A youthful love of fine desserts became the obsession that spurred pastry chef Lorne Tyczenski to open Sweet Obsession with partner Stephen Greenham in 1993. Together the pair has developed a loyal following for their ultra-decadent, richly flavoured cakes, tarts, flans and pastries.
Sweet Obsession offers a retail counter for take-home confections and a 16-seat cafe, where the day’s fresh-baked desserts can be enjoyed over a caffe latte, espresso or herbal, green and black teas.
Or for elegant, adventurous and affordable multi-course menus for daytime and dinner, visit partner restaurant Trafalgars Bistro, just two doors down at 2603 West 16th Avenue.
They have a few tables for patrons who want to dine in. It gets pretty busy at night! I had the hedgehog cake (hazelnut galore!) and it was very light and creamy. I prefer Sweet Obsessions over True Confections because I find their dessert selections are way too decadent and overly rich - it's hard to even finish a piece alone. And I like their selection here - much more refined in style and taste. Good coffee and tea selection with sorbet in the summertime! Love the atmosphere.
Fairly plain but cramped shop which looks more like a shop than a cafe. The tables are too close together and the seats are not particularly comfortable.
We came about 45 minutes before closing on a Saturday night and waited quite a while to be seated. It was fairly busy but there were a few open tables that had yet to be been cleared so we thought it was just a matter of a server cleaning up then we would be seated. However, after about 10 minutes or so of waiting we got pretty fed up and went to the counter where we were rudely told that they close in half an hour so if we want anything it would have to be to go and they wouldn't seat us. Since we just wanted a quick dessert, we decided to have our cakes to go and sit outside (we cleared a table ourselves, finished our dessert before they closed and then left).
The concorde was far too sweet and cut quite poorly. The white chocolate raspberry mousse was pretty good. The Neopolitan was a little dry and even though it usually comes with coulis, the server said she couldn't do it for take out orders. Most cakes cost around $6 but with service like this Ganache would be a much better choice.
I've come to the dessert cafe part dozens of times and it's the best French dessert place in town with the best ambiance. It's packed every evening, even in winter, despite its slightly isolated location.
Restaurant: I tried Trafalgars during the DineOut Vancouver promotion in Jan 2006 and had a delicious meal. I chose it because while all the other well known French restaurants in town (le crocodile, etc.) had a bland prix fixe menu during the promotion, Trafalgars had a more inventive and interesting menu. Our server was stellar, displaying a great deal of knowledge about the food. The food was quite satisfactory, I had no complaints.
The restaurant ambience I would rate more 3.5 stars -- it's not exactly trendy; it verges a little bit on 'neighbourhood restaurant." It's also a bit drafty if you sit opposite the front door (in the winter anyway)
This is a delayed review from August, but I felt I had to warn people. I went here to get some take-out dessert in the evening. I ordered 2 pieces of the chocolate hazelnut zucotto. It was boxed, I paid my $13 (or so) and went home.
Upon opening the boxes we found zucotto that was sliced so thinly you could almost see through it. We were so surprised and shocked that I took a couple of photos of the cake. We ate it and it was tasty. It was not outstanding but it was a solid zucotto. It shouldn't disappoint anyone's tastebuds.
Because of the extreme lack of value, I sent the photos by e-mail to the restaurant suggesting that perhaps a new employee had sliced the cake a bit thin. (The full-size cakes in the window $36 for 6 slices. With that as a guide, I would expect that a single slice for $6 would be about 1/6 of the size of one of those cakes. Since I bought two slices and not the whole cake I can understand that I would get somewhat less than a full 1/6, but what we ended up with was closer to 1/15.)
The owner responded to my e-mail saying that due to the cost of the "heavenly ingredients" in the cake he thought the price and serving size were appropriate. I told him that I thought it was low on the value scale compared to other local places despite the quality of the product.
So to summarize, the taste is good and up to expectations. The price/serving size/value is very poor.
I dropped by this bakery a few nights ago with a dessert craving. The service was a bit slow but it allowed but it allowed me to peruse the beautiful and varied assortment of scrumptious goods. This is a great spot to get a little midweek treat or a cake for a weekend dinner party. Their three fruit mousse is light and lovely. Portions are a bit small if you buy by the slice but it's probably for the best!
i LOVE THIS PLACE!
My favorites include toffee cake, zucotto, fruit tart, creme brulee, mango cheesecake, and tiramisu.
If my memory is correct, they didn't used to have any tables for people to eat in, so it is a pretty small place. It gets really busy and loud so I always take the desserts to go and eat at home.
Service is decent when you are taking things to go unless it is very busy. I've had some dessert at the store a couple of times and ordered some drinks as well. The smoothie I had was not very good and service was just okay.
Great place to take some dessert home!
This is my favourite place to go for cakes in Vancouver - everything is fresh, beautifully presented, and full of flavour. Try the fuirt tart, tiramisu cake, mocha torte, hazelnut zuccoto, and more. I haven't ever been disappointed in this place.
This is THE BEST!!!!!!!!
for Sweet Obsession.
Badly arranged place setting. it feels like a bakery+cake shop with just some extra tables set up in the corner - clean, decent, but not so much effor in decor.
the triple chocolate mousse cake was *delicious* though. especially loved the smooth, light texture and subtle flavour.
This review is for sweet obsession, the dessert cafe next to Trafalgar's
The desserts were overly sweet. It would be nice if whipped cream was offered with the desserts.
Also, the waitress was surly. All the ambiance in the world can't correct bad service.
Further, the seating arrangement in this establishment is poorly planned. The waitress proceeded to bump into the diners in her attempt to bring the orders to the tables.
I'm getting very bored with bad service in Vancouver. If people don't want to be in the service industry, they should move along.
This would have been a decent after movie treat if any attempt at hospitality had been made.
I've eaten at the bistro next door before, but had never stepped in to this little cafe. It was packed (a good sign), and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Unfortunately there was no room for my group to sit. The waitress (who was super friendly, don't know what other reviews are talking about) said that we could go next door to my old haunt Trafalgars, so we did. It turned out to be a great plan - it was more quiet that time of night, and we had liqueur pairings and wine, and one of my party had a cheese plate (yummy selection too!). The desserts were aweeeeesome - my favourite in the city. Try the toffee cake and the zucotto (sp?). The servers there were really pro and friendly, but the cake was a bit more $$. If you want a more casual setting go to Sweet Obsession, and if you want a more elegant place go to Trafalgars...but either place, you won't be disappointed. :)