Bao Place

The Bao Place is a small shop located on Kingsway, just across from Metrotown. As the name suggests, they specialize in steamed buns, which they offer in about a dozen varieties. I finally had a chance to check the place out during a recent visit to Superstore. I had their BBQ Delight, Buttermilk, Taro, Pork Deluxe, Curry Dynamite, and Belly Belly Pork buns, as well as a sample of their Chili Oil.

BBQ Delight ($3):


4/5
This was filled with ground pork in a bbq sauce. The bun looked a bit flat in appearance, but was actually quite light and fluffy. The pork was tender and juicy, and had a nice bit of sweetness.

Buttermilk ($2.50):


3.5/5
The filling was actually more custard-like, and contained coconut. It was on the sweeter side while the coconut provided a great fragrance.

Taro ($2.50):


3.5/5
The filling was quite creamy and mildly sweet. I did find the flavour here to be a tad subtle/mild, but it was still tasty.

Pork Deluxe ($3.75):


4/5
This was filled whit ground pork, sausage, egg, water chestnuts and other ingredients. The pork was very tender, juicy, and well-seasoned. The chestnuts provided a great texture while the egg provided a nice creaminess.

Curry Dynamite ($3):


3.5/5
This was filled with beef. The meat had a nice bit of heat, although I didn’t get much fragrance of the filling.

Belly Belly Pork ($3.25):


4/5
This was filled with pieces of pork belly. The pork was very tender and juicy. I did find it to be a tad on the underseasoned side.

Chili Oil:
This provided a really nice fragrance, richness as well as heat, and was a nice sauce for the bun to be dipped in.

I’m glad to have finally stopped by The Bao Place. Their buns, although a bit flat-looking, are nevertheless still soft and fluffy; the fillings are also tasty, and I quite enjoyed their chili oil. All in all this, is a spot that I think is worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: BBQ Delight, Pork Deluxe, Belly Belly Pork
Bao Place Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mon Paris

I go to Metrotown quite often, and each time, I’d pass by Mon Paris. They are a patisserie located just across the skytrain station that produces a pretty good assortment of chocolates, pastries, and pretty-looking cakes. I’ve visited the shop once before about a year ago and recently, decided to revisit the place. This time I had their Kouign-amann, Bacon and Cheese Bun, Double Baked Pistachio and Raspberry Croissant, Winter Special, Caramelia, Raspberry Caramel Tea Cake, and Almond Double Baked Croissant.

Kouign-amann ($3):


4/5
The pastry itself, while not melt-in-your-mouth, was still quite flaky and buttery, with a moist centre. The sugar outside the pastry was nicely caramelized and crispy.

Bacon and Cheese Bun ($3):


3.5/5
This wasn’t really a “bun”, but more of a croissant-like pastry dough that’s been rolled up into a spiral. It was a bit too hard/crisp, but did have a nice buttery flavour. It also had a good amount of bacon and cheddar.

Double Baked Pistachio and Raspberry Croissant ($4.70):


4.5/5
The croissant was well caramelized and had a great crispness on the edges, although the bottom was a bit soggy from the pistachio and raspberry filling. The pistachio flavour was quite forward: there was both paste inside the croissant and chopped pistachio on top. The raspberry jam had a great sweet fragrance and also tanginess that paired well with the pistachio.

Winter Special ($6):


4/5
This contained a thin layer of cake topped with mousse and a red current jelly. The cake was quite tender and moist while the mousse was light and fluffy. The red current jelly provided a great tanginess.

Caramelia ($6):


4/5
This contained a tart shell with apples and topped with caramel cream and mini cream puffs. The puffs were also filled with caramel cream, which was a bit stiff, bu thad a great fragrance and paired well with the apples, which were a little bland on their own, but provided a nice bit of crunch. I found the crust to be a little bland.

Raspberry Caramel Tea Cake ($5):


4/5
This consisted of a cake that’s surrounded by a layer of caramel/chocolate and topped with caramel cream and raspberries. The cake itself was quite moist. Again, the caramel cream on top was a tad bit stiff, but still tasty, while the raspberry provided a bit of tanginess that went well with the caramel. I really enjoyed the outer shell of caramel, which had a great crunch and fragrance, although it was a bit difficult to cut through.

Almond Double Baked Croissant ($4.90):

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Almond Double Baked Croissant

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My mom had this, and raved about how good it was. Big thumbs up from her.

I’m glad to have had the chance to revisit Mon Paris: I quite enjoyed everything they made, in particular the double baked croissants and cakes. The prices are a tad on the higher side, but still reasonable given the quality of their food. This is a shop that’s definitely worth checking out in my books.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Double Baked Croissants, Cakes
Mon Paris Patisserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Paul’s Sub Shop

Ever since the 49 got re-routed near Metrotown, I’ve been passing by Paul’s Sub Shop. They are a small casual joint that, as the name suggests, specializes in sandwiches, although they do also serve up various breakfast/lunch items. I had their Bacon Double Cheese Steak and Super Sub to go.

6″ Bacon Double Cheese Steak ($10):


4/5
This contained bacon, cheese, and ribeye steak, along with mayonnaise and barbeque sauce. I did have this to go, and unfortunately, the bread did get a soggy from being wrapped in foil. That was okay though, for I do actually like softer bread over crispy. Although it didn’t really look very big, it was quite heavy and loaded with filling. The meats were tender and flavourful, and I really enjoyed the barbecue sauce, which provided a great sweetness to accompany the salty meats.

6″ Super Sub ($10):


4/5
This contained steak, salami, capocollo and mushrooms. The sandwiches were seriously over-stuffed: I actually had trouble eating it since I’ve got a smaller mouth. The meats were all very flavourful and savoury, without being overly salty. Again, the bread did get a little soggy from the trip home, but was still tasty and actually held up well to all the filling.

I quite enjoyed the sandwiches at Paul’s Sub Shop. The prices were a bit on the higher side, but I do think that they are good quality and worth the cost. The food did take a little while to prepare, but I really can’t complain too much since there was just one slightly older lady (who was quite friendly) running the shop when I visited. All in all, this is a place that’s worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Bacon Double Cheese Steak, Super Sub
Paul's Sub Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Middlegate Aroma Bakehouse

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.

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Mango, Matcha, Chocolate, and Tiramisu Mousse cakes

Almond Florentine ($2.99):


4/5
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):


3.5/5
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):


4/5
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):


4/5
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):


4/5
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.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Florentine, Matcha Mousse, Mango Mousse, Chocolate Mousse
Aroma Bake House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

BJ Bakery & Deli

I (fortunately) don’t own a bakery. Apart from the certainty of bankruptcy within a week, I wouldn’t be able to come up with a good name for the bakery. One name that I definitely would NOT pick however is BJ since it invokes dirty thoughts in my head and definitely not tasty European-style pastries and desserts. But then again, maybe it’s because I’m an immature pervert.

As you probably have already inferred by now, there is a shop named BJ Bakery & Deli. The latter is located in Burnaby, a few blocks from the Royal Park Skytrain station. They serve a pretty good selection of European-style food, including cakes and pastries, savoury items like lasagna and sausage rolls, and sandwiches and soups (including frozen varieties that you can take home). I had several of their cakes: Tuxedo Truffle, Vanilla Lemon Polish Cheesecake, Black Forest, and Tiramisu. They didn’t have prices listed for most of the cakes, so I don’t know the exact cost, but the total came to just over $16 (so around $4 each).

Vanilla Lemon Polish Cheesecake (around $4):


3.5/5
This was a bit different from the types of the NY style cheesecake; it’s drier/crumblier and I think it’s made with quark cheese (instead of cream cheese). It wasn’t overly sweet, and had a nice fragrance of lemon. I did find the cake to be a bit too dry for my taste however.

Tuxedo Truffle Cake (around $4):


4/5
This consisted of layers sponge cake sandwiching white, milk and dark chocolate mousse. The layers of cake were quite tender and moist, while the mousse was thick, creamy and luscious. It is on the sweeter side, so only get this if you can tolerate sweeter goods.

Black Forest Cake (around $4):


4/5
This contained layers of chocolate cake sandwiching cream and cherry preserves. The cake was very tender and moist. The cream was just luscious while the cherries were tart without being tasting artificial.

Tiramisu (around $4):


4/5
The cake was again very tender and moist. The cream was thick and luscious, and there was a great fragrance and slight bitterness from coffee. This may not be the “authentic” type (i.e. with lady fingers), but it is still definitely very tasty.

In spite of the name (I’m going to venture out on a limb that it’s actually the initials of the owner(s)) I really enjoyed my visit to BJ. The cakes were all tasty, and their prices are more than reasonable. This is a place that’s definitely worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Cakes
BJ Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saint Germain Bakery (Metrotown)

I visit the Superstore in Metrotown quite frequently, and each time I do, I end up passing by St. Germaine. They are an Asian bakery with several locations throughout the Lower Mainland, with one being in Metrotown. I finally caved in and decided to check the place out recently. It was early when I went, and they still hadn’t put out about half of their goods, so the selection was a bit limited. I ended up getting their Curry Beef Turnover, BBQ Pork Roll, and Chicken Pie.

Curry Beef Turnover ($1.96):


3.5/5
The crust was quite flaky and savoury while the filling was fragrant, flavourful, and had a slight bit of heat/spice. I did find it to be a bit overly salty however.

BBQ Pork Roll ($1.96):


4/5
The crust was similar to that of the turnover; however, I actually found it to be even more flaky and rich. I also really enjoyed the filling, which had a nice bit of sweetness to help balance the saltiness of the crust.

Chicken Pie ($1.96):


3/5
The crust here is not the same as that of the turnover or roll: it was actually quite crunch and cookie-like, and was a bit sweet without any savoury flavour, which was a bit strange/off-putting for me as I didn’t feel that it paired well with the filling. I did enjoy the filling inside however: there was plenty of tender chicken, which was well-seasoned and flavourful.

I really enjoyed the pastries at St. Germaine. Their prices are relatively cheap, as is typical with most Asian bakeries. All in all, this is definitely a shop that I’d recommend visiting.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Curry Beef Turnover, BBQ Pork Roll
Saint Germain Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Manzano Europa Bakery

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):


3.5/5
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):


3.5/5
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):


3.5/5
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.

Tiramisu ($3.99):


4/5
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):


4/5
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):


N/A
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.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Tiramisu, Chocolate Truffle Cake
Manzano Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Camellia Tea & Coffee

I’m a pretty impatient person. I get pretty bad cases of “bus rage” whenever I take public transit (which is literally everyday) and the bus is late and/or too full. My most recent instance occurred during my attempt to visit Camellia Tea & Coffee, a cafe/bakery located in Burnaby, not too far from Metrotown. To get there, I had to take the skytrain from Metrotown to the next stop, Royal Oak. Unfortunately, being the unlucky person that I am, I happened to go on the morning that the trains were apparently experiencing technical difficulties and were apparently running one lane, meaning that I had to wait about 20 minutes for a train to finally arrive. F***.

Fortunately, I did eventually manage to reach my destination, where I was greeted by a small display case of pretty-looking cakes and other desserts. I decided to get a selection of their cakes (London Fog Cheesecake, Berry Forest, Caramelized Almond Chocolate, Hazelnut Chocolate, Strawberry & Cranberry, and Black Sesame), as well as an Almond Croissant.

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Worth the wait

London Fog Cheesecake ($5.95):


4.5/5
This was served with a small side of cream and berry sauce. I loved the cake: the filling was smooth and creamy, with a wonderful tangy flavour as well as a great fragrance of Earl grey. It was the lighter, fluffier variety as opposed to the dense New York style. The berry sauce was a bit watery for my liking, but had a nice sweet and tangy flavour, while the cream was fresh and had a nice, mild sweetness.

Almond Croissant ($3.65):

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Almond Croissant

4/5
The croissant was tender, buttery, and quite flaky. The dough itself had a nice, slightly salty flavour while the almond paste inside was sweet and fragrant. It was not double-baked, and was hence, not as crispy, but still tasty.

Berry Forest Cake ($6.75):


4/5
This consisted of two thin layers of cake sandwiching custard and topped with berries. The cake itself is tender and moist, while the custard was light and mildly sweet. The berries had a nice tangy flavour and fragrance.

Caramelized Almond Chocolate Cake ($5.95):


3.5/5
This contained layers of chocolate cake sandwiching almond flavoured buttercream. The cake was quite tender and moist, with a nice bittersweet flavour. The buttercream was filled with nuts, and as very fragrant, but was a bit greasy. The candied nuts were fantastic however, and was crunchy with a fantastic fragrance.

Hazelnut Chocolate Cake ($6.25):


3.5/5
This consisted of layers of cake sandwiching hazelnut and chocolate flavoured frosting. The cake was very tender and moist, while the frosting had a nice fragrance of hazelnut as well as pieces of the nut mixed in. It was not overly artificial either, as can sometimes happen with hazelnut flavoured desserts. I did find the flavour to be just a bit one-note however; I personally could have done with a bit more chocolate to compliment the hazelnut.

Strawberry & Cranberry Cake ($4.95):


3.5/5
The cake itself was quite dense, but moist. The icing was a tad greasy, but had a nice fragrance of strawberries and a slight tanginess.

Black Sesame Cake ($5.50):


4/5
This consisted of layers of black sesame cake and icing. The cake was tender and moist, and had a great fragrance of sesame. It was not very sweet, but had a nice, nutty flavour from the sesame. This is a great dessert for someone wanting something a bit lighter.

In spite of the difficulties that I had reaching my destination, I have to say that the food at Camellia Tea & Coffee was worth the approximately 30 minute wait for the skytrain. Their prices are also fairly reasonable. This is a place that I’d definitely recommend checking out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Croissant, Most of the cakes
Camellia Tea & Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

La Foret Bakery & Coffee

Continuing on through all the reviews that I’ve got piled up, I’ve recently paid a visit to La Foret, a an Asian-Western fusion style bakery/cafe that’s located a few blocks away from the Metrotown Skytrain station. In addition to pastries and sandwiches, they have a large display of very pretty cakes. During my visit, I purchased an assortment of their cakes (Hazelnut Cream, Earl Grey Mousse, Mocha Roll, Oreo Cheesecake, Double Chocolate, and Matcha Cream), Pizza Bread, and an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Hazelnut Cream Cake ($7):


3/5
This consisted of coffee flavoured cake sandwiching cream, and was coated some sort of hazelnut-flavoured icing. The cake itself was quite soft and moist; I did find the cream to be a bit greasy in texture. I was not a fan of the coating outside; although it did have a nice fragrance of hazelnut, it was also quite bland and had a weird gummy texture that I did not really care fo.

Earl Grey Mousse Cake ($7.50):


4/5
This was a dome of Earl Grey flavoured mousse sitting on a thin layer of plain sponge cake, and is decorated by a ring of whipped cream. The mousse was smooth and light, and was mildly sweet with a great flavour of Earl Grey. The cream was also fresh and light, with a nice sweetness.

Mocha Roll ($7):


4/5
This consisted of a coffee sponge cake that’s filled with coffee-flavoured cream. The cake was incredibly tender and moist and had a great fragrance. The mousse was light, had a great coffee flavour, as well as a nice bit of bitterness.

Double Chocolate Cake ($7):


4/5
This consisted of layers of chocolate cake sandwiching chocolate mousse, and was coverd in a layer of shiny chocolate frosting. The cake was very tender and moist, while the mousse was lucious and the surrounding coating of chocolate had a nice sweetness as well as cocoa flavour.

Oreo Cheesecake ($7):


4/5
This consisted of a cookies and cream flavoured cheesecake sitting on top of a thin layer of cake, and was decorated by miniature Oreo cookies. Although the cheesecake filling was quite soft, more like a mousse than a cheesecake, it was still creamy and quite tasty. The Oreo cookies had unfortunately gone soft, although they still did have a nice cookies and cream flavour.

Matcha Cream Cake ($7):


3.5/5
This consisted of layers of matcha flavoured cake sandwiching cream, and was coated in a layer of matcha-flavoured frosting. The cake itself was quite moist and tender, and had a mild green tea flavour. I don’t know what the style of frosting they use is called; although it does look pretty and glossy, it had quite a gummy texture that I personally did not care for. It did have a nice matcha fragrance however.

Pizza Bread ($3.50):


3.5/5
This was filled with onions and corn, and seemed to also contain some mayo and/or cheese as well as ketchup on top. Funny fact: I didn’t realise that the bread was enclosed in a cupcake liner and actually took a big bite out of the wrapper and was wondering why it tasted so grainy in some parts. Once I got the wrapper off, I found the bread was savory, fluffy and quite buttery. I quite enjoyed the fragrance from the onion. This was certainly tasty, though I don’t think it’s much better than the typical savoury bread you can get from Chinese/Asian style bakeries for a lesser price.

Almond Croissant ($4.25):

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Almond Croissant

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My mom had this. She quite enjoyed it.

I’m glad to have checked out La Foret. The cakes weren’t spectacular, but still quite good in general. I did find their prices to be a tad on the higher side, though not outrageous (I don’t think that anything’s outrageous after 3 Quarters Full). While I’m not crazy about this place, I think it’s worth visiting if you’re near Metrotown.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Most of the cakes, Almond Croissant
La Forêt Bakery & Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fortuna Bakery

Ever since finding an alternative route to the Burnaby Heights via 49 and 130, I’ve been more keen on visiting the restaurants/bakeries in that region. A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit the Valley Bakery. More recently, I was able to visit Fortuna Bakery. The latter is a Portuguese/Italian bakery located on East Hastings, that serve a large assortment of breads, pastries, cakes, and other baked goods. You take a number from the front counter and wait to be called. During my visit, I got to sample several of their cakes: Triple chocolate Tiger, Apple Cheesecake, Red Velvet, Carrot, Vanilla Slice (which I gave to my mom), and one simple named as “Cake Slice” (which I believe is a St. Honore Cake).

“Cake Slice” ($3.10):


4/5
This appears to be a St. Honore Cake, and consisted of sponge cake and custard in between some puff pastry, and is covered in cream and docrated with a small custard-filled cream puff. The cake was soft, light and luscious, and was mildly sweet with a nice fragrance. The cream tasted fresh and was lightly sweet. The cream puff was a bit soft, but had a generous amount of creamy custard inside. The only thing that I did not care for was the puff pastry, which had of course gone soggy from the custard and was difficult to cut through.

Triple Chocolate Tiger Cake ($2.30):


4/5
This consisted of layers of chocolate and vanilla cake sandwiching milk and white chocolate mousse, and was covered with milk and white chocolate ganache. The cake was dense but moist, and had a nice cocoat flavour, while the layers of mousse were creamy and sweet. This is a pretty flavourful and sweet dessert, and requires a bit of a sweet tooth to enjoy.

Apple Cheesecake ($2.20):


3/5
This consisted of layers of apple and cheesecake on top of a breadcrumb crust, and is topped with a strussel. The cheesecake strangely did not resemble a cheesecake at all – it was more like a thick, dry custard that was mildly sweet without much tang. The strussel was soft, but had some sweetness while the apples provided a nice bit of crunch. I also found the cake to be just a bit stale/freezer-burned. However, in spite of its flaws, I did still find it to be fairly enjoyable.

Red Velvet Cake ($3.10):


4.5/5
This was a straightfoward cake consisting of layers of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, as well as bits of chocolate cake. The layers of cake were dense, yet tender. I loved the bits of chocolate cake, which had a great fudgy flavour. I did also enjoy the cream cheese, which was luscious and sweet, although I do wish that it could be a bit tangier.

Carrot Cake ($3.10):


4.5/5
This is another straightforward cake consisting of layers of carrot cake sandwiching cream cheese frosting. The cake again was dense but moist and tender, and chock full of carrots, walnuts, and other pieces of fruit. It also had a nice bit of spice. Strangely, I actually enjoyed the frosting a bit more in this cake compared to the red velvet (even though they should be the same), and thought that it was a bit tangier.

Vanilla Slice ($3.10):


N/A

With the exception of the cheesecake, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the treats that I got from Fortuna Bakery. The prices are also a steal. The service was a bit slow: I had to wait probably 15 minutes to be served, but the staff are quite friendly. All in all, I really enjoyed my visit, and I HIGHLY recommend checking this place out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake
Fortuna Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato