Note to self: when going to a shop that you’ve never been to before, check the location on Google maps. That was the lesson that I’ve learned during a recent trip to Middlegate Aroma Bakehouse. The latter was located in Burnaby, on the eastern part of Kingsway. I’ve never been to the area before, and only followed the bussing directions on translink. When I reached the area however, I just could not locate the bakery. After spending about fifteen minutes walking up and down the area where it was supposed to be at, I finally figured out that the bakery as actually located upstairs of a strip of shops in a “Highgate Village”. *Facepalm*. The shop was a European-style bakery offering various cakes, cookies and other pastries. I got several of their cakes (Tiramisu, Chocolate, Mango, and Matcha Mousse) and a Sesame and Almond Florentine.
Almond Florentine ($2.99):
This was a crispy cookie that’s filled with sliced almonds and coated on the bottom with chocolate. The cookie was thin, incredibly crunchy, and melted in my mouth while the almonds had a nice fragrance. My mom had the sesame version and said that it was very fragrant (and similar to some cookies that we have in China).
Tiramisu Mousse ($4.99):
This was a bit different from what you’d expect from a typical tiramisu: it consisted of coffee mousse and sponge cake sitting on top of a biscuit, and was topped with marshmallow. I found the coffee flavour to be a bit weak, and I’m not really sure if the marshmallow paired well with the coffee (it was also a bit on the sweeter side). It really did not remind me of an actual tiramisu, but it was still tasty.
Matcha Mousse ($4.99):
This came decorated with a matcha macaron, which had become a bit soggy on the bottom, but was still crispy on the top and was quite sweet. The cake itself consisted of matcha-flavoured mousse on top of a biscuit, and was decorated with some shredded coconut. The mousse was thick and creamy; I did find the matcha flavour to be a bit subtle. The biscuit was tender and crumbly. The coconut lent a nice fragrance that paired well with the green tea.
Mango Mousse ($4.99):
This was decorated with leafs of chocolate. The mousse was creamy and fluffy, with a great fragrance of mango. The biscuit was tender and crumbly. I did find the chocolate to be a tad waxy and stale.
Chocolate Mousse ($5.50):
Like the matcha cake, this came topped with a chocolate macaron. The mousse here as again creamy, with a great bittersweet flavour. The biscuit was tender and crumbly.
I was pretty impressed by the treats at Middlegate: the cakes were all quite tasty, as well as the florentine cookies. Their prices are also quite reasonable. This is a bakery that’s definitely worth a visit: just don’t be an idiot like me and go up the stairs to find it.