The other day, I had a chance to finally visit Faubourg, a cafe located in Kerrisdale, Vancouver that serves in a Parisian manner with elegant pastries and gourmet drinks.I went with a bunch of friends, so we had a variety of desserts and I luckily got to taste test theirs! :p
The desserts & pastries:
“White chocolate Passion fruit ganache and fresh creamy vanilla pastry cream adorned with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries all in our flaky buttery tart shell” – Faubourg website
My friend ordered this berry tart and I believe this tart costs around $5. The blueberries were extremely fresh and juicy, and the inside of the tart was creamy and delicious. It’s not too sweet, and tasted extraordinary with the berries. I hope she didn’t mind that I had more than one bite of this!
“The Bitterness of Campari paired with the tartness of Grapefruit amalgamate in this new tart that is the perfect kick start to spring.”- Faubourg website
My friend ordered this grapfruit campari tart for $5.25. I had a bite, and I must say, it’s not my favourite compared to the other desserts. It had a tartness I didn’t like, I prefer the tartness of lemon and citrus fruits. My friend said she preferred the lemon tart, because the grapefruit flavour was not strong enough.
“Our best seller! Rich, smooth and tangy lemon curd atop vanilla milk foam in our flaky buttery tart shell and finished with pearl sugar for an unexpected crunch.” – Faubourg website
As this is one of the best sellers, the lemon tart, I got this in the name of loving lemon flavoured food. This costs $5.And indeed, I enjoyed this. The lemon curd was not too tart, and it was smooth and full of flavour. The vanilla foam at the bottom was my favourite, I had a bite of it alone and with the lemon curd- both were equally delicious. Everything was smooth and not overwhelmingly sweet. Definitely want to go back to get this!
“A delicious, rich and flaky butter dough wrapped around two sticks of chocolate, to form that special morning treat beloved all over France.” – Faubourg website
My first real “pain au chocolat” (I hope I pronounced it right when I ordered it.) It was quite pricey, going for $2.95, but it was scrumptious. The croissant was flaky and rich in flavour. I brought mine home to heat it up, and the chocolate inside is wonderful when it melts. I like how it is not loaded with chocolate, all the ingredients were well proportioned. This tops all the normal chocolate croissants I have ever tried.
Of course, I had to get some macarons as well to continue my adventure. They cost $1.79 each, or 8 for $14, and there were other prices depending on how many macarons you purchase. I opted to get 8 of them. The flavours Faubourg offers strays from the conventional flavours, so I had the luxury to sample new tastes.
Out of the 12 flavours– I chose: Tahitan Vanilla Bean, cappucino, Faubourg signature (white chocolate + passion fruit ganache,) lemon ginger, pistachio, hazelnut praline, grapfruit campari, and salted butter caramel. I really wanted Forest berry, but the man in front of me bought the last two. 🙁 Next time, maybe.
It was packaged nicely in a box!
Surprisingly, my least favourite was Lemon Ginger, since I like eating both food and occasionally a cup of lemon ginger tea! I didn’t like the cream very much due to its rich. thick, ginger aftertaste it had.
The macarons I extremely enjoyed was Pistachio, grapfruit and Tahitan Vanilla Bean. I didn’t find them overwhelmingly sweet, and I could just taste its distinct flavour. The shell was cripsy and didn’t crack, and it was very chewy as well. I loved the little garnishes they add to the shell of the macaron.
Definitely one of the top macaraon places I had so far!
3. Ambiance + Customer service
Even when walking past Faubourg, people do a double take. Who wouldn’t when such a cute display of treats is shown to bystanders?
I really loved the interior of the cafe. The wallpaper was covered with fleur de lis and everything was placed in a neat fashion.
There is a projector that shows black and white movie clips at the back. Very French indeed!
The customer service is excellent as well. I changed my mind half way between taking out or eating in the lemon tart, and the lady didn’t mind. I also asked a cup of hot water and they were so pleasant!
Although I never been to Paris, I felt like I was truly in the midst of a French experience. For all those living in Vancouver, this place is a must-stop-by to taste some delicious treats!