A beautiful little spot tucked away at the edges of "respectable" Gastown, at 172 Powell Street,
is mostly a working kitchen and a counter featuring the daily spread, but there are a few places to sit down, and if you can manage to snag one it's a great place to sit and have a leisurely coffee or tea and chat with a friend.
The London Fog cake is hands down my favourite item here. A vanilla layered cake, the hint of bergamot is truly evocative of a warm tea latte, and the whipped frosting is not too heavy - it's like the foam on top of that latte. It's still a super-rich, decadent treat, but you won't feel heavy and weighed down after eating it - just totally, completely satisfied.
On our visit today my fella had the Bacon Swirl - a cinnamon twist featuring bacon. Now THAT was rich - and S. remarked that he couldn't actually taste the bacon, as opposed to say, the Maple Bacon Fritter at 49th Parallel/Lucky's Donuts. It was definitely there, but the buttery pastry and the cinnamon really overpowered any accent the bacon could have provided.
The only reason this place doesn't get a 5 stars from me is the lack of sit-down seating, the limited range of take-home treats, and the fact that the coffee is not as great as it could/should be to accompany such sweet treats. But the baking itself is divine, and the staff is lovely.
The Bacon Swirl. Yep.
Try one of the truffles if you're looking for a small sweet. This is Salted Caramel Pecan.