Thomas Haas Patisserie offers a wide variety of desserts, handmade chocolates and confections as well as a selection of sandwiches and breakfast pastries.
The Patisserie is located near the North Shore Auto Mall.
Where do I even begin? Their cakes are phenomenal. They aren't too sweet and some of them even have a unique crunch. No other store in the lower mainland can quite compare. Plus, he has many choices of cakes, which are ALL good (not just some).
The chocolates are great. They are expensive ($4 for a bar). But totally worth it. People also come here for sandwiches & drinks. I'm sure they're great.
Service from the employees & Thomas himself is pretty good except for his wife (i think). I think she gets annoyed easily.
I honestly don't know why Thomas Haas doesn't have many reviews, this place simply put the very best in Vancouver; his creations are on par with Paris and Tokyo. I can't say enough about his cakes, it's not overly sweet like the other shops in Vancouver and he uses nothing but the best ingredients. Definitely worth a visit.
Well done chocolate, but nothing overly fantastic. A little overpriced compared to other local places, however as usual you do pay a little bit more for the trendiness and name. Definitly a place to try for yourself.
Food: High end desserts. Beautiful and delicious creations. Artists at work.
My favourite so far has been the lemon tart, raspberry soufle', chocolate croissant and triple chocolate dessert.
Service: Great service. Eventhough you have to line up occasionally the servers are fast and eager to help. Ocassionally Thomas himself comes out to take orders and make suggestions. Small place so most likely you'll have to wait for a seat or eat in the adjacent park.
Value : $5 for an artists creations( Note this is for one small pastry), i'm sold.
Ambiance: Again beautiful desserts diplayed at eye level and the smells of chocolate takes me to heaven and back.
Overall: If you love dessert and appreciate food contruction - Go see Thomas at your earliest convenience.
i recently ordered a cake from TH and it was delicious BUT..almost 30 bucks for a cake that barely fed 5 people (and no leftovers) is pretty steep...that being said, it was a beautiful cake and if i get a lot richer i will make this my regular bakery (their chocolates are good too-waaay better than DanielLeChocolat, i have to say.) Just a really nice place--but mighty $$$$ !!
I grew up in the Bay area and have always visited the local chocolate shops there. When I came to North Vancouver and asked everyone I saw where I could get MY CHOCOLATE FIX they suggested this one. What a huge huge huge dissapointment. The chocolate was gritty and lacked flavour. I am really surprised that the people here do not know good chocolate. This stuff is average and nothing more. I think the problem is that they do not make there own chocolate - they buy it and melt it down. This makes a huge difference.
Thomas Haas would have a better product his staff were at the top of their game and if he used products with ingredients that are the best available. He should increase prices to improve quality.
I do like the ambiance of the store and its location and have never found the wait long.
I hope the quality will improve and I'll revisit in a few months to try them again.
Simply put, this place has some of the best pastries and chocolates around. Must haves: the ham and cheese croissant (light and butter... its like heaven), the pear tart (a great light dessert), and any of their cakes... Sure it is a little pricey, but the quality you get more than justifies it... I just hope Sen5es in downtown comes back soon, or I ll be stuck on the Lions Gate a lot in the future...
This place has the best desserts hands down, in comparison to Thierry's..this place is the best. They always have everything available once they open, like cakes, macaroons, chocolates, etc. The coffee is fantastic, its a very nice blend, its not bitter, and its never burnt. However, they can improve on the service. Most of the servers that work here have a "So what do you want? And now get the hell out" kind of attitude, they are attentive for the most part, but they are never friendly, and they seem annoyed all the time. What I find most strange is that you first place an order for say, a box of 12 macaroons, and then you tell the server that you want to pick your own flavours. You then stand on the side, and wait until a server calls your name. When the server calls your name, you go back to the counter, however, you have to push and shove your way through the counter, because there are always crowds of people just standing there waiting to be served, just to pick your flavours. I really do not understand why the customer cannot just tell the server the flavours that they want when they order. They make it more complicated than it really is.
I've been wanting to try Thomas Haas's chocolates and cakes for a long long time. I finally had the chance the other day, and four cakes, and the chocolates:
- Noisette: my personal favourite. The sweet walnuts worked wonderfully, and the caramel wasn't overpowering as I usually find in chocolates
- Passion fruit with tahitian vanilla: Fruits+chocolate are not my favourite combination. I make an exception with this. Creamy, fruity, yet not too sweet. Love.
- Earl Grey Tea: The dark chocolate wasn't overly bitter, the tea flavour was pleasant. Something one should try, but not my personal favourite.
- Crispy Hazelnut: A very safe choice for the picky palette. My friend described it as a luxurious kit-kat.
Amazing sweets. The cakes tasted fresh, and created with care. I am not usually a fan of creams due to how heavy and artificial they can taste, but they worked wonderfully here. Tried two nut themed cakes (hazelnut and walnut I believe..) and two fruit themed cakes (I can not remember what they were.. But they were wonderful. Dome shaped, one was green layered with cherries inside, the other purple/pink.)
The cappuccino and green tea matcha latte were decent as well. Although, at least on our cups, the coffee art was a little sloppy. But-- that doesn't effect taste so.
The people at the counter were nice enough to put up with our indecisiveness, and explained things fairly well.
Value is what you would expect from an expensive place such as this. I paid $5~ for four tiny chocolates. But hey. It was worth it.
Ambiance is cute. I liked the beehive wood pattern on the ceiling.
My only disappointment?: I came their specifically for the double baked almond croissant, however, as I went at about 4pm, they were all sold out. D<... Go early if you want to sample their full selection.
I just read some of the previous reviews. One who states that Thomas Haas doesn't make his own chocolate, yes he does. Which is why it is so excellent. Some people to not like it because it is very refined and you do have to like real chocolate. Some people find the chocolate too strong tasting, or bitter, but it is high quality dark chocolate... The coffee is the same, by far the best expresso on the North Shore, but you have to like the taste of expresso, if you are looking for Starbucks, then simply go to starbucks... more milk and water, less coffee.
His chocolates are to die for, but again not the overly sweet syrupy kind, he makes chocolate for a refined palette. Mint chocolate made with mint leaves, not extract, he has an amazing Fleur de sel caramel... it is to die for.
His pastries are fantastic. Some better than others, but all really good. And the artistry...
It is expensive but value for what you are getting? I recently bought a cake at Whole Foods which was schlocky concoction, chocolate something, and paid $30 for it... the following week bought a cake at Thomas Haas, which was delicious for the same price. yes you will not get a HUGE cake for $30, but the whole point of French Pattisserie, is that you eat a small piece not 6 inch square dessert.
I find the value for quality to be very reasonable. You buy a croissant and it is made with real butter, not lard, not oil, like the ones at other coffee shops. These are the closest to French croissants I have found in Vancouver to date. (and I am French).
The only downside I see to Thomas Haas, is that it is not a comfortable place to go enjoy and sit and delicious coffee and dessert.
He makes amazing sandwiches as well, and soup. If you go in the morning of a weekday it is nice to sit and have something in the store.
I really do feel that the chocolates, pastries and desserts here deserve 5 stars for value.
If you buy the chocolates individually, you can get it in a cellophane bag for $1.05 per piece. If you get them gift boxed, they are around $1.50/$2 per piece. Compare this to other fine chocolate shops that charge $2 per piece regardless.
The desserts are $5.25 each, but soar above the 'gourmet' desserts you get in the supermarket for $3-4. They are small, they are so delicious a single bite is satisfying. Yes, paradoxically, I both want more and am satisfied.
The croissants are flaky, not greasy, and melt in your mouth. For $2.25, where others charge $2 for something that is only shaped like a croissant. For $2.50, you can get the almond croissant -- topped with sliced almonds and filled with MARZIPAN! If you want to splurge, try the double baked almond croissant.
Thomas Haas is my idol! A very talented man that produces the best desserts I have ever had.
The place itself is small and more some somewhere to take something to go. It's also unfortunate that they are only open during business hours (closes at 5)
Try anything, you'll love it! My favs are the croissants that are baked fresh daily, superb desserts, sparkle cookies, gelees, and his famous chocolates.
A bit pricey but soooo worth it!
I have lived in Vancouver for 10 years, but am French, and have also lived in Montreal for a number of years. Thank god for Thomas Haas! He has brought REAL croissants to Vancouver. His chocolate is also incredible. This man is a true artist. He makes his own chocolate, he is a master chocolatier. His pastries are also excellent and the artistry on his pastries is beyond what I have ever seen at the best pastisseries in Montreal.
I have yet to have something even mediocre from him. However if you are not a lover of chocolate then don't bother going.
The service there is fantastic and often Thomas is there greeting people with a huge smile on his face.
The only downside, is that it is incredibly small, so going and having a coffee in a relaxed atmosphere is not really possible unless you go early on a weekday. It is always packed in there.
I find his prices very reasonable. Can you tell I'm a regular?
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