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Ganache Patisserie

1262 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC V6B1C6
Tel: (604) 899-1098
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert, French, Ice cream
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Pastry chef and owner Peter Fong brings his years of experience in some of Vancouver ’s top hotels, and passion to bear on classics and seasonally inspired creations. These originals are hand-made with the finest and freshest quality ingredients, using no additives or preservatives and choosing some lighter and healthier ingredients in the modern French style. Artfully as tasty to the eye as they are to the tongue Chef Fong lets his creativity shine.

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Good place for a wedding cake I guess
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 9:17am [Dine in]

Came here on a weekend for coffee and dessert. Cute little place, nice looking selection of desserts. They do not serve my favorite drink, cappuccino. So no coffee and dessert for me. Instead I chose 2 desserts to take home for myself and my wife to share.
Chocolate Veloute - $5.95 this was great, 4 out of 5.
Concord Framboise - $5.95 this was very sweet. I am a dessert guy but even I found this overly sweet and hard to finish. Was good though, 3 out of 5.
I wouldn't come back because they don't have cappuccino's here.
If I were looking to purchase a fancy wedding cake I would come back however. There were a bunch on display inside and they looked great!

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Delicious boutique pastries
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 3:17am [Dine in]

I've come here a handful of times after hearing some great reviews. It's located in a quiet area just outside the Yaletown core.

The shop is tiny (only a couple of tables last I remember) but reminisent of a boutique. The window displays showoff their delectable creations; either individually portioned desserts or whole cakes. It's a nightmare trying to decide what you want to take home with and I always spend a good 15-20 minutes glazing over all the different choices to come to a final select few.

I like fruit-based desserts so naturally I select at least one. The Coconut Mango Cheesecake, Guava Mousse and Passionfruit Cake are among my favourites there all both creamy and light.

On one occasion I bought 3 whole Matcha Mousse with Passionfruit, Lychee and Mango Cake with an unusual black sesame cake (I was in a pinch to supply a cake for a birthday). They only had one in their display window but sure enough they had a few in the black that were ready if thawed. I'm not a pastry connoisseur so I can't say if having dessert items that need to be thawed is a bad thing (as per previous reviewer). Personally I find it a little unrealistic for desserts this caliber to be made at the whim of an order. The lady there gave me instructions to thaw before serving. Honestly I tried all three cakes and they all tasted the same to me. Green Tea Matcha is not my thing but it was tasty nonetheless and unusually exotic with their ingredient pairings.

Prices are on the higher end of the scale but quality seems to be uncompromised. Try it out if you can. Arguably one of the best places around town. I'm still hoping to try another highly touted place Thomas Haas to see how it compares.

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Just okay
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

I was in the area, read the reviews and decided to check it out. The first thing I notice, was the chocolate aroma that filled the store, and how the store front was designed. This is a boutique, only a couple of tables to choose from, and have designer boxes for your cake. The service was friendly, helpful and I decided to pick the Chocolat Velouté, to take home with me.
I got this pretty box, went home and had it for dessert. This is where this particular dessert, didn't "wow me, omg, I must have another one soon." The flavour was somewhat bland, the taste was moist but I've reviewed other locations, that were better bakeries, as for example, Sweet Art, in North Vancouver. The prices are steep, but they must be paying high rent, and its all about the ambiance, this particular location has it.
Will I be back to try it again, I don't have plans to hurry back anytime soon.

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Ganache is Gloriously Good
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

My all time favorite cake place! Peter makes the most incredible, delectable creations. Omg, I have probably tried everything on the menu and keep going back for more! My first taste of Ganache was in 2004 and a good friend's wedding. Ever since that day I knew my taste buds would never be the same. Peter puts so much effort and love into his cakes and it shows. You're always left with a happy sigh after each bite and can't wait to try more. I should remember to eat it slower to savour each amazing bite. WOW! We eventually got our own wedding cake from Ganache last year and we've had nothing but raves from our friends about the cakes that Peter put together for us. You don't have to order and take away, there's also seating in his lil bakery, where you can enjoy cake, tea and a good magazine or book. Peter is always there with a smile! I've tried more cakes since my wedding and I think I'm closer to a favorite. Top choices include: Blanc Fraisier, Chocolat-Canneberge and most recently, the Caramel-Chocolat. So yummy! =)

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Feel like I'm in France!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - 9:24am [Dine in]

I went to Ganache last night to pick up a cake for my sister's birthday. I have attempted to go to Ganache a few weeks ago, but they were closed, so I was quite excited to finally try anything there.
I picked up a coconut mango cheesecake and had to hold back on ordering a piece of everything else in the showcase. Everything looked so pretty like they were straight out of a magazine. I'm proud of my will power.
The cheesecake was a little of the pricey side (a 6" cake for $25), but it's expected at a place like Ganache where it's not just ordinary desserts. The cheesecake was adorned with chocolate shards and decorations. It wasn't too sweet. It was really creamy and went very well with the contrasting texture of the coconut.
I will return to try their other great cakes!

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Absolutely no regrets!
By Trevor of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

After having looked at a few different bakeries, my then-fiancee and I decided to choose Ganache to do our wedding cake. What a fantastic decision it was.

Our cake, consisting of 2 flavours, was made to serve a few hundred guests. Every guest we spoke to thought the cake was so delicious and kept asking where we got it from.

We've sampled many of their cakes, but our favourites so far are chocolate-banana, guava exotique, chocolate veloute, blanc fraisier and tiramisu-chocolate. Whether you're looking for light and refreshing or rich and decadent, you'll find something to please your palate.

Yes, their desserts are on the expensive side, but they are well worth the money because the quality is amazing and Chef Peter obviously puts a lot of care into his creations.

The level of service from Peter and his staff is superb. Our cake was one of the few things in our wedding that we really had no worries about. The staff are friendly, helpful and very professional. They don't have that stuck-up attitude that some other high-end bakeries display.

There is room to sit in and savour your dessert choice while in clear view of the beautiful array of goodies, but personally I think they could put a little more effort into making it more comfortable(chairs are really hard).

I've recommended Ganache to all our friends and will continue to do so cuz their desserts are simply divine! Can't wait to try everything else on the menu.

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I'll Take My Gut and $ Elsewhere, Thank You!
By sexycombover of Richmond, BC (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:03am [Take-out]

I've been to a lot of patisseries in my time. Not just GVRD. In general. And I've gone to some really good ones, and some really bad ones.

Ganache kind of just sits in a cozy middle for me, except I found it excessively pricey for mediocre pastries and cakes. I tried many of their cakes to give them a fair chance, but most of them I found too sweet.

For example, the opera cake. I couldn't taste different elements or layers of flavour It just seemed like sweet mousse-like textures swirled around. No definition or anything.

I enjoyed the milk chocolate and passionfruit cake, but for the price I was paying, I would be able to find a much better cake for a cheaper price (think The Sweet Spot in Steveston).

All the other cakes left me going "meh!" and I had paid close to $50 for about 7 pieces of cake, which is not including tax. The staff also didn't necessarily know what was what, which was a little disappointing (and didn't know the french names for them :( ).

While I didn't find it a terrible experience, for the money I'm spending, I will likely take my business elsewhere cause I just didn't think it was worth it here.

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Great cakes
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I came here with my gf yesterday for dessert after lunch. The place is very small and we drove through it twice before spotting it. We had the creme brulee and a mango cheesecake. The creme brulee was not bad, it's better than many places outside but I still think that the creme could b smoother and the caramel on top could b a little less. I loved how it cracks when we poke it with spoon but it was too much sugar. The mango cheesecake was just alright, I think that there's not much of a mango flavour and cheese was not strong. We also ordered 2 cups of tea and the bill came out to be around $18 so it was decent price. I will definitely come back again to try other cakes and maybe I'll find 1 or 2 that I'll love.

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My favorite place to order b-day cakes!
By pookiebear of UBC (46 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 9:32am [Dine in]

I love the cakes at this place and I used to always order b-day cakes from here. I stopped because I tried almost every cake there but I was so happy when I found out they have some new cakes on their menu now. Each cake is unique with flavors that you don't think would go together, but upon the first bite, you realize that they do. My mom is a very particular with her cakes and she even enjoys the cakes here. A definite must try!

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Might be back ...
By aftertaste of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:31am [Take-out]

I've tried three full-sized cakes from Ganache Patisserie: the Fôret Noir, the Matcha-Exotique and the Mango Chocolat. I got them all in 6" which are priced at just under $30.

I had the Fôret Noir a while ago; I remember enjoying its rich and chocolatey layers.

I thought the Matcha-Exotique was alright. The green tea mousse part was spongy and had a light green tea taste. The layers tasted good together but not exceptional. The cake was also quite gorgeous.

The one I've tried most recently and was most disappointed by is the Mango Chocolat cake. The mango mousse layer and the mango gelée were good. The mango mousse layer reminded me of fresh mango pudding. However, I did not enjoy the dark chocolate passionfruit mousse layer at all. The taste reminded me almost of red bean. Overall, I don't think the layers went well together. And unlike the other two cakes this one comes out rectangle, which unfortunately didn't look quite as nice as the other two, even with the decorations on. This cake left me very disappointed.

I don't think I'll be ordering full-sized cakes from Ganache Patisserie. It is tempting to though, since they have such pretty cakes on display. I might be back for the smaller slices.

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Lucky Me :D
By iamsongohan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 8:39pm [Take-out]

Always wanted to go here and today I finally stopped by. I didn't have to think twice and I'm glad I didn't it. I got to try out several different ganaches. And I highly recommend the apricot pistachio (Yes, I forgot what it's called). Just ask about it and give it a try. I certainly didn't have high expectation after hearing the name, but when I put it in my mouth, I definitely enjoyed it.

Although some ganaches were great, some were just okay. So I can't say everything is good. And it really depends on what you like. Ask the servers for recommendations. They'll let you know what's good and which one sells.

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Fave dessert place
By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

The desserts are incredible - esp. caramel chocolate cake - creamy mousse, the cake is embedded with little coffee/crunchy bits, little burst of fruit puree - wow ! I've never had dessert like this - and the price is pretty good value -. I've tried quite a few - love them all... eating one of their creations is quite the experience...

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Great Cake!
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Visited Ganache tonight with my girlfriend - lots of small cake samples to try, great selection of cakes and treats to choose from. Ganache is quite a small establishment (maybe 3 or 4 tables), so it may be difficult to find a seat if you want to enjoy a cake and a coffee, but there's definitely art to be had in the chef's creations, and I found them to be quite reasonably priced. If you're taking-out, the presentation is also very nice.

The hours are nice on a Saturday night, can stop by after dinner for a late snack/takeout on the way home. They might want to consider opening late on Friday night as well.

Worth a trip down town just for the dessert!

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Best place for fancy expensive cakes
By frantic_monster of Downtown Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 11:59am [Dine in]

Ok, it is one of the best (or maybe the best) cake places in Vancouver. Their cakes look nice, and also taste fantastic. The prices are higher than other places. You should expect to pay around 40 for an 8" cake. But in my opinion, especially for cakes it is better to go with quality than quantity!

They have couple of chairs and a sofa in the store, so you can try cakes with coffee

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consistently delicious
By pretentionless of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

We went to Ganache again for the 3rd or 4th time. As usual all of the wares in the case are so appealing that it's hard to choose. Since it was Valentine's day it was busier than usual, but we got to order quite quickly anyway. She had the chocolate tiramisu and I had the caramel chocolate mousse cake. We took them home and had them that evening. Both were very tasty and showed a lot of work and care about the blending of tastes. The caramel chocolate mousee cake had a mousse centre and different mousse/cake outside. It had a tasty crust on the bottom and a layer of fruit jam near the top before the caramel wrapping with peanuts on top. It obviously takes a lot of work to devise this great combination of flavours and then make this cake. For $5.50 it was the right size as well, so value is good. Not the cheapest, but I'd rather have 1 Ganache cake than 3 or 4 from a run-of-the-mill bakery. The chocolate tiramisu was also good. Delicate and not too heavy and also not heavy on the coffee so you'll be able to sleep that night.

If you haven't been to Ganache, go! It's a great place to pick up a few desserts for sharing for a dinner party or special occasion. Or you can have a seat there and treat yourself if you prefer.

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Beautiful birthday cake!
By imafoodie2 of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

I wanted to get my bf a special cake for his birthday and saw the reviews here. I called to see if they might have any cakes available on short notice and I think it was Peter himself who said it wouldn't be a problem. I came in on the day of the party and chose their 10' chocolate caramel cake. The woman working there even offered to decorate it with a message, which took all of about 10 minutes - and it was STUNNING!

As for the important part - the taste. Most importantly my bf loved it, and everyone else at the party raved about how delicious it was. For $37 bucks, 10 people each got a fair sized piece and we're still working on the leftovers. Excellent value in my opinion for a truly delicious and beautiful dessert.

I'll be back to try more of the gorgeousness I saw in their display case!

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We need more of this in Vancouver
By currypuff of Kitsilano, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

The desserts are absolutely sublime. On my first visit, i had a matcha exotique and on my second visit, I had a rum et coco. The green tea mousse in the former was just what matcha should taste like-delicately perfumed but not cloyingly sweet at all. The latter was not quite to my liking. The cake part and the milk chocolate mousse were excellent, but I didn't think the lemon curd filling was quite the right fit for my taste. Overall, I think Chef Peter Fong has done a wonderful job with the pastry shop. The desserts there look almost too good to eat! Although they do charge around $6 for a small single serving cake, it is more than worth it. The time, care and effort that goes into each and every artistically presented dessert is evident from the very first mouthful.

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Not impressed
By lokie of East Van (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

We stopped by on Good Friday for a cup of tea and a piece of cake. There was only one server working and it was quite busy. The tea was good quality and we were happy with that. We ordered two cakes and neither of us were that impressed. The Framboise cake was not very "cakey" but more "moussy". I like my cake to be a cake and not a mousse so that didn't go over very well. My friend wasn't overly impressed with her cake either. That being said I'm sure that this type of sweet would be enjoyed by many people. My main complaint with the shop is how dirty and dusty it is. There is a coffee table that they have their photo albums on. The bottom tier was covered in dust. The window displays of cakes had cobwebs on them. The ceiling pipes and light fixtures were also covered in dust/cobwebs. I'm not sure why the owner would concentrate on making great cakes and leave the front of house in dissaray. It definitely needs a clean and a tidy. We had thought about getting a wedding cake from there but I don't think that will be happening.

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The cakes are to die for....
By 16minniedinnie of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 26, 2010 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

I ordered the Chocolate Carmel cake.. it is to die for! Layers of chocolate, mousse, raspberry, crispy bototm pleases the chocolate lovers palate. Small cake 6 inches = big price almost $30. The salesgirl was very helpful and explained because it's such a decadent cake, you only need a small piece and she was right because the 6inch cake fed about 9 people. This bakery is for special occasions only as everything in there was expensive... but ultimately worth the price for taste and quality.

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Unique and Good Tasting Cakes
By foodcritic81 of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 12:18pm [Catering]

The cakes there are really good. I wouldn't say it was the best cake I've ever had but one of the best. The owner is really talented and this place is definitely worth a try. The chocolate cake I ordered for my boyfriend's birthday was really good - loved the hazelnut chocolate crispy layer. The owner is extremely helpful and personable, if only the girl working at the counter is the same - that is why I gave the service a 3.

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