Sweet Revenge serves dessert, dessert, dessert...and chocolate!
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.
My wife and I stopped in for a quick dessert and coffee to finish off a midweek date. The place is neat with lots of odd character, cute tables and complete with proper teacups. After a very brief wait we were seated and ordered two desserts and a French press of coffee to share. The desserts were really tasty (Smooth Operator & Apple Pie) and I would highly recommend both. The coffee on the other hand was appalling, week and tasteless. I asked the waiter if he would mind putting an extra scoop to give it a bit of strength to which he happily said he'd bring us a fresh pot. We then watched as he explained this minor issue with the manager/owner (older Caucasian man with glasses) who proceeded to roll his eyes in disgust, grab the pot and prepare an even weaker one. We decided to cut our losses with the coffee but when it came time to pay the bill I requested, from the manager/owner, that the coffee be removed from the bill. In a fit of passive aggression he rolled his eyes again at me, snapped the bill out of my hand, slapped the revised one on the counter and glared at me. I proceeded to mention that on street which is becoming known for it's coffee and good restaurants, I was sadly surprised at the poor quality of their coffee. He snapped my credit card out of my hands, rang it in and stormed into the kitchen. I, undoubtedly, could not leave a tip for this kind of service, which was unfortunate for the server as he was lovely.
Will not return.
interesting decor and the desserts themselves are ok. i tried the apple custard crisp and found it to be too sweet for my liking. my friend found her creme brulee to be just average but the chocolate pudding cake is pretty good. value wise though i think that it's pretty overpriced for what they give you. i wouldn't bother going back again
A little dark and small place but it has unique mood for dessert shop. Taste is really good not too sweet and perfect balanced cake and tea. If you want to enjoy what is real dessert you must visit there and the ambiance is especially good to go with women.
This is a good dessert place tucked in along Main st. Usually very busy and packed, which results in lineups and less than ideal seating arrangements involving tight spaces and folding chairs. Nevertheless, if you can tolerate that and the automatic 15% gratuity tagged at the end of the bill, this place delivers good quality tea (loose leaf compared to cheap bleach tasting paper tea bags). I had the Apple custard crumble and I was not disappointed. Apple and custard base had good taste and texture and not too sweet. Crumble top was just the right crunch and not loaded up with butter. Well done. Probably not a place that I will keep coming back, but good to give it a try as it has a great comfy nostalgic feel of Vancouver's past.
My experience last night in this dessert place prompts me to write a review here.
There were 5 of us and we were seated in the round table closest to the kitchen. Four of us ordered a different dessert and one friend ordered a cup of iced tea. When the waiter, a Caucasian possibly in his 40s, heard that my friend was only going to have a cup of iced tea, he murmured to himself and made a weird expression that comes upon as very unprofessional. Just because my friend ordered a cup of iced tea for now doesn't mean he won't order more in a moment. And my friend did order another cup of iced tea after a while. Ok. That's fine.
There came the dessert later. The cheesecake was fine and quite rich in texture. The chocolate pudding cake was nicely prepared but a little bit to the sweet side. My pear bread pudding was lack of pear aroma and tasted like baked oatmeal. Anyway, we finished the dessert and chatted for a while.
Suddenly, the waiter came behind me and asked, "Can I take the seat back?" My reflex action prompted me to stand up and the waiter quickly swapped my seat with a much smaller stool-look seat. It was only a few seconds later that I realized how I made myself a fool. I have been sitting on this seat ever since we were seated in the round table and where I was sitting was no way blocking the passage way. My wife was really frustrated by the waiter’s behavior and asked him why he swapped my seat. It was then that the waiter realized there were three people sitting in a 2-person table and he should have asked one of the people there for the bigger seat in exchange for the smaller stool since they were blocking the passage way. He didn’t offer an apology and just said he was getting tired.
This waiter came upon as unprofessional, rude and lack of regrets. I would never go to this so-called desert place again.
My friend and I visited this place tonight. My friend wanted to order a dessert that was just under 6 dollars, while I ordered a dessert that was over 6 dollars. The total would have been VERY little short of 12 dollars. After we ordered, our waiter told us that there is a $6 minimum charge per person. My friend was forced to change her order to something more expensive and something she liked less.
I understand why there is a minimum charge, but why not make ALL your desserts $6 and above then? What if I wanted to eat something less than $6 but didn't want to drink anything? I would gladly pay just 30 cents more just to eat my 1st choice of dessert rather than picking something I didn't like as much.
Throughout the entire time, our waiter was grumpy and unfriendly. He looked really unhappy when I said I couldn't finish mine and asked him for a take-out box. The ambiance was nice, and the desserts were pretty good. My chocolate mousse cake was smooth and creamy. The minimum charge just makes it awkward. Either lower it to $5, or just make all your desserts $6+. That way, we can enjoy a piece of cake, without being forced to order something different or order drinks we don't want.
The food was decent. The Chocolate pudding cake was a bit too sweet. The Tiramasu was quite good. The White Chocolate Cheesecake wasn't bad too. Overall, the desserts that we had weren't knock out fantastic, but they did offer quite a few desserts that had no wheat, so the food may be perfect for some. The taste was fairly average. I would rate the ambiance a "3" normally, but ambiance is affected by service, which in this case was horrible. Now understand, I'm not a picky person, but in this case, it warranted me making an account and writing a review.
The place was moderately busy for a Monday night, but we called ahead to make a reservation. They didn't hold a table for our reservation. Fortunately, it was only a 20 minute wait. The service was slow. We understood, however, as there was only one server for the place, and about 15 people in the place.
When the waiter came (a gentleman in his late 30s, early 40s) the first in our party was opening the menu to find the dessert she wanted and I guess the 5 seconds she took to find the name was too long for our waiter, so he excused himself and took off to another table to take their order. When he came back, he said: "So, are you ready NOW?"
That was the first bout of rudeness we had.
You could tell he was irritated and in general treated us with disrespect and rudeness. Perhaps having a bad day, but we were nothing but decent to him and didn't make any complaints.
When we went to pay the bills, there seemed to be a calculation error. When we brought this up, he said: "Well, there is tax you know, are you sure you're including the tax?" assuming we would leave it at that. However, we quickly calculated it and said it still doesn't add up. After a bit of going back and forth he said: "Well, that also includes a 15% gratuity because you have a party of 6 or more.
Now, I understand that the menu does say parties of 6 or more will have a 15% tip added automatically, but there was no indication of that on the bill and it was only when prompted a few times that the waiter even mentioned it. As some had paid their bill and added an additional 15% (making the total about a 32% tip, it was clear that this waiter wasn't just rude, but also dishonest. I won't go as far as calling it theft, but the way he went about it was extremely sneaky.
Due to the principle, we asked for our additional tip back. After complaining, he gave it back. I can understand if someone has a bad day and can't hide his emotions, but there's no excuse for dishonesty. I wonder how many others he has taken advantage of.
This place sets the standard!! The apple pie was a self contained mountain of goodness. The pastry was just right, not too greasy or salty. A lovely flaky shell.
The blueberry tea I had was also great on a rainy evening. The handful of times I've been to Sweet Revenge, the server always asked if I wanted more water for my tea.
The place is not the easiest to find if you are driving by, but its worth hunting for! We waited about 15 minutes to get a table, but if you manage to get inside it is a cosy wait. Even though we were seated at a small table with not tonnes of space around us, we felt quite at home and comfortable.
At 6-8 dollars a dessert, I rate Sweet Revenge solid for its value.
When I walked by this place the first time the ambience was intriguing, and it is an excellent concept. It took me three months to get around to finally going there.
The overall strength of this place is the ambience. Part of that atmosphere, by the way, is fellow patrons oohing and aahing over whatever it was that you ordered, so don't go there if you have privacy issues. But the lighting, chairs, interior decor - all fantastic.
The service was technically slow, but to be honest that's just fine as in a place like that if you're hurrying then you're missing the point.
That said, my wife ordered the "white hot chocolate" and I had a chai. The chocolate was oddly presented - in a martini glass - and tasted essentially like a melted chocolate bar. It may have been that, in fact, as it was also quite a small serving. The chai was not even, I'm afraid, as good as something I'd toss off at home.
I really, really wanted to like it. I tried. The desert, by the way, was good. A good, solid, unpretentious, benign "good." It was like the...Lexus...of desserts: essentially higher-average quality presented in a top end packaging. If you'd had the same dessert at White Spot you wouldn't have said, "what is this doing here!"
This is a pretty cool place with cozy Victorian decor. About 15 various choices of dessert, especially great if you don't feel like having just a piece of cheesecake. Also, a long list of choices for tea, coffee and liquer
The only downside is the place can get packed during weekends, so bring along a lot of patience as you might have to wait a long time for a table and service. I'll go back, but will avoid peak time period.
By the way, the place is not easy to find. No awning with name, just a small sign on the front window. So FYI, it's on the east side of Main around 26th.
In terms of the desserts, drinks, service: think the 'grab bag' game in mario party. Pretty much a hit or miss.
I've been to this place on 2 separate occasions, but with the same group of friends. The first time we came, all of the desserts were fabulous. The server (I think he was the owner) was great at explaining the drinks, and what dessert would complement them. The drinks were great, the food was great, and we definitely had a great time!
On the 2nd time there was a much older gentleman,who i'm assuming didn't exactly have alot of experience in the service. I had asked him about this one particular tea, and he abruptly left to seat another table. Then after serving 2 other tables, he comes back but is unable to answer my question. Then I proceed to ask him about a different tea and he does the same thing and didn't KNOW the answer! On my THIRD attempt, he makes a big fuss about the place being busy and him being the only one there. Okay, stop right there. I've worked in the food service industry and yes, I know how crappy it can be if there are 20 ppl who demand your attention. But buddy: KNOW YOUR FREAKIN' PRODUCT. I can't stand it when ppl who are in sales that know absolutely nothing about the product they are selling. I don't even see the point of selling a product if you don't know it, or even believe in it. At least he could have given the illusion of knowing it, and just randomly picked the best seller as his favourite. Bloody hell!
I eventually ordered the spiced chai (btw, this is the nastiest drink ever) and the choc. mouse cake. The rest of my group ordered the wh. choc. cheesecake, and two super moist choc. cakes with this warm choc. sauce on top. Except he f**ked the orders and didn't put the second one in. We rec'd this one about half an hour after the rest (this totally POed my friend because we saw this other table --WHO WERE SEATED MUCH LATER--get the same dessert way before she did).
I don't think I'll do this again.
I am a regular customer at this place (as many as 3 times a week) and the server knows me by face now. This is how much I love Sweet Revenge.
They offer home-made desserts at its best. The black forest cake (seasonal) is one of the best black forest cakes I have ever had. The combination of fresh cream, soft sponge cake, sweet cherries make this dessert one of my favourites. Another favourite of mine is the blueberry cappucino creme brulee (flavour varies everyday). The texture of the creme brulee is just right, not too creamy yet not too solid. I also highly recommend the pear bread pudding (served warm - very soothing on a cold wet day) and my friend orders the berry trifle every time we visit SR. However, there is not much variety in the menu (gets a tad boring after the 5987th visit).
All of these desserts taste especially delightful when paired with their rooibos (I recommend the Blueberry Bang and Hawaiian Colada) or their dessert wine (Iced Apple, Elysium, Essentia).
The ambience is another plus. I love the decor of this place, very 50s. They have an antique radio, antique fireplace, which I find very charming. One of the best pleasant surprises I came across were old photographs of Vancouver in the 1920s pinned on the wall near the only round table in SR. It was interesting to see the Waterfront Station in the olden days (there used to be a beach there!). Very nolstagic.
Service is good. Understaffed most of the time, but pleasant and amiable servers. The place is very tiny, so there is usually a huge lineup. But it's definitely worth the wait. =)
Not sure what all the hype is. I agree that its easy to miss while zipping by on Main. The decor was neat, very different. I old fashion cups, decor is a great idea. So is the coffee and tea by the bodem.
However, the desserts are fair if not poor. On my first occasion there last week, I had the creme brulee after reading all the reviews here which suggested that it as great. Mine was worst than a *Safeway* bought dessert. Nothing *creamy* about the brulee. My friend ordered the same, and she had the same reaction so it wasn't a one off thing. My other friend ordered the apple pie pastry, and it was at best mediocre. Pastry was too thick, and not great pastry either.
Service wasn't the best either. Showed up at 8pm on Sunday, had to take a table with plates and cups from the last customers. Took a good 10 minutes for the single waiter at the place to come by and clear it off. Also, if you are a vegan, you are shit out of luck. My friend couldn't get any of the desserts, nor even order any dessert drinks with soy milk substitution. They didn't have soy milk period. What?? This is Vancouver after all - not to have at least a few choices that are Vegan friendly is business suicide.
My two cents, save your money and go somewhere else.
I was never really a dessert person until I stumbled upon Sweet Revenge. This little hot spot is easy to miss if you're driving down Main Street. Like the area, the patisserie has an eclectic interior and vintage mood. The menu includes selections for light and heavy dessert eaters. They have a variety of tea and dessert wine very enjoyable while having a late night hangout. The Creme Brule and Zuccotto are my favorite of the bunch, consider that I am less of a sweets person. The White Chocolate Cheesecake is the best cheesecake I've ever had! Forget Cheesecake Etc! What you order here is what you get. Every bite is aromatic and delectable! The only thing I suggest for the patisserie is that they should be a little more creative with their presentation.
Since my first visit, I make sure I get into a weekly routine of spoiling myself at the dessert house. The only time I had a dissapointing visit was the time when I had to get in line for 10 minutes...and you know what that means: When there is a line-up, it is going to be cheap and good.
Have been to Sweet Revenge soo many times and love it!
Have taken many friends, and they all enjoy it as well.
Never had Roobios until I tried it there, and it's great! Desserts are fab. I think I must have tried all most all of them at some point. Staff is lovely as well, and I quite enjoy the atmosphere.
Can get quite busy at times, but well worth it.
Will be trying the Sunday Tea at some point. Definately think it's a great place, and encourage others to try too!
I kept on hearing amazing accolades about this patisserie, but I don't know why. It might be because I ordered the sweet revenge signature chocolate torte cake. It was hugely disapointing, and I usually eat anything chocolate (and especially dark chocolate). I didn't even bother to finish the cake. The coffee is a bit weak, but it could be due to the use of bodums. Try several presses before drinking.
I usually give a place a couple of tries before giving up, so I will go back to see if it was just that one dessert that was poor. But I am not rushing.
Well I have yet to have a poor dessert there. The cheesecake is well the way it should be but never is. The chocolate mud cake, tiramisu yum that's all I can say. I love this cute little place and they have an amazing tea list you can keep it simple or add in a splash of your favorite liquor. This has fast become one of my favorite spots in the city.