Although I go to Metrotown quite often, I really don’t know the vast majority of the shops located at the mall. That’s mostly because I don’t explore much; my rounds generally consists of just Superstore and occasionally T&T. I didn’t know about the existence of Manzano Europa Bakery until recently. They are located on the ground floor, not far from The Bay offering a very good variety of cakes, pastries and other treats. I had their Hazelnut Roll, Orange Ricotta Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Chocolate Truffle Cake and Lemon Tart.
Hazelnut Roll ($2.99):
This was a piece of sponge cake enclosing cream, and contained pieces of hazelnuts inside. The cake itself was quite tender, albeit just a tad on the dry side. The cream was light and quite sweet. I really enjoyed the pieces of hazelnuts, which lent a great texture and fragrance.
Orange Ricotta Cake ($2.99):
This was layers of orange-flavoured sponge cake sandwiching ricotta filling. The cake was quite tender, albeit a tad on the dry side. It had a nice flavour of orange that was not too overwhelming or artificial. I did find the ricotta filling to be just a bit on the gummy side, but still enjoyable.
Pumpkin Cheesecake ($3.49):
The cheesecake was of the softer, fluffier variety. It was creamy with a nice bit of spice, and was filled with cranberries, which provided tartness. I did find it to be a tad on the bland side, and the crust was also a bit gummy.
The cake had a wonderful fragrance of coffee/liquor, and was light and luscious. I did find the lady fingers to be a bit on the dry side; I would have liked them to be a bit more soaked/soggy.
Chocolate Truffle Cake ($3.69):
The cake was filled with chocolate mousse that’s studded with chocolate shavings, and was coated in chocolate ganache. The mousse was fluffy and creamy, and had a fantastic bittersweet flavour. I did find the chocolate to be just a tad waxy, but still very enjoyable.
Lemon Torte ($3.19):
I didn’t actually eat this; I gave it to my mom since she saw me coming in with the package and I kinda felt guilty about eating everything myself. She quite liked it.
I’m very glad to have found Manzoa Europa Bakery; their cakes, while not mind-blowing, were still quite tasty. Their prices are also very reasonable. This is definitely a place that I’d recommend checking out.