Sunday, August 24, 2014

L'Opera Patisserie

August 24, 2014

Afternoon tea - 2

J's comment > not bad; some hits, most items not bad, more below

Tuna mayo crostini - 2

Cheese tart shell crisp w greens - 2

J's comment > not bad; very creamy tuna (lots of mayo! but that's the way I like it ♫ uh-huh ♪ uh-huh ♪) but crostini a tad tough; greens in the tart shell a notch better than other 'avg' greens, the secret was definitely the dressing; tart shell firm but a tad dense (would have liked it to be crisper and / or flakier) w strong cheese notes

Prosciutto pesto croissant-wich - 2+

Pizza bun - 2

J's comment > insanely flaky, flavorful, rich but NOT heavy! Very well done croissant, pesto flavor shone through (it usually just sits and disappears); could have used a tad more prosciutto portion-wise, which took a backseat in this croissant-wich, but nonetheless mildly present

pizza bun soft and more dough than other pizza toppings' flavor, better than most pizza buns from say your avg chinese bakeries, but still just a bun to me

Dessert tier
(in descending order of tastiness)

Tiramisu - 2

Lemon tart - 2

Macarons: Honeydew & Caramel - 2

Chocolate ganache - 2

Cream puff - 2

Cheesecake rose - 2

Opera cake - 2

J's comment > in general all were not bad (though unfortunately none were particularly exemplary either), except for the Opera cake which is ironically L'Opera's signature (duh...) which was plain avg;

tiramisu was very creamy, would have loved a touch more coffee and chocolate flavors;

lemon tart was decent, good crisp tart shell w a well-balanced lemon custard filling;

macaron texture was crisp on the exterior but soft on the inside and more importantly, had some actual 'fluff' in the center as opposed to just air; didn't really get the honeydew flavor in the honeydew, but the caramel flavor was pretty strong in the caramel one;

chocolate ganache was rich but creamy, but nothing unusual; like-wise the cream puff was very soft all the way through w a good chunk of cream on the inside, but again, a tad one-dimensional

cheesecake needed a stronger cheese flavor, had some gelatin in its texture that I've said before I'm not a fan of in my desserts unless it's jello

opera cake, the signature dessert, had lots of layers that were alright - they didn't particularly meld together into a cohesive form, you could taste each layer separately but somehow just didn't become 'one'; one of the lighter opera cakes, not too rich; passable if you like opera cakes, at least definitely better than Swiss Bakery's, but definitely below Miku's

Complimentary take-home rose meringues - 2

J's comment > not bad; trace egg white flavor (but still faintly present); bold rose flavor but not overwhelming; lovely crisp texture

Don Giovanni: Black tea w dark chocolate & cacao - 2

J's comment > not bad; strong chocolate notes, both in scent and on the palate; exactly as advertised

Barber of Seville: Black tea w berries - 2

J's comment > not bad; milder than the chocolate tea above, but berry notes also very strong, both in scent and on the palate; exactly as advertised;

FYI, I prefer bolder flavored teas w my afternoon tea food tier as I like to taste my tea after the strong flavors from the food, hence I usually stray from fruit and green teas on afternoon tea sets; this tea however, whilst not as strong as the chocolate tea, would nonetheless be able to hold its own if you prefer a fruit tea w your afternoon tea food tier

Tea selection menu

Price list

Pastry cases

L'Opera Patisserie on Urbanspoon

Extra Comments
The staff we spoke to advised that all pastry items are made fresh daily, and that there are staff in the store around the clock 24/7 in preparation of same.

There is only one designated parking spot behind the store in the Sheraton / Hilton parking lot, but according to the staff, as long as you park in any spot 'facing the store', it's safe. Really confusing parking instructions.

Labels: afternoon tea, patisserie, richmond

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