Tuesday, August 21, 2012

$1 cake at Breka Bakery and Cafe

Breka Bakery on Urbanspoon Breka Bakery is interesting in many ways, and depending on what you are used to, it can be a refreshing change.

For starters, it's a 24-hour  café. Not special on its own, but add that everything is made by hand on site, and with no additives and preservatives. Now compare it with other places that typically either do their baking in the morning and ease off by afternoon because they'd otherwise end up with overstock at night; or cafés that ship in factory mass-produced stuff in the morning. At Breka, you are likely to get reasonably fresh bread and made-same-day cakes whenever you drop by.

When I was there at 8pm last Friday, they had a good selection of cakes, and each portion was fairly large at reasonable prices, typically under $4 if not under $3. There was just one selection of "day old" cake, going for a mere $1 per slice. If you're a Starbucks person, compare this with a single small $2 whoopie pie. If you've been in downtown Vancouver coffee shops for too long, you'll probably jump for joy at these prices.

Of what I tried, the quality of the cakes is on par with what you might get in a restaurant for $6-8. Not fancy enough to warrant more, unless you're in a fine dining establishment that has set the price point with $30 mains. Overall, it's reasonably priced, medium to large portions, with the added bonus of being hand made.

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