Thursday, October 7, 2010

Best Dessert Ever - Vegan Chocolate Cake

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Hi Everyone!

If you know me, you may know that for a long time I've had a special fondness for the Hamilton Street Grill's Gingerbread Pudding ("Warm gingerbread pudding with caramel sauce, pumpkin and ginger gelato", available this year on BOTH their Taste of Yaletown $25 and $35 menus).
For a while I was also surprisingly wowed by the Triple Chocolate Brownie at Sip Resto Lounge.

Tonight, however, I must have had The. Best. Dessert. Ever. Not only does it involve chocolate, but foodies of all species can enjoy it as it is vegan.

The Wallflower Modern Diner on Main Street (near 8th, between Kingsway and Broadway) is not strictly vegan, but does feature vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus.

Their plainly labelled $6 chocolate cake has a very rich feel. Very dark chocolate but not bitter. The chocolate smothered over it is very thick and hardens quite quickly, adding to the overall chewiness of the cake.
The actual cake portion is not very cake-like as cakes go, but more in between a chewy brownie and a thick pudding. It's also moist and slightly chewy without being wet.
Overall the taste is chocolate, but without being over-the-top in taste, in the way that too much chocolate or chocolatiness can give you a very heavy feeling or even a sickly buzz. (If you've ever drunk hot chocolate at Mink, you'll know what I mean).

For $6, the portion is somewhat small, definitely less than the slab of (probably non-vegan) chocolate cake you an get at Topanga's. But as just two bites will probably do, it's great to share with even three people.

If you like, you can wash it down with mint tea ($3). The small candleholders on the table sit on small saucers which can conveniently be used to cover your mug while your tea steeps.

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