Taking barolo's advice, a group of us took on the arduous task of taste-testing some of the desserts at Ganache Patisserie on Homer Street in Yaletown. A tough job, to be sure, but we manage to suffer through somehow.
PeppermintTea, Ling, dUbVADER and I taste-tested five desserts between us. Following is a list of our preferences from best to merely okay; interestingly enough, we all ranked the desserts in exactly the same order. Descriptions are taken directly from the Ganache Patisserie website.
Milk chocolate caramel mousse with hazelnut croquant, raspberry gelée, 75% Tanzanie dark chocolate mousse, praline crunch and chocolate biscuit. Awarded first place by all of us. Lusciously rich and smooth offset by the praline crunch 'crust'.
Dark chocolate raspberry mousse, raspberry balsamic gelée, cocoa meringue. A very close second to the Caramel Chocolat; in fact, had we based our selections on strictly chocolate desserts, this would have been our number one choice. The raspberry balsamic gelée filling and the delicate morsels of cocoa meringue on the bottom really make this dessert.
Dark chocolate mousse, caramelized bananas, praline crunch, hazelnut dacquoise. Ranked third by all of us except dUbVADER who abstained from tasting this due to his aversion to all things banana. Lovely rich chocolate flavour; however, we found the banana flavour to be a bit overpowering and would've preferred it as a complimentary taste rather than taking centre stage.
Opéra à la Noisette
Dark chocolate ganache, coffee buttercream, hazelnut biscuit, praline crunch. Tasty, yet a bit lacking in depth of chocolate flavour.
Tiramisu cream, 70% dark chocolate mousse. In hindsight, I should've taken a photo of this dessert to show the dark chocolate mousse centre after we had taken a few bites. Of all the desserts, this was the only one that we felt was just okay. Not good, not bad, just okay. We probably would've ranked it higher if the marscapone had a thicker, creamier consistency and the ladyfingers had been more moist (booze, that's it, more booze!). Personal preferences definitely came into play here as fellow eGulleter butter and her husband, who arrived just as we were finishing our desserts, declared the Tiramisu-Chocolat to be absolutely delicious.
As Ganache Patisserie's menu changes seasonally, we'll definitely be back to taste-test their new desserts!
daaaaamn......that's awe inspiring.. i've been to ganache for chocolate (their truffles are to die for!) but haven't tried their desserts yet.. i'm definately going to asap!