If you search for Patisserie within Vancouver, L’atelier Patisserie is going to be one of the top results you find. It is very interesting to see L’atelier Patisserie tuck their front entrance on the sidewall of a loading bay that is located in an industrial area in Vancouver. They started doing business in this location in late 2017. Even though the outside doesn’t look like much, the interior feels like a slice of Provence. L’atelier Patisserie is located on East 5th Avenue, near Main Street.
Strength: Ever-changing menu items to keep things fresh.
Weakness: Limited quantity of desserts.
The storefront is tucked away
L’atelier Patisserie is hidden in a loading bay. The only reason I found it was the black awning and the yellow signage with faint black lettering. They are probably one of the most modest patisseries in town. Even before entering, I can feel the transition between the surrounding atmosphere and the delicately designed store.
Interior reminds me of Provence
I entered the small retail space to see the custard colored wall which reminds me of Provence, followed by a greet of “Bonjour”. The interior has a really warm feeling to it especially because it was raining outside during my visit. There is a display of sugar cookies, jams, and lavender on the shelf which is similar to Le Marché St. George. I have encountered 2 staffs during my visit, and they are both friendly and extremely pleasant to talk to.
Desserts in a cardstock box
If I have one complaint about L’atelier Patisserie, it would be for the way they put their desserts in the box. For some reason, desserts tend to slide around, evidently from the top right of the picture above.
Lemon Tart $5.50
The Lemon tart is beautifully decorated with torched meringue on top. It has a faint taste of lemon, but the sweetness is more noticeable. The meringue on top has a very interesting texture which spreads through the mouth like sweet foam.
Chocolate Hazelnut Trianon $5.80
The chocolate hazelnut Trianon is comprised of chocolate mousse, hazelnut cream, and almond Dacquoise cake. This dessert has a dense and creamy texture with the rougher almond Dacquoise cleansing our palate. The taste of almond and hazelnut is barely noticeable but complements the chocolate mousse.
Caramel Apple Mascarpone Tart $7.00
The caramel apple mascarpone tart looks beautiful with an interesting shape and edible flower decoration. I enjoyed the interesting clash of flavour of caramelized apples and mascarpone cream. The base of this tart has a hint of hazelnut taste.
Banana Passion Milk Chocolate Bar $7.00
The Banana Passion Milk Chocolate has banana mousse on top and passion fruit filling in the centre. wrapped in milk chocolate crust. I like how the passion fruit’s acidity cuts through the richness of milk chocolate. The banana mousse acts as a good transition in between the two. This is one of the case where I admire the bold combination of taste that worked to my surprise.
Matcha Passion Fruit Cake $5.80
The matcha passion fruit cake features a creative combination of flavour and texture. Passion fruit paste uses its acidity to cut through the sweetness of white chocolate, and the bitterness of matcha gives it more depth. There are has two thin pieces of white chocolates on top for decoration. What’s worth noting is the light, foamy texture of matcha mousse on top. L’atelier Patisserie makes really good foam that almost disappears as soon as you put it in your mouth.
The croissants served at L’atelier Patisserie is near perfect. It has very crispy skins that look like falling snow as we eat it. Slight acidity indicates the use of natural levain, which makes the croissants feel less oily. Not much shrinking is observed at the bottom center of the croissant which indicates a very well controlled temperature during the baking process.
604 Food Critic Assessment
L’atelier Patisserie serves very refined baked products. The pastry chef here has the boldness to combine ingredients to create new and interesting flavours. They have also demonstrated their techniques that are evident in the simple croissants, which is made with 10% ingredients and 90% skills. In case of anyone wondering, this place is also one of the rare places where the price still looks reasonable. L’atelier Patisserie is now my go-to place when I feel like taking a short trip to France.
L’atelier Patisserie Menu
How to get in touch
- Phone: (604) 329-6153
- Address: 260 E 5th Ave, Vancouver
- Hours: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM, Wednesday to Sunday