Saturday 20 October 2012

Cactus Club & Thierry: Tuna Club, Macarons

Finally after two and a half months since we all returned from Quebec, a group of us Explore friends from Vancouver had a reunion! Other than the chilly autumn sun there was nothing reminiscent of summer here but our conversations about the summer we shared brought us back to sunnier places.

I enjoyed good company and nostalgic conversation at a rather noisy Cactus Club on Burrard. I don't usually choose to eat at chain restaurants, probably because quality control of the same menu items is not guaranteed at all the locations. I was pleasantly surprised with what I ordered thinking that it was just a Tuna Club with fries.

The ciabatta bun was brushed with olive oil on top and spread with red onions in generous mayo and butter on the inside. The tuna was grilled medium rare making it tender and dissolving upon each bite. There was also a small piece of bacon on top of the tuna between the buns which I did not care for.

Fortunately this Cactus Club location was within walking distance to Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café. Thierry was on my list of places to try in Vancouver so I was excited to finally get to go!

The café was full of people inside and outside on the patio all happily consuming their treats. I wanted to try their beautifully decorated cakes but I was too full from dinner so I chose two macarons instead.

There was a good assortment of macaron flavours all in appealing colours. I chose a chocolate pistachio one and a cranberry one. Honestly I did not expect much since the last macarons I had at Simply French were disappointing. It must have been my lucky day because all the food I ate today were so delicious!

Both macarons were chewy and slightly sweet. The cranberry one had a small dollop of jam in the middle of the filling but other than that did not taste anything like cranberry. I think the chocolate pistachio one had some orange element to it which I thoroughly enjoyed. Both were scrumptious!

My friend ordered the tiramisu and she loved it a lot. It was very creamy with dark chocolate pieces bordering the cake.
I want to go back to Thierry and try their other desserts already!

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