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.
Ganache was on a short-list of three bakeries from which I would order a black forest cake from for my girlfriend's bday. They were actually my second choice, but since the other establishment couldn't provide me with a cake on such short notice (three days), I called Ganache.
The cake was MUCH better than I expected (especially since it's a Parisian patisserie making a German torte). In fact, it was the best black forest cake I've EVER had. Period. It was soft, not overly sweet, and very moist. It was very beautifully decorated and looked 'fancy'. I'm glad it looked as good as it tastes!
I ordered my cake to go since it was for a bday party. My gf has a severe peanut allergy which I mentioned to them. They were very good about it and there were a few post-it notes on the box reminding the staff of the no-peanut requirement. I was very happy to see that. Their website says to have custom orders placed a week in advance. I was able to get mine on three days' notice, so I consider myself lucky. Also, Black Forest Cake is not on the list, but they were willing to make it. That is what I consider astounding customer service!
Value? I paid $55+taxes for a 10" off-menu Black Forest Cake. Compared to the dry $89 cake that I bought a few years ago at True Confections, this was a STEAL! Their individual-sized offerings seemed to be priced a little more decadently, but I don't think it's over and above what you'd expect from a boutique.
As for the ambiance, I didn't stay and eat in, but it looked nice and the decor of very modern. It's a little tight so they don't have much room for dine-in customers. I only deducted one star because of the lack of room, but you can enjoy the desserts anywhere anyways so it's not that big of a deal in the end.
Wow, lets just say that I fell into the hype of this place and I am glad I did. Bringing my beautiful girlfriend with me, we shared two types of desserts.
One was the Caramel-Chocolat, which was amazing. The caramel was very sweet, make sure you have a bottle of water handy. The chocolate was soft and melted in your mouth and was very, very, rich. It was amazing, you honestly can not stop with just one bite.
The second desert was the Passion et Chocolat. I am a huge passion fruit fan and this incorporated it exceptionally. After finishing it, I wanted another but I knew I would have to go for a mile long run to work it off. These two mini desserts look small but they have huge flavour inside.
As for the decor, not what I was expecting but it's nice, it has display cakes in the window and on the counter. The tables are generally for two so it's a good place to bring a date after walking around downtown. This place reminds me of a deli, but serving dessert instead of meat but still feels very relaxed and comfortable. I generally do not like sweets but Ganache made me question that. I would highly recommend it.
I've been here a couple times and returned again to buy a couple individual sized treats for my coworkers and myself last night. I bought two of the chocolate caramels and a coconut mango.
The desserts here are INCREDIBLE!
The flavors all come together perfectly, the texture was smooth, creamy, moist. Not overly sweet.
The prices are a bit on the high side but worth it.
As for the desserts being pre frozen then thawed, the quality of the product isn't put at risk in my opinion.
I saw the owner on City Cooks last year and he definitely puts a lot of effort into his creations. His passion shines through in each dessert Ganache offers.
I'll be returning again soon. The must trys so far: chocolate banana, chocolate caramel, coconut mango (my personal fav).
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.
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.
THE HUNGRY ONE SAYS This cake shop is the best in lower mainlandIt is beautifully decorated with full of chocalate smell when you enter the the shop. All the cakes and individual cake are very nicely made, i.e. outlook, coloring, decoration, etc.
Individual cakes price from $5.25 to $5.75, which is a little pricey compare with its portion (about 2.5"x2.5"). But it definitely worth the cost!
Chocolat Velouté is a MUST try!
After reading all the great reviews on here, I was excited to try this place...perhaps my expectations were too high, as I was pretty disappointed by Ganache. Let's go through the logistics...
Food: I had the guava, opera-noisette and the green tea lychee one (can't remember exact names). Sadly, all were just "okay".... I found them to be overall rather bland and dry. Lacked any special distinguishing flavour. The guava and the green tea were both bland, like watery mousse, while the opera-noisette....well the top layer was delicious, but the bottom layers, to be brutally honest, tasted like leftover safeway cake.
Service: It;s not neccessarily a cafe so it's difficult to rate this, but the asian lady behind the counter was indifferent and didn't really respond with any enthusiasm about the pastries. Barely made eye contact and seemed to be bored to be there. Not neccessarily a great vibe from a supposedly "upscale" patisserie.
Ambiance: I was pretty shocked. The sofas by the display looked cramped by half-open boxes, the fake cake displays were a bit dusty and rather tacky. My chair was wobbly, and overall, the interior was equivalent to a clean HK style cafe....where I could probably get better food. Also, the plastic cup for the water as well as the sad presentation of the white dishes ticked me off.
Value: Well, add up pretty but bland dessert, indifferent and cold service and a cluttered and definitely NOT classy interior with a steep price tag and I think it's pretty obvious why the value rating is low.
The cakes weren't bad, but there was nothing exciting....like eating fancy st.germaine or anna's cake house cakes. I could overlook that if the service was spectacular or the decor was breathtaking. Neither. All I got was dissatisfaction and disappointment...and maybe a few pretty photos (of the cakes).
Would I go back? It feels like I should, to try a couple more cakes and give this place one more try...but I don't think I want to.
I would recommend Thomas Haas or Mink instead of ganache, as those two places give you lovely service and delicious desserts...worth the higher price.
Don't be taken in by the hype, follow your own tastebuds. My tastebuds are definitely saying NO.
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.
I visited Ganache Patisserie on a weekday afternoon looking for something to tame the inner sin that is the love for chocolate and sweets. I've read all the great reviews and as a result have set the standard very high even before I step foot into the place.
I was glad that I had my phone and google map on me because Ganache Patisserie is not the easiest place to find. Outside, the small sign sporting its name doesn't do enough to catch your attention, so make sure you get your partner to look for it diligently otherwise you might miss it while driving by. Once inside, you feel like you're standing in a pastry store rather than a warm, welcoming cafe. Granted, there were 3 or 4 small tables for patrons who decided to enjoy their pastry on site, but I still felt that the whole atmosphere of the place projected a sense of "buy and get out" attitude. The display cakes however did a good job of capturing one's attention and luring critics into taking a seat. By now I'm itching with curiosity and is determined to find out what all the fuss is about.
I glanced over the 2.5" individual offerings and was impressed by the unique and artistic flare that each piece exhibited. With our very limited ability to burn off calorie in any capacity, I decided to ask the server/cashier behind the counter to recommend a few pieces for us to try. The Chcolate-Banana was indeed very rich and delicious, without being overly sweet or bitter. It had layers of chocolate on top of the best banana/sugar/pastry thing I've ever tasted, which itself rests on a very yummy biscuit base. It was so good that I had to pack a few home for later enjoyment. Next was the Chocolate-Fraise (?), which was white chocolate cake with layers of strawberry in between. The cake was moist and soft, unlike the spongy and dry ones that you might find elsewhere, though I feel that it lacks in creativity even though it was executed flawlessly.
Needless to say, the food itself deserves a standing ovation for its taste and presentation.
Even at $5.25 a piece, I felt that it was worth every penny, but I wish that I had been able to enjoy it in a full cafe environment with better service and ambiance; a large selection of beverages won't hurt either. For your information, 6" and 8" cakes on display were about $26 and $37, respectively.
I get a tastebud experience each time I visit there. Constantly trying out new flavours to wow his customers, Peter managed to stay on top of his game through the years. I have never been disappointed there. I look forward to one day when my wedding cake will be made by them.
Check out the website and give it a try!
I love their cakes. Very nice and neat. I feel "How can I eat...soo pretty..." I recommend to enjoy looking at first. Get a first bite. They tast like what they look. The shop serve tea from France. I really enjoy tea time there. Feel so happy.
..... Only one problem is... they don't have any washroom for customer.....No wonder a lot of take out. They are always busy.
I wish I have a special Birthday cake!!
This place is just yhped, and overrated.
Their cakes are nothing after you've tried Thomas Haas's. Last time I went there, I was asking for a Matcha cake, and they told me smiling" Oh, we are temporatily out of it now, BUT WE ARE DEFROSTING SOME IN THE BACK, would you like to wait?"
yes, DEFORSTING the cake in the back.
what about QUALITY over QUANTITY???
Since we should be paying for what we get, but not for a frozen cake.
Would not recommend, but if you want to try it for the popularity, go ahead, if you have some maney to spare.
My friend and I, both picky dessert lovers, went to Ganache last Sunday for a casual 'afternoon tea'. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the lady behind the counter and was offered a sample of their chocolate banana cake--very tasty. Then we spent quite a few minutes standing in front of the dessert freezer wow-ing the wide variaties of dessert they have. Having difficulties to pick 1 each, we ended up getting 4 pieces of cakes: Rose et Pamplemousse, Matcha-Exotique, Coco-mango, and Gateau St. Honore au Chocolat. It was a taste of heaven, not to mention the colors and the embellishment of each piece was quite a treat to the eyes too. To enhance the taste of the dessert, we also ordered some tea (something Rouge...) to go with them too. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and our sweet teeth were thoroughly satisfied!!!