Inspired by Kim's post and the fact that I would be in North Van already, my son and I paid a visit to Thomas Haas. Back in my Charlie's Chocolate Factory post, I mentioned that he would not appreciate the quality and intricate flavours of Thomas Haas. After all, anything that is sweet is usually fine by him. I could probably give him a cube of sugar and he'd be giddy for the rest of the day. So off to Thomas Haas we go to see if it is as good as everyone says it is (including my picky sidekick). Actually, I had already had a taste of Thomas Haas on my visit to Vij's. Although it didn't blow me away, the chocolates were indeed smooth, delicately crafted and not super sweet.
We headed over on Saturday morning and as expected, it was an absolute zoo. For the amount of seating space provided, it's best to just get it to go. The fact it was raining as well didn't help the matter, it rendered the seats outside unusable. Since I've already tried the chocolates, I decided to sample their pastries and a sandwich this time around. I got my son a piece of Manjari Chocolate Cake and a Prosciutto Panini for myself. With Prosciutto, butter, asiago cheese, roasted red pepper, watercress, and mayonnaise on organic casalingo ciabatta, the panini was delicious. A little heavy handed on the prosciutto, it was a bit salty; but I'm not going to say no to more meat! My son took a few bites of the chocolate cake and decided that it wasn't for him. I don't blame him, there's rum in it! Well, I really guess he doesn't appreciate the more gourmet chocolate selections they have here.
I also got a Double Baked Almond Croissant, Lemon Tart, Almond Marscapone Cake, Fruit Danish and Macaroons to go. For my beverage, I went for a Mocha. Viv and I absolutely loved the almond croissant. The outside of was sweet and crunchy, while the inside was more buttery sweetness. This was an extremely sinful treat. The lemon tart was fantastic. The filling was very well... tart. Thin, only slightly sweet and very buttery, the crust was a perfect accompaniment to the tart filling. The macaroons were alright, a little too sweet for our liking. Just a bit sweet while still exhibiting the flavour of coffee, I did enjoy my mocha, in between my son's complaining about the cake. I gotta say, most of the items I tried at Thomas Haas were pretty darn good. I will be back.
- Carefully crafted pastries, cakes and paninis
- It wasn't really too expensive
- Great service
- Nowhere really to sit
- Crazy busy all the time