Honestly, I can’t help but wonder why there are so many cafes/coffee shops around here. Not only are there chains down every block (Starbucks, Blenz, Tim Hortons, Artigiano, JJ Bean etc.), but we’ve also got a ton of independent ones too. It’s not that I’ve got anything against them; I just can’t help but wonder why the demand for them here is so high.
Anyways, one coffee shop that I’m glad to have visited is Nemesis Coffee, which is located on Hastings in Gastown. They have a pretty tidy and spacious interior, and in addition to coffee and drinks, serve up a menu of breakfast/lunch items as well as baked goods. I had tried their Pistachio Kouign Amann, Scone, Classic Chocolate Cashew & Sea Salt Cookie, and Almond Bostock.
Pistachio Kouign Amann ($4.25):
The outer layer of pastry was crispy, rich and caramelized while the interior was soft and moist. The pistachio paste was mildly sweet and had a nice fragrance.
The scone appeared to contain some green onions, bacon, and cheese (their flavours appear to vary daily). The interior was tender and quite moist. It had a nice savoury flavour without being too salty.
Classic Chocolate Cashew & Sea Salt Cookie ($3.25):
The cookie had a nice crispy exterior, while tender and moist on the interior. The chocolate was not waxy and melted in my mouth, and quite well distributed throughout the cookie. The sea salt on top provided a nice bit of salty flavour to contrast the sweetness. I could have done with a bit more cashew.
Almond Bostock ($4.50):
This consisted of a cake that’s filled with berry preserves and topped with almonds. I actually didn’t have this; my mom did. She really enjoyed it, and said that it was very buttery.
While I’m personally not a big patron of cafes (I’m not particularly keen on shelling out >$3 for a cup of Joe), I am really glad for the existence of Nemesis Coffee. Their pastries have all been superb and worth the prices. This is a place that’s definitely worth a trip.