Ever since finding an alternative route to the Burnaby Heights via 49 and 130, I’ve been more keen on visiting the restaurants/bakeries in that region. A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit the Valley Bakery. More recently, I was able to visit Fortuna Bakery. The latter is a Portuguese/Italian bakery located on East Hastings, that serve a large assortment of breads, pastries, cakes, and other baked goods. You take a number from the front counter and wait to be called. During my visit, I got to sample several of their cakes: Triple chocolate Tiger, Apple Cheesecake, Red Velvet, Carrot, Vanilla Slice (which I gave to my mom), and one simple named as “Cake Slice” (which I believe is a St. Honore Cake).
“Cake Slice” ($3.10):
This appears to be a St. Honore Cake, and consisted of sponge cake and custard in between some puff pastry, and is covered in cream and docrated with a small custard-filled cream puff. The cake was soft, light and luscious, and was mildly sweet with a nice fragrance. The cream tasted fresh and was lightly sweet. The cream puff was a bit soft, but had a generous amount of creamy custard inside. The only thing that I did not care for was the puff pastry, which had of course gone soggy from the custard and was difficult to cut through.
Triple Chocolate Tiger Cake ($2.30):
This consisted of layers of chocolate and vanilla cake sandwiching milk and white chocolate mousse, and was covered with milk and white chocolate ganache. The cake was dense but moist, and had a nice cocoat flavour, while the layers of mousse were creamy and sweet. This is a pretty flavourful and sweet dessert, and requires a bit of a sweet tooth to enjoy.
Apple Cheesecake ($2.20):
This consisted of layers of apple and cheesecake on top of a breadcrumb crust, and is topped with a strussel. The cheesecake strangely did not resemble a cheesecake at all – it was more like a thick, dry custard that was mildly sweet without much tang. The strussel was soft, but had some sweetness while the apples provided a nice bit of crunch. I also found the cake to be just a bit stale/freezer-burned. However, in spite of its flaws, I did still find it to be fairly enjoyable.
Red Velvet Cake ($3.10):
This was a straightfoward cake consisting of layers of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, as well as bits of chocolate cake. The layers of cake were dense, yet tender. I loved the bits of chocolate cake, which had a great fudgy flavour. I did also enjoy the cream cheese, which was luscious and sweet, although I do wish that it could be a bit tangier.
Carrot Cake ($3.10):
This is another straightforward cake consisting of layers of carrot cake sandwiching cream cheese frosting. The cake again was dense but moist and tender, and chock full of carrots, walnuts, and other pieces of fruit. It also had a nice bit of spice. Strangely, I actually enjoyed the frosting a bit more in this cake compared to the red velvet (even though they should be the same), and thought that it was a bit tangier.
Vanilla Slice ($3.10):
With the exception of the cheesecake, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the treats that I got from Fortuna Bakery. The prices are also a steal. The service was a bit slow: I had to wait probably 15 minutes to be served, but the staff are quite friendly. All in all, I really enjoyed my visit, and I HIGHLY recommend checking this place out.