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):
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):
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):
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):
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):
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):
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.