counter greeted me and took me through their menu and explained everything to me (although I sure do wish that she could have told me the freaking prices of the cakes!). However, the outrageous pricing have literally left a bad taste in my mouth, and I honestly cannot recommend this place for their desserts, not when there are at least a dozen other great Asian-style bakeries around offering just as tasty cakes at a fraction of the cost.
Recommendations: N/A (Mille Crepe Cake, Naidong Roll if you’ve got money to burn)