Laurelle’s Fine Foods

Rounding out my review of the spots that I’ve recently visited in the Granville Island Public Market, I had a chance to visit Laurelle’s Fine Foods, a deli/bakery located in the Granville Island Public Market that serves a pretty impressive variety of savoury foods as well as pastries, cookies, cakes and other sweet treats. During my visit, I sampled their Tourtiere, Cheddar Cheese Scone, Almond Tart, Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownie, Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake and Carrot Cake.

Tourtiere ($5.95 Slice):


3.5/5
I quite enjoyed the crust, which was tender and flaky. There was also a very good amount of meat filling, which was very tender, juicy, and well-seasoned. My main issue is that I personally did not really like the spices that they used for the meat: I actually found it to be a bit pungent and unpleasant.

Cheddar Cheese Scone ($2.75):


2.5/5
The scone was a bit tough on the outside and just a tad on the dry side. I also found it to be a bit bland and underseasoned, although it did contain a good amount of cheddar cheese. It wasn’t bad, but not great either.

Almond Tart ($2.75):


3.5/5
The crust was quite tender and crumbly, and had a nice flavour. The filling of ground almonds/almond paste was mildly sweet, and had a nice fragrance of almonds.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownie ($3.25):


4/5
I really enjoyed the brownie, which was very dense and fudgy, and had a great, rich flavour of cocoa. The cream cheese lent some nice tanginess and creaminess to the chocolate. I did find the raspberry preserves to be a bit lacking however; I think that they could have added a bit more.

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake ($4.25):


3.5/5
The cheesecake was a bit on the lighter, fluffier side (I prefer denser NY variety), but did have a nice creaminess and tang. The chocolate coating was thankfully not waxy, but melted in my mouth. The breadcrumb crust was a bit grainy for my liking, but had a nice bit of cinnamon spice, which I appreciated.

Carrot Cake (Around $4):


3.5/5
The cake was quite moist, contained nuts, carrots and raisins, and a nice bit of spice. I did find it to be a bit overly bland on its own. The cream cheese frosting had a nice tanginess; I just wish there was a bit more of it to help with the somewhat tasteless cake.

While I didn’t really care for the scone at Laurelle’s Fine Foods, everything else was pretty decent. The prices are a tad on the higher side (as their treats are pretty small), but not outrageous either. This is a place that’s worth stopping by if you’re visiting the market.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Brownie
Laurelle's Fine Foods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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