As the title implied, it is negative review, which is quite rare on this blog.
After a belated birthday dinner at The Flying Pig for one of my best girl, the 3 of us always find a place for dessert and coffee. I walked past Trees Organic Coffee by Gastown before and remember it advertising their cheesecake is the best in Vancouver! Since there is a location by Yaletown, we decided to head there. It was a 2-block walk from where we were and located in more of a quiet residential area.
The interior is calming, welcoming and quint. It is a good place to get a cup of coffee, share a slice of cheesecake and catch up with friends! I love that the cheesecake display case is the first thing you see and go to from the entrance; it sure captivates the customers! The 3 of us girls admired this display case and argued about which flavour cheesecake to get. There were Maple Walnut, Sin, Blueberry and Chocoholic on the 2nd shelve and Mango, Mocha, Key Lime and Raspberry and White Chocolate on the 3rd shelve.
After a long debate, we decided on Key Lime and Sin. Sin cheesecake is Belgian chocolate with sour cherries and a chocolate crust. To my surprise, a slice of cheesecake is $7.39 with tax! SNAP. I wasn’t expecting a slice of cheesecake to be that expensive! As one of my gf said “This better be the best cheesecake ever as they advertised it!” and I nodded in agreement.
The presentation is nothing fancy. We opted not to have any whipping cream on our cheesecakes. MAN, was I ever disappointed. Key Lime was actually decent. You can really taste the key lime flavour. The texture of the cheesecake is quite soft, like really eating key lime flavoured cream cheese. The crust was not tasty at all and very brittle. It felt like cheap graham cracker crumbs mixed with some butter. Sin…did not taste anything eating sin. It almost felt like whoever made this cheesecake committed a sin. The texture of the cheesecake is firm…as in it has been in the fridge for too long. The cherries didn’t go well with the chocolate. The crust….not really oreo crust or the chocolate crust. The other girl describe it as…”black. It just tasted like black.” It has no chocolate flavour or sugar in the crust. It is bitter to eat on its own. I would describe the crust as coffee ground. (to all the HCPs out there, not coffee ground emesis thank goodness! ;p).
The three of us girls love our sweet and usually not the ones to leave behind food. But after really trying hard, we gave up. It is just not worth finishing both slices. Of all our years of eating out, one of us girls usually finish the dessert (well, it is usually me who polish off the plate). It was disappointing enough that we didn’t even force ourselves to finish the cheesecakes.
We all agreed that we will not return for the cheesecake. They definitely failed to meet our expectation. After tasting this, I am baffled at how this can be the best cheesecake in Vancouver. Cheesecake Etc, Earls, Cactus Club, Milestone all do better cheesecake than this coffee joint. With these cheesecakes, we ended our night on a very disappointing and unsatisfied note.