Sweet Revenge serves dessert, dessert, dessert...and chocolate!
My friend and I decided to come here one weekend after an early dinner. We were quite surprised to find a parking spot right outside, because we've been here before, but had to turn away because we couldn't find a spot to park.
The interior decor of this place is quite unique, might not be to everyone's taste though. Once you're in there, you would notice all the vintage posters of Chinese advertisements for cigarettes and other things on the wall, as well as their wallpaper and the wallpapered ceiling. It was like travelling back in time to an old Chinese style cafe. The seating in there was quite cramp; you would find table and chairs (each table is different with their own set of matching chairs), bench seating just by the door, and a couch with a coffee table. Not the most comfy seating, but the dessert made up for it for sure.
My friend and I decided to order the chocolate sampler. It includes 4 different desserts: white chocolate cheesecake, chocolate gateau, Sweet Revenge and the old-fashioned chocolate cake, plus your choice of sauce (we got the strawberry sauce) and 2 small bowls of ice-cream (the one we got was vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce swirl).
We started off with the Sweet Revenge. It definitely was not as sweet as it looked (in a very good way). We especially enjoyed the bitter dark chocolate ganache coating on the outside. The chocolate gateau was surprisingly good as well. It was a flourless chocolate cake with hazelnut centre and raspberry jam, kind of a different version of a black forest cake. It was very light and airy, and again, not too sweet. Next we went on to the white chocolate cheesecake. It was very smooth and creamy, and went perfectly with the strawberry sauce. It had some vanilla bean and another spice that we couldn't quite figure out what it was, but it was good. While my friend really enjoyed the last cake, the old-fashioned chocolate cake, I found it a little too heavy and a little too sweet for my taste, but if you're a fan of the old-fashioned chocolate cake, then definitely go for it!
All in all, delicious dessert, will definitely come back for more!
Cute little dessert place. We tried the vanilla raspberry cheesecake and a chocolate ganache cake with chocolate mousse in the middle. The cheesecake tasted fresher but the ganache wasn't bad at all - very chocolatey. The teas (both hot and cold) were of fairly high quality and altogether tasty. My only food complaint was the cheese and cold cuts platter which featured balognae - seemed a bit out of place at a fine establishment.
Service and value were ok, no complaints.
May be back but probably not any time soon as there are so many other places to try.
I was finally able to come here after repeated attempts before only to find out they open only 5-6 hours a day and when they are open there is usually a lineup outside.
My girlfriend, a friend and I scampered in at around 7:45pm Saturday night. It was full but a server quickly told us it would be a 5-10 minute wait. I scanned the room and it was certainly like a page out of the past - a cross between a tight, but intimately decorated Boudoir and grandma's secret living room in the basement. Deep reds, a melange of mix-n-matched tables, gold rimmed tea cups, a nicely upholstered sofa backed up against a wall, individual candle lamps on each table along with many photographs and artwork from the past (including a generous dallop of media reviews on the establishment) was only an indication of what was next.
We were seated at the center dining table that we shared with another group. Each of us attentively looked through the menu and decided on the following: the White Chocolate Cheesecake, Creme Brulee and the Chocolate Pudding Cake - all best sellers as indicated on the menu. My friend ordered the Spiked White Hot Chocolate and my girlfriend and I shared a cup of Flower Blossom tea.
A short wait and our order arrived. Portions nearly scream dwarfism but it's deceiving. I feel it's an ideal serving size and allows room to order more than one item if you so desired to wow your tastebuds. The creme brulee had a welcoming, tart rapsberry linger and had a fairly creamy texture. The cheesecake was excellent and markedly different compared to most cheesecakes elsewhere. There's no crust and was more light on the palette than dense. It was topped with a seasonal strawberry sauce. My pudding cake was good but I had better. It looked like a scoop of ice cream and it bordered lukewarm. Cake was a tad dry and I could've used extra chocolate sauce but it had the perfect sweetness, several leaps easier on the teeth. Our tea had great aromatics - it was served in a coffee press. We sipped away as I saw my friend snarl in disgust to see his $7 dollar spiked hot chocolate was nothing as advertised. It came in a small martini glass with chocolate shavings; and no alcohol flavouring in sight. I suggested he eat it with a tea spoon.
There is a 1.5hr seating time when busy and there is a $6 minimum order. There was a lineup outside when we left.
I came in with higher expectations and although I wasn't satisfied, it warrants a second visit to try the pie. Great place for an after dinner date.
They seem to stock on quality teas. Great variety to choose from on the menu however, as far as the desserts go, they're pretty much all the same & boring at that.
The original chocolate cake and the chocolate layered hazelnut one is pretty much the same cake w/ the only difference being the hazelnut part & the base. They might as well have been purchased from the supermarket. It tasted like it was made from a very average recipe. The apple pie is basically an apple turnover but w/o the nice flakey layers of crust. It's just a solid piece of sugared single layered turnover crust w/ green apples inside that can do with a little more softening/cooking. All of this tasted like the usual premade, prepacked stuff which we found to be quite disappointing. The pear pudding I had was just like a bland pumpkin pie in texture, colour, and somewhat in flavour. It's so foamy & moist & bland, it reminds me of the poorly made processed pumpkin pies I've had in the past.
Service the 1st time from the old guy was friendly, warm, and efficient. On our 2nd visit recently, it was a curly haired guy who didn't care much about anything but did his job while maintaining a bland expression.
On their most updated, prettied up menu, they state on the cover the minimum charge of $6 per person, so I guess just going for a tea each and chatting isn't going to do anymore though I can understand how they can afford to do that because of the lineups they seem to get out the door on a regular basis but keep in mind, they now also state a seating time limit of 1.5 hrs. I doubt they'd enforce that on a less busy night however, but I don't see myself returning for a 3rd visit.
Going to Sweet Revenge is like going to your grandma's house for tea. The dimmed lights and teapots everywhere makes for a warm and cosy atmosphere. Not every seat is comfortable, they range from comfy sofas to metal bistro chairs. Their desserts are mediocre, but I would still recommend Sweet Revenge to ppl.
I came here twice last month and both times I find the dessert and drinks to be pretty good. I really liked their smooth operator, it was chocolate cake with lots of raspberries and mascarpone cheese. I also find the berry trifle very good. Their zuccotto however was alright, it's not as good as the one I had in Sweet Obsessions, as the one in Sweet Obsessions had hazelnuts and more chocolaty. The drinks in here is very good though, I tried Irish Coffee and it was tasty with just the right amount of liquor in it.
I absolutely love this place. I think it's a very cute little dessert joint for a neat cozy feeling.
I had a Chocolate Pudding Cake and a mocha and they were both very outstanding. The cake was warm with a chocolate sauce and a little of whipping cream on the side. It was to die for.
Not too sure if the server there is the owner, but he's there everytime that I've been there. Wonderful man and very well mannered too.
In the past, I have had their apple crumble, that's very good too!!
Yum, yum, yum all around!!!!
We went to Sweet Revenge after having dinner for some sweets. The friends who took us there had been several times before and really loved it. We were greeted by the owner and given menus right away. I really enjoyed the novelty of the place. The matching teacups for each table were neat, and the dessert/drink menu had decent variety.
We ordered specialty coffee's and the boys ordered raspberry ales. After looking through the menu we decided to get the apple pie crumble which was lovely, a chocolate terrin tart type dessert and the raspberry creme brulee; everything was great and hit the spot.
From what we were told the place fills up in the later part of the week and is only open late night; from 7pm on or so. The decor was interesting; with rich reds and dark blacks but a cross between a room in your Grandmother's house if she were a Vampire
Overall a neat spot worth heading to after dinner treat.
I wandered into Sweet Revenge with two friends after dinner at the Reef. We ordered the chocolate pudding cake and the
Zuccotto with an earl grey rooibos and another tea.
I didn't expect much out of the experience, but the Zuccotto was impressive. I am usually not a "fruit dessert" person but I'll make an exception for Sweet Revenges' Zuccotto. Light sponge cake, with chocolate and berry mousses, coated with chocolate. This was delicious, light but totally soothed my sweet tooth too! The chocolate pudding cake was moist, chocolately, and beautiful as well.
Service was prompt, professional, and polite. We were seated promptly and the waiter accomodated us nicely - he found us a candle as it was my friends' birthday and took our photo even though he was really busy. The only thing he didn't do was sing happy birthday, but perhaps singing just wasn't his forte. haha!
The decor was rich, with textured wall paper and ceilings and ecclectic memorbilia and furnishings everywhere. The place filled up as we were dining, but it was still warm and cozy enough to carry on a conversation.
Without hesitation, I would go back to Sweet Revenge Patisserie. Mmmm.
their desserts are great but for the prices they charges, its robbery.
i ordered their chocolate mousse cake and white chocolate cheesecake; their mousse cake was one of the best i have ever had - not too sweet with a very smooth flavor to it, wonderful! on the other hand, their cheesecake was just average. it was fine (and not chunky) in texture and tasted good but there are lots of places out there that offer better cheesecake.
the man who served us was courteous and polite, he did a solid job of running the place by himself with only one other guy in the back making the desserts so props to them.
their prices are roughly $7 per dessert which is expensive considering a) their location is on main street (not downtown or on the west end) and b) this place is not a restaurant. yes, restaurants do charge more but this place likely has minimal overhead costs to incur so they should therefore be charging less for their desserts.
ambiance is great - cozy atmosphere with dim lighting and great decor. nice environment to bring a date or a friend to relax after a full meal.
overall, its a great place with lots of selection on their menu with undoubtedly wonderful tasting dessert. prices are steeper but its not large enough to steer people from this place as it has built a pretty solid reputation with their customers.
If appreciate good tea and dessert, you should make a trip here.
About 5 of us ended up here for dessert one Sunday night. I was very glad we did. We had a variety of desserts and teas. I had an excellent loose leaf earl grey with my dessert (I forgot the name of it but it was like a chocolate cheesecake with an excellent chocolate graham cracker rust--satisfying yet surprisingly light.) Each of our teas came in individual Bodum pots, which was nice change. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
The decor was not my cup of tea (OK, bad pun) but it was interesting. The high ceiling was copper-coloured whereas the walls were a bright red. The furniture and serving plates and teacups were mismatched in a semi-shabby chic direction whereas the art on the walls were early 1920s-ish Chinese posters. (If you are familiar with the vibe of the Main & 20-something area, you probably know what to expect).
I wouldn't recommend this for a first-date (or second, for that matter) but I would come back here with the ol' hubbie or friends and family. They also appear to have a healthy take-out business.
I will return when I get a chance, or at least, do take-out.
Been there a week ago.Tried take out.I ordered for a cake with a long name that i am not able to remember at the moment,the cake was fresh and nice but i found it way expensive.when i opened the box, i found the cake to be non other than simple "Black forest" cake.but i always liked the "black forest".As i expected it to be a special cake,i was a kind of disappointed.
The service was average.The server did not greet my coming.when i asked him to help me choose the cakes,he did not bother at all.i had to ask him thrice.Then he pointed towards the manager and i approached the manager.asked him to help me choose the cakes,but ALAS!!!! even he did not bother helping me.He told me 'whatever you like".Feeling lost and ignored,took my cake and went out.
The cake was really good and i liked the maroon wall paper too.
Tonight I went to enjoy the old-world dessert Patisserie on Main and left feeling tricked. Our server offered ice cream to each of us to accompany our desserts. I asked if it came with ice cream and he said "this dessert comes with whipped cream, but I recommend getting ice cream with it--it's much better." I accepted and then received both whipped cream and ice cream, so I assumed then that I would be charged for the ice cream. I was: $1.50. Okay. Fine.
When I received the bill, I was surprised at the total. I quickly scanned it only to discover that I was charged $.25 for a take out box (!) and they included a 15% gratuity on the bill! I didn't realize that a tip was compulsory, especially 15%! The HST was calculated based on the dessert, the ice cream, the box, and the gratuity, raising the bill's total even more.
My friend didn't even see the gratuity and added a tip on to her bill!
I just felt mislead and my pockets were emptied a little more than I consented to. My friends and I will not be returning.
My girlfriend randomly found out about this place online. Online menu look pretty good so we decided to check it out. When we got there it was packed. It was a good thing my girlfriend made reservations. It says on their website "they will try their best to accommodate your reservation," so expect to wait.
This place is tiny and the decor is really interesting! I liked the mish mash vintage look. Luckily for us we got our own table. There were two other parties that were sharing the same long table with only a paper partition between them. There isn't a whole lot of room to move around so expect to sit elbow to elbow with the people around you.
I have nothing bad to say about the food presentation and quality. My apple pie came out nice and warm, all the dessert came out at the same time and my friend's white chocolate cheesecake was delicious.
I also enjoyed sipping my coffee out of their vintage china tea cups.
I would definitely go back. But, I wouldn't go there with any more than 4 people in our party.
The desserts were solid, but small in size and definitely overpriced. I had the creme brulee, and others at my table had the sweet revenge, pumpkin pie and white chocolate cheesecake. All were tasty, but nothing that we haven't had elsewhere.
we were really unimpressed by how rude the waiter was. He came to our table to get our orders, and in the middle of us ordering, he said, "I hope you know there is a $6 minimum per person. That means you need to spend at least $30 for your table." We found this a little bit insulting, as we were all ordering a drink and dessert, which would come to around $10 per person. It seemed odd that he felt the need to point out a minimum amount?? Then, in the middle of eating, he came to our table to ask if we were parked in the customer parking lot in the back and said one of his workers was coming in, so please leave or move a car. We weren't even done eating yet.... Poor taste on his part. I won't go back. The desserts weren't good enough to make up for the poor service.
I just wanted to pipe in with the "not that great" review of this establishment.
I took an out-of-town guest there a while ago. We obligingly waited, and after about 45 minutes, we were the next ones up for a table. There were quite a few people behind us, and I was flabbergasted when the owner/manager took 4 of his friends who just came in before us! Talk about preferential treatment. He made no excuses, just told us that they were his friends. At least make it look like they were there before and were inconvenienced or something. Any old excuse is better than the outright "they're more important than you", even if it's true.
We finally were seated, and we ordered chocolate cake and apple crumble. The portions are really small. My a la mode was nothing more than a teaspoon sized dollop. It didn't taste bad, or particularly good. Tea selection is decent.
Ambiance is good if you're into the garage sale furnishings with mish-mash china in a space smaller than Mariah Carey's shoe closet.
The long wait, inconsistent service, and ho-hum food/drinks really won't have me rushing there anytime soon.
This was my second visit to Sweet Revenge in the last six months. This time I opted for the apple pie and my friend opted for the creme brulee. The apple pie was just ok, a little too dry. My friend (I did have a sample, and agreed) found the brulee very tastless. It always seems packed in there, and I wonder why - this desert shop offers nothing with nuts as well. This is not a place I would ever take a date, it is way too stuffy.
These scores really don't represent the establishment in its entirety very well. On their own, they mean nothing, and neither do all of the Georgia Straight awards posted on their door. Unfortunately, this establishment's finer points (food, interior decoration) is overshadowed by the server's act of dishonesty and general carelessness. Patisseries are, as a rule, overpriced, but there is no reason why the bill should end up as being dishonestly overpriced and miscalculated. The server did not seem to feel the need to inform the customer of the 15% gratuity in neither speech nor print. All trust is lost when the restaurant cheats your money, whether it was intentional or not.
Service was also poor: the drinks were incorrect and 2 out of the 4 glasses were dirty. Forget the food and ambiance-if the service doesn't measure up, that is a crippling handicap.
As mentioned in previous posts, this place is easy to miss with its black exterior. Even when we were right across the street from the place we werent sure if was open as the curtains were drawn. The interior is cozy and there are plenty of interesting knickknacks to look at.
Seeing that it was a saturday evening (8pm) and there were 5 people in our party, I was afraid that there would be a long wait, but luckily the one large table was available. The lineup at the door quickly grew after we arrived and some would-be customers left disappointed.
We ordered the zuccotto, sweet revenge, tiramisu, berry trifle, and chocolate pudding cake for dessert, and a large kyoto cherry rose tea to share. The standouts of the desserts were the tiramisu, trifle and the warm chocolate pudding cake. The berry trifle and tiramisu are perfect for those who prefer less sweet desserts. And the chocolate pudding cake is a full of rich fudgy goodness (good for those with a sweet tooth). The zuccotto cake was quite tasty too. The Sweet Revenge dessert was just a small and very dense piece of cake covered with chocolate. This was the least favourite of the group.
The large Kyoto Cherry Rose tea was enough for everyone to drink seconds and thirds since we refilled our pot 1.5 times. The tea had a delicious aroma and was great for cleansing the palate when sampling all of the different desserts.
Service was pretty indifferent and the server was slow to take our orders.
I always come here to get my sugar fix. but I never eat there becuase it's always packed & it doesn't look enjoyable to sit (seems it can get too hot & crowded). When I order, I get my food within minutes from a guy with a decent attitude & I'm out the door.
I haven't tried a lot of cakes but I like the zucotto & the traditional chocolate cake. No hard frosting or dried parts. I've read most of the reviews here & I don't understand why people keep saying it's overpriced. Any cheaper & better place would be to go to Safeway or Save-on & buy a huge cake.