I get mixed feelings when I’m undercharged. On one hand, I’m a broke graduate student AND a (somewhat) cheap Asian, and I do like saving money. On the other hand, I do feel quite guilty about ripping off/taking advantage of a shop. This happened to me during my recent visit to A La Mode. The latter is a small shop in the Granville Island Public Market specializing in sweet and savoury pies. During my visit there, I had their Key Lime Sliced Pie, Chocolate Individual Tart and Macadamia Nut Tart. I initially wanted their Coconut Cream Sliced Pie, but they apparently didn’t have any ready yet. Not wanting to have to wait 1 hr, I decided to get their Pecan Sliced Pie. Now, the guy at the till took quite some to rung me up, and I did notice him struggling with the prices. When I got my receipt, I noticed that he charged me $5.60 for everything, even though the prices on the board for their Pecan and Key Lime Pies were $7.15 and $7.52 respectively. And…I didn’t go back and correct the mistake (I’m an awful person :().
Chocolate Individual Tart ($5.60):
Although the shortbread looked a bit blond, it was quite tender , albeit very crumbly. The chocolate ganache was quite good, melted in my mouth, and had a nice bittersweet flavour. I do find there to be a bit too much crust vs. filling.
Macadamia Nut Tart ($5.60):
This was similar to a pecan tart, except with macadamia nuts. The crust was tender and flaky. It was filled chock-full of macadamia, which were fresh, crunchy and had a wonderful rich flavour, and was coated in a thick gooey sugar. This is the first time that I’ve had a macadamia tart, and I seriously wish people would use this nut more often, its freaking fantastic!
Pecan Sliced Pie ($5.60, listed as $7.15):
The crust once again was quite tender and flaky, although I did find the outer edge to be a bit too thick and overbaked. The filling was gooey and had a great caramel flavour, and a very generous amount of pecans. It was quite sweet – I personally didn’t mind, but I think it might be a bit too much for others.
Key Lime Sliced Pie ($5.60, listed as $7.55):
The filling was smooth, creamy and sweet, with a texture that’s similar too that of a cheesecake, while the breadcrumb crust cut easily had had a nice, slightly moist texutre. I quite enjoyed the whipped cream as well, which seemed to have a slightly tangy flavour. I did find the filling to be lacking somewhat in lime flavour: I would have preferred there to be a bit more tang.
I really enjoyed all the food I had at A La Mode. Price-wise, I found the costs for some of their tarts to be steep; however, the Macadamia Nut Tart was a good deal considering that macadamias are expensive, and they really load a lot of in the tart. All in all, I’d recommend checking this shop out if you are in the area.