Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dauphine Bakery and Bistro

Having a hot drink with dessert will always be something I enjoy doing despite the warm summer weather. After having lunch at The Burg (see previous post), CJ and I wanted to have some dessert and hot beverages to wind down with. After walking down 4th Street Promenade, I suggested to go to Dauphine Bakery and Bistro (twitter.com/DauphineBakery) - another food place I've been wanting to try. 

Dauphine Bakery and Bistro is a family-run, French inspired food place in Downtown and is formerly known as Queen of Tarts. You actually have to take a flight of stairs down to get here, so you can't really see the inside from the street level. However, stepping inside, you see beautiful lights fixed right above the glass display cases filled with an assortment of pastries, along with large blackboards with their menu items written with chalk. 

The interior.

CJ and I couldn't decide what dessert to get - there were so many to choose from! Cakes, brownies, tarts... pretty much any delicious sweet you can think of. We ordered a dessert to share shortly after as well as some drinks at the counter, then took a seat at the far end of the bakery. We were told our dessert and drinks would be brought over to us, so we took the time to get comfy and enjoy our view of the place. 

Our dessert and my drink.

Our dessert looked delicious presented on a clean white plate, and our drinks had a sweet aroma with the steam rising from the mugs. At this point CJ and I had already connected to the Shaw Go Wifi which is all along 4th Street Promenade and had started watching Attack on Titan on Netflix (mwuahaha). 

Carrot cake.

The dessert we picked was a Carrot Cake (~$6, sorry I don't remember the exact price). I thought this cake was great since it wasn't too sweet, yet it still had the comforting flavours and spices found in a carrot cake. I just wished that this cake was more moist, perhaps with more of the cream cheese frosting too! Normally CJ and I are able to finish desserts fairly quickly, but we found ourselves taking our time with this one. 

Vanilla steamed milk.

I went for something simple and chose steamed milk for my drink. I requested for a vanilla flavour shot to be added. While I thought this drink was enjoyable, I probably would've liked it better if it was just slightly more sweet! 

Hot chocolate.

CJ doesn't like drinking caffeinated beverages, so he chose an even more simple hot chocolate for his drink! I didn't try his drink, but considering he finished the entire thing without complaining, I would have to say that he enjoyed it as well.  

For two drinks and one dessert, I paid somewhere around $10-$15 for everything. In addition to pastries and hot drinks, Dauphine offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu! They serve items such as soups, sandwiches, quiches, and many more. Another neat thing about Dauphine is that they offer high tea service for $25, but you would need to reserve in advance. I've never experienced a high tea service before, so I would love to try it out at Dauphine one day! I would recommend Dauphine Bakery and Bistro if you're looking for a place to relax with some drinks or desserts, or if you want to grab a simple, light lunch. The French inspired interior and background music make Dauphine the perfect setting for a casual yet romantic date with your loved one! 

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