Trafalgars Bistro at Trafalgar and West 16th has always been our favourite. It’s been our go-to place for Valentine’s Day, anniversary, birthdays and any special occasions in between. We were always impressed by the desserts, which were supplied by its sister operation, Sweet Obsession, located right next door; but it was only until recent days that we finally stopped by Sweet Obsession for some sweet treats.
On two separate occasions, we tried four different desserts. First, the Lemon Mousse Cake was creamy and had prominent lemon flavours. It had a good mousse to cake to lemon curd ratio. The lemon layers could be sourer but the flavours were well balanced. This was refreshing and very enjoyable.
On the other hand, Chocolate Hazelnut Zuccotto was just decadent. It reminded me of Ferrero Roche with nutty hazelnut flavours. The chocolate chiffon cake was light and airy, the hazelnut layer was a bit loose, but all layers combined made it a rich and creamy cake.
The Bittersweet Chocolate Buttercream was another rich dessert. The chocolate cake layers were dense and rich, the chocolate buttercream was creamy, perhaps a bit too sweet for my liking. This was a more classic take on dessert but this was good!
Lastly, the St. Honore just caught my eyes in the display case. There’s puff pastry; there were cream puffs; there were chocolate shavings; there were chocolate drizzles — there were so many components! And look at the presentation! Pulling this apart made it so much fun to eat. This was just $6.50, which I thought was very affordable.
It’s like going to a candy store when you set foot in Sweet Obsession! There are full-size cakes on display, as well as individual pieces. They are nicely presented and my mouth just drooled by staring at the display case. And it was very difficult to decide on just one dessert — just chocolate dessert alone you are probably facing a dozen different options!
Sweet Obsession is not very big, so it’s more suitable for one-on-one, intimate meetup with your bestie over a slice of cake and a cup of coffee. Each dessert item is priced ranging from $5.75 to $6.50. It also sells savoury items for sale too. I think I need to go back again to finish sampling its entire dessert menu!!
Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries
2611 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver