I had the worst case of bus rage recently, during a visit to Incognito Coffee. The shop is located on Granville Street Downtown. The street appeared to have gotten shut down a number of times in recent months, and being the unlucky idiot I am, I went on a day when the street was shutdown. Now, I was able to reach the spot without too much of a hitch; I just had to walk a few extra blocks from Seymour. The shop was very small, with only a few seats inside (they do have a couple of tables outside the shop). They have a menu of European-style sandwiches, pastries, and drinks (they did also use to serve perogies, but unfortunately, they seem to have taken them off of the menu). I tried their Large Chocolate Raspberry Cookie, Ricotta Cheese Filled Burek, Incognito Cake, Apple Square, Lamington, and also a Pistachio Croissant for my mom.
Large Chocolate Raspberry Cookie ($4.50):
This consisted of two shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate and sandwiching a filling of raspberry preserves. The cookies had a nice tender, crumbly texture. I really enjoyed the raspberry preserves, which provided a tartness that matched well with the sweetness of the chocolate. It was a bit messy to eat as the cookies do tend to crumble quite easily and the chocolate also tends to melt in your hands, so I’d recommend eating this while you’re sitting down.
Ricotta Cheese Filled Burek ($4.75):
This consisted of phylo pastry enclosing a filling of ricotta cheese and twisted into a spiral. The phylo had a nice crispness on the outside, while the interior was more soft and chewy. There was a good amount of ricotta filling, which was savoury and creamy. I did find the pastry to be just a bit one-note flavour-wise,
Incognito Cake ($5.25):
This consisted of a chocolate cake that’s flavoured with rum and cherry, and sprinkled with shredded coconut. The cake had a nice, fudgy texture. It wasn’t really sweet, but quite tart from the cherry, and had a nice fragrance of liquor. The coconut also lent a nice bit of fragrance and texture. I do wish that the chocolate flavour could be a bit more forward as I found the cherry to be a bit overwhelming.
Apple Square ($4.75):
This consisted of a cake-like base sandwiching a layer of apples. The cake was quite soft and moist while the apples were tender, and had a nice fragrance of cinnamon. I would have preferred it to be a bit sweeter.
The cake was very tender and moist. The chocolate was not waxy, while the coconut provided a nice fragrance and texture.
Pistachio Croissant ($3.75):
I quite enjoyed the pastries at Incognito Coffee. Their prices are also fairly reasonable. Unfortunately, my trip back from the place was less than enjoyable: the buses were supposed to be re-routed to Hornby, but after waiting about half an hour without any buses (other than Not In Service ones) and getting severe bus rage in the process, I decided to try my luck with the 44 on Burrard. But of course, as luck would have it, they had apparently changed their bus stops, and the stop where the 44 usually went was no longer available; I ended up walking several blocks before I finally found a stop (I guess it’s worth burning off some of the calories from the pastries, eh?)
Recommendations: Large Chocolate Raspberry Cookie, Incognito Cake, Lamington