I'm not sure how I was unaware that Level V was a completely vegan cafe and bakery. I did see that Whisk Matcha Cafe was featuring a vegan hot chocolate for the festival so off we went.
Whisk Matcha Café/Level V Bakery - Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival - Vegan Café
Located at Kingsway and Main, this is a really terrible place for parking. Do yourself a favour and be prepared to park a ways away and walk (your legs aren't broken) or use transit.
The Kyoto Snow, their Hot Chocolate Festival offering was very much a thing of beauty! White chocolate, matcha soy latte, and black sesame paste in a white chocolate rimmed cup with a mini matcha cream puff on the side! Oh my god, this was a heroic effort and the result is a showstopper not to be missed. It is only available until Jan 31 so don't wait too long. We will be back to try their second offering for the first 2 weeks of February.
As mentioned, I did not realize that this is an all-vegan bakery and cafe and so we decided to try a couple of menu items including an Almond Croissant (my wife's favourite) and a pepperoni cheese bun! Both of these were amazing!
They have some lunch items as well. I usually avoid avocados as I want to avoid raising Piers Morgan's ire (such an idiot) and frankly, they are not the most environmentally friendly. This was kind of a rushed decision and there are other better vegan lunch choices but anyway... This was really good toast and the vegan cheese was maybe the best we've tried (smoked gouda style?).
This is a bright and airy place but without a lot of seating. The staff were friendly and everything was efficiently prepared and delivered to our table. We will be back to try their next featured hot chocolate and try some more baked items (and maybe vegan ice cream)!
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Vegan options 5 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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