I’m a pretty impatient person. I get pretty bad cases of “bus rage” whenever I take public transit (which is literally everyday) and the bus is late and/or too full. My most recent instance occurred during my attempt to visit Camellia Tea & Coffee, a cafe/bakery located in Burnaby, not too far from Metrotown. To get there, I had to take the skytrain from Metrotown to the next stop, Royal Oak. Unfortunately, being the unlucky person that I am, I happened to go on the morning that the trains were apparently experiencing technical difficulties and were apparently running one lane, meaning that I had to wait about 20 minutes for a train to finally arrive. F***.
Fortunately, I did eventually manage to reach my destination, where I was greeted by a small display case of pretty-looking cakes and other desserts. I decided to get a selection of their cakes (London Fog Cheesecake, Berry Forest, Caramelized Almond Chocolate, Hazelnut Chocolate, Strawberry & Cranberry, and Black Sesame), as well as an Almond Croissant.
London Fog Cheesecake ($5.95):
This was served with a small side of cream and berry sauce. I loved the cake: the filling was smooth and creamy, with a wonderful tangy flavour as well as a great fragrance of Earl grey. It was the lighter, fluffier variety as opposed to the dense New York style. The berry sauce was a bit watery for my liking, but had a nice sweet and tangy flavour, while the cream was fresh and had a nice, mild sweetness.
Almond Croissant ($3.65):
The croissant was tender, buttery, and quite flaky. The dough itself had a nice, slightly salty flavour while the almond paste inside was sweet and fragrant. It was not double-baked, and was hence, not as crispy, but still tasty.
Berry Forest Cake ($6.75):
This consisted of two thin layers of cake sandwiching custard and topped with berries. The cake itself is tender and moist, while the custard was light and mildly sweet. The berries had a nice tangy flavour and fragrance.
Caramelized Almond Chocolate Cake ($5.95):
This contained layers of chocolate cake sandwiching almond flavoured buttercream. The cake was quite tender and moist, with a nice bittersweet flavour. The buttercream was filled with nuts, and as very fragrant, but was a bit greasy. The candied nuts were fantastic however, and was crunchy with a fantastic fragrance.
Hazelnut Chocolate Cake ($6.25):
This consisted of layers of cake sandwiching hazelnut and chocolate flavoured frosting. The cake was very tender and moist, while the frosting had a nice fragrance of hazelnut as well as pieces of the nut mixed in. It was not overly artificial either, as can sometimes happen with hazelnut flavoured desserts. I did find the flavour to be just a bit one-note however; I personally could have done with a bit more chocolate to compliment the hazelnut.
Strawberry & Cranberry Cake ($4.95):
The cake itself was quite dense, but moist. The icing was a tad greasy, but had a nice fragrance of strawberries and a slight tanginess.
Black Sesame Cake ($5.50):
This consisted of layers of black sesame cake and icing. The cake was tender and moist, and had a great fragrance of sesame. It was not very sweet, but had a nice, nutty flavour from the sesame. This is a great dessert for someone wanting something a bit lighter.
In spite of the difficulties that I had reaching my destination, I have to say that the food at Camellia Tea & Coffee was worth the approximately 30 minute wait for the skytrain. Their prices are also fairly reasonable. This is a place that I’d definitely recommend checking out.