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Sweet Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold October 5, 2011

Sweet Revenge Patisserie is a cozy dessert spot located in East Vancouver BC which I’ve been dying to go to for years but their 7 pm opening time kept getting in the way until now.  I’ve peaked in the window and salivated at their menu many an afternoon just trying to get a sense of what I’m missing out.  I’m happy to say that I can finally cross this establishment off my “must go to” list after a recent trip this past summer and a dedicated effort to actually take time to go back there during the evening.  We arrived early so our wait wouldn’t be long and we managed to get a table right away and were eager to finally try their dessert. 
Sweet Revenge is an intimate space with lush decor to take in while you wait for your order.  It reminded me of a quaint cafe I might come across if I was strolling along the streets of Paris and just happened to wander in.  The design certainly fits that style and if you’re lucky, you may just hear some Edith Piaf songs playing in the background while you sit back enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors. 
The menu is filled with homemade artisan desserts along with a selection of teas/coffees/wines and spirits.  I was hoping to share a dessert called “The Smooth Operator” which was a chocolate sponge cake layered with mascarpone cheese icing and fresh raspberries, topped with white chocolate shavings and drizzled with raspberry coulis.
Another table ordered it and it seemed too large for me to finish on my own so I opted for the Zuccotto, a domed cake layered with liqueured soaked sponge cake and layers of fresh berry mousse and chocolate mousse and covered with ganache.  This dessert was perfect.  It wasn’t too heavy and the fresh berry mousse was refreshing on that warm summer day.  The cake was moist and the ganache was great.  I’ve had to peel ganache away from cake if the consistency was more like fondant because who really eats fondant anyways?   The ganache had a nice smooth texture with just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness to compliment the dessert rather than overpowering it with dark chocolate flavor. Your fork should never take off the entire top layer when you take a piece of it so I knew this was ganache done right.   My friend ordered the tiramisu which was rich and deliciously creamy, the kind of dessert you really relish every spoonful you put in your mouth and then scrape every bit off the dish before you relinquish the plate.  All the hype surrounding this place is well deserved and I would definitely go there again.  The prices are reasonable and the ambiance is charming.  My only complaint was the lone server who was noticeably stressed out by the amount of work he had to do on his own.  They really need to know that people will wait for good food but when you see the staff showing signs of distress and then having it affect their service then it takes away from the overall experience.  No need to stress over dessert!



Location: 4160 Main Street Vancouver BC V5V 3P7   Phone: 604.879.7933
Cost: Zuccotto $5.55 and Tiramisu $7.15 plus tax


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