Given that I live in the suburb, honestly Kerrisdale is just a bit too far for me. But a few weeks ago, I was invited to swing by Faubourg for a tour – that’s a great reason to bring me to the neighbourhood!
The Kerrisdale location is quite nice. Not only there is space for your coffee date, there’s also a bistro section for a more substantial breakfast, brunch/lunch, or afternoon tea. Unlike most afternoon tea places where they only serve one menu, Faubourg actually offers two menus with the cheaper option at only $17.90 per person.
The kitchen was only steps away from the bistro, and it’s amazing how much can be produced out of this tiny space. There’s almost always someone working in the kitchen, since they bake fresh bread throughout the day to make sure customers are not getting stale bread at 6:30pm in the evening. Then they would take advantage of the evening to make other items such as cakes and macarons – very efficient use of time and space.
Of course, I wouldn’t leave Faubourg without trying its goodies. I ordered the Lemon Tart because it’s one of my favourite desserts. It’s a bit different from the usual lemon meringue pie because the meringue is hidden inside. The lemon custard was creamy with the right amount of tartness, and the meringue has a marshmallow-like texture – all wrapped up in a thin crust.
I also picked its featured dessert, which is Apricot Mousse with Blueberry Gelee. I really liked the look of this dessert, cute and whimsical, and using mini macarons as decoration. The apricot mousse was light and airy with a jam-like blueberry gelee filling. I still prefer the lemon tart though, only because I like bolder flavours in my dessert.
I also tried out an Assortment of Macarons. It’s a bit more crumbly than I would like, but with the nutty texture and flavour that you expect to find in macarons. My favourites were Dark Chocolate (highly recommended for chocolate lovers!), Salted Butter Caramel, Strawberry Blackpepper and Raspberry Rose. Overall, the macarons were in the perfect two-bite size, and the flavours were all quite prominent.
Lastly, I also tried its Croissants, regular and whole wheat. They’re both flaky and buttery. Whole wheat products sometimes could turn out drier than white-flour products, but not this one. Other than the difference in colour (whole wheat is darker) and shape, you can’t really tell the difference between the two.
A New Store
At this visit I also learned that Faubourg is opening a second location in downtown this summer, near the Vancouver Art Gallery. That’s great news for me because it’s close to my office, which also means I now have no reason not to swing by often. Due to limited space, this new location will only have its cafe service, so afternoon tea service will not be available.
Faubourg has also expanded its capacity by securing an off-site kitchen, which will help immensely with its catering service as well as servicing the downtown location.
Faubourg has a good selection of baked goods, pastries, desserts and macarons. I was quite impressed by its quality of products, and especially impressed by its dedication to serve fresh baked goods throughout the day. I look forward to the opening of the downtown location and will add it to my go-to place list.
2156 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver