Thanks to the Georgia Straight review, I visited this authentic, delicious bakery.
It doesn't look that appealing from the outside, but wow inside it's filled with delicious baking smells and treats.
The owners carefully prepare authentic Latin American pastries with a focus on products including dulce de leche. This is an intensely sweet caramelized sweetened condensed milk, and it has a lovely caramel colour.
I tried their cone filled with vanilla cream topped off with dulce de leche as it is very sweet, and the vanilla cream helped to cut some of the sweetness. It was heavenly, with fresh flakey pastry that didn't even get soggy the next day.
The tres leches cake here is a delicious version. I'm not a fan of milk, and didn't find that the cake tasted too milky, the flavour did remind me a bit of rice pudding. It's iced with a thin coating of freshly whipped cream, and covered in flakey white coconut. The coconut flavour didn't come through but looks visually appealing.
It's hands-down worth a visit simply to try this cake, I tried a bite and ended up purchasing a few more slices before leaving the bakery. It's one of the top 5 cakes I've ever had.
One of the daughers apparently is a trained pastry chef, and it shows. Although this is not a fusion bakery, but solidly Latin American. Most of the pastries are very sweet.
While the ambiance isn't great, it is homey and comfortable although there is limited seating. Also the perimeter of the store is a small Latin American grocery store with dry and canned goods as well as some frozen items.
I also couldn't resist picking up a chicken empanada. The version here is filled with big chunks of chicken, whole olives, and the taste is mild as it's lightly spiced but still tasty. I didn't taste any raisins in the filling, but I don't like raisins in my food so that was good. The size is big enough to be a light dinner if you pair it with salad.
They also sell beef sandwiches, but I didn't try that this time.
The other people in the store seemed to be Latin Americans, which is a good sign. I was unfamiliar with the baked goods and the lady at the counter was helpful in explaining what everything was.
This place has been operating in that location for five years, I've driven by occasionally and never stopped which is a pity. I'm glad I finally tried this place as it's a gem. Vancouver is a horrid wasteland for Mexican/Latin American restaurants, but at least there is one bright spot, we do have a fantastic Latin American bakery.
This place is located very close to the Joyce skytrain station, just walk North uphill away from the high-rises.