La Boulangerie

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845 Burrard St, Vancouver (at the Sutton Place Hotel)

604.642.2939

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La Boulangerie is a  delicious little bakery that is part of the Sutton Place Hotel. It features lavishly rich cakes, a variety of french pasteries, coffees, and a small sandwich selection for lunch time.

The cakes all look lovely. Starting at $21 for a small Raspberry-Mango Mousse up to $41 for a large chocolate truffle cake (bittersweet chocolate mousse with a hint of creme de menthe). I’ve tried their Key Lime pie, the Mango Mousse, the Pecan Brownie, some of their teeny french tarts, and several of their lunch sandwiches. Now, the Key Lime pie was absolutely marvelous – a flakey light crust under a perfectly rich filling with a sweetness balanced by an intense citrus sour. The pie was topped with icing sugar, whipped cream, and fresh blueberries. My next victim was the Mango Mousse – which was surprisingly mediocre. It was nicely light; however, more gelatin-y than I like. The mango flavor was nice, strong and fresh without being overpowering or fake. But I was quite disappointed – though that may be mainly because I don’t like mousse unless it’s chocolate.

Here is a pic of their plain (but oh! so! amazing!) cheesecake – which is a rich, creamy taste sensation! The picture also gives you a good view of the giant hunks of fruit that adorn the tops of La Boulangerie’s cakes (nothing like  that sugary gelled junk found on pre-made safeway cakes) please note, the fresh fruit is held in place with blobs of delicious dark chocolate – hurrah!

Here’s a pic of the White Chocolate Charlotte – white chocolate mousse on a bed of genoise…..let the mouth watering begin:

La Boulangerie’s tiny French pastries ($1.30) are lovely, sweet goodness and I think the price is right for the 3 bites of heaven you get to enjoy. They’re a perfect little pick me up for yourself or thank you treat for an awesome co-worker (Jade Gionet, Daniel Shimizu, Erin Baillie). But if you really owe yourself something fabulous and you’re not too worried about the old waistline; grab a brownie. They have a few different types…pecan, double chocolate, white chocolate and they are all delicious. They are well worth the mere $1.64. Roughly the size of a small horse, and overflowing with rich chocolaty goodness, the crowning feature of the brownie is the slab of real chocolate melted and then re-hardened atop.

La Boulangerie also specializes in special order cakes. Ranging in price from $58 for a small slab of Buttercream (which feeds roughly 25 people) to $142 for a full slab (100 people) of Tiramisu. These cakes are a perfect way to show the office that they deserve better than a cake from IGA when it comes to special occasions.

All sweetness aside – I usually grab one of their little sandwich things at lunch time. All ranging between $6 and $7 the sandwiches seem expensive but they are chock full of tasty ingredients. My lunch times favorites include: a chicken caesar wrap with romaine and sun dried tomato, turkey and pancetta with tomato cranberry and lettuce on sourdough, or my first choice (which is usually sold out by 1pm) is the veggie wrap filled with guacamole, pea shoots, sun dried tomato, red pepper, and bocconcini. Yummers!

My advice to you is: Get The Brownie.

Open: M-F 7.30-6pm

Sat and Sun 9-5pm

Seating: there is a small patio with 10 or 12 seats.

Service: Varies between nonchalant bitchy and warmly welcoming.

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