After having snacked at Notturno Paninoteca for a panini, Fat Dragon Bar-B-Q for some lemon-basil soft serve ice cream, and Big Lou’s Butcher Shop for a taste of their porchetta sandwich, my foodie friend Grayelf and I ended our snack crawl at Cadeaux Bakery. Cadeaux Bakery opened up earlier this year in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and is the brain-child of Eleanor Chow and Salvita Johnson, both of whom are Chambar alumni. I was really looking forward to trying Cadeaux as I was hoping it would in the same league as San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery and Seattle’s Crumble and Flake Patisserie, which are my two all-time favourite bakeries.
I was actually quite impressed with the selection at Cadeaux Bakery. They had a variety of baked goods such as croissants, scones, and brioche buns, as well as tart slices, tartlettes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, and slices of layer cakes.
They also offer house made ice creams and sorbets in a variety of flavours as well as truffles, spiced nuts, and fruit jellies. I really liked the decor of Cadeaux Bakery and especially, liked that they actually had a small sitting area so that one can sit down, have a coffee, and enjoyed some baked treats.
Grayelf and I shared one of the Passion Fruit Meringue Mini Tartlette ($3.25) at the shop to test out the waters. We both loved the tanginess and bright, tropical flavours of the passion fruit filling. The meringue topping was perfectly executed. And the crust had a perfect texture. It was not too hard and not soggy either. I liked it so much that I got another to go to have for dessert later that evening.
In addition to getting another one of the Passion Fruit Meringue Mini Tartlettes to have for dessert later that evening, I also got one Lemon Meringue Mini Tartlette ($3.25) to try. The Lemon Meringue Mini Tartlette was solidly executed. Again the crust and meringue were perfectly executed. The lemon curd filling was nicely balanced and had just the right amount of tanginess. Comparing side by side though, between the Lemon and the Passion Fruit, both Grayelf and I agreed that we preferred the Passion Fruit version more.
I was also intrigued by their Lemon Goat Cheese Cheesecake on a sable base ($5.25). Compared to the Passion Fruit Meringue Mini Tartlette, the Lemon Goat Cheese Cheesecake was just ok. It was tasty but didn’t have much of a wow factor.
I’d definitely go back to Cadeaux Bakery for their Passion Fruit Meringue Mini Tartlettes. On my next visit, I’d also want to try their Bacon Sticky Bun, which is topped with maple smoked Canadian bacon and maple syrup, since it made it on to Vancouver Magazine’s recent list of ‘Best Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver 2012‘.
172 Powell Street