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Eat & Drink

August 19 2016

All for the Love of Dessert: What’s Sweet in Gastown

Cheesecake can be prepared many different ways. At Bauhaus, they unmake it, so to speak. Their Deconstructed Cheesecake is exceptional and is truly an experience all its own. The graham crumble is fresh and soft and it takes residence along the corner of the bowl, accented by seasonal berries and trumped by a dreamy, milky swirl of the best cheesecake you might ever try. Not for sharing.

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Italian owned Brioche are maestros at home baked sweets. A dessert destination for many, their Crème Brulee is very good, as is their Tiramisu. It’s a wonderful little place for two, to get a treat and sit out on Cordova with an espresso or glass of white wine.

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Chill Winston and its ‘music-loving neighbour’ Guilt & Co. ( living in the basement) – are great inside and out, up and down. An entire night out in one place and Chill Winston’s is a fantastic joint to get dessert. Choose from their Milk Chocolate Ganache, Rhubarb Pie or White Chocolate –made of white chocolate ganache, compressed melon, cucumber, white chocolate tarragon crumb, lime.

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Currently standing at No. 13 on Canada’s Top 100 restaurants list, L’abattoir is the pride of Gastown. They have 4 sumptuous sweet plates to choose from Whipped cream cheese mousse – Milk ice cream, summer fruit, Buckwheat cake – Torched buttermilk meringue, dark malt ice cream, graham crumble, Dark chocolate crémeux Mango curd, citrus, Strawberries and cream –Yuzu yogurt, wafer.

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It is here where we must dedicate more than a few words to this particular restaurant. Mosquito is a dessert house. They have somehow tapped into your childhood dreams and taken the very visions that softly put you to sleep, and then turned those thoughts into magical desserts. Take, for example their Camp Fire – chocolate cake, bourbon marshmallow, peanut dragée, fire candy, smoked vanilla ice cream. Seemingly everything has a note of smoke to it. This is a s’more turned up to 11.

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There are a few classic Italian desserts served at Nicli Antica Pizzeria. May we suggest these two: AFFOGATO – double shot of espresso over a scoop of house-made vanilla gelato or a VANILLA BEAN PANNA COTTA seasonal fruit compote with citrus shortbread.

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For Spanish après diner treats, The Sardine Can has some very interesting offerings particularly their Terrina de Chocolate – chocolate terrine with chilli, olive oil, sea salt, toast.

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You might overlook Tuc Craft Kitchens’ simple Cake & Ice Cream dish. But look at how it’s prepared and you’ll see how sweet it really is – black tea sponge cake, ginger infused ice cream, absinthe caramelized apples.

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Water Street Café is perhaps one of the most well known restaurants in Gastown. It’s been open for over 28 years and still packs a full house. Their dessert menu consists of 8 scrumptious selections; including a Baked Apple and Rhubarb in Filo Pastry served with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, a Raspberry and Lavender Crème Brulee– fresh berries and lemon curd and a Flourless Double Chocolate Espresso Cake served with a black cherry compote.