Yaletown’s Le Cassis serves up French-style treats and cooking classes

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      There’s no shortage of delicious croissants and macarons around Metro Vancouver, and the latest spot to offer these popular French treats is Le Cassis (910 Beatty Street).

      The patisserie and cooking school in Yaletown is the brainchild of Mo Soltan and pastry chef Hoda Shoghi, who was trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

      Guests will feel like they’ve been transported to a Parisian tea salon, where the interior features light pink cabinetry, jewel-toned velvet seats, detailed crown molding, and an impressive chandelier hanging in the center of the dining establishment.

      The space was completely redone after Le Cassis took over from the previous tenant.
      Tammy Kwan

      Its seasonal offerings range from cakes to pastries to macarons, as well as various afternoon-tea menus that can cater to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.

      “We had to bring most of the ingredients from Paris in order to provide better quality French cuisine and pastries here,” Soltan explained to the Straight in an interview at Le Cassis.

      The treats selection includes everything from Paris-Brest to chocolate pyramids, matcha and hazelnut croissants, as well as French-style cheesecakes.

      A classic high-tea set at Le Cassis.
      Tammy Kwan

      “The French technique that we use to make the pastries is really unique,” said Shoghi. “We always have something new, we [will] keep changing and it is always fresh.”

      Seasonal items such as the Christmas log (made with chocolate mousse, blackcurrant mousse, crunchy praline, and chocolate sponge) and chocolate Christmas tree (made with Cacao Barry chocolate, strawberry crisp pearls, cocoa nibs, and shredded coconut) are also available.

      The chocolate Christmas tree can be ordered in advance.
      Tammy Kwan

      Its Christmas afternoon-tea menu includes both savoury and sweet items, which range from puff pastry strudel (with a tomato and olive filling) to blinis (mini pancake with shrimp) to croissant (with French brie cheese and cranberry jelly, and from signature macarons to chocolate ganache tart to mini matcha doughnuts.

      Of course, the tea set wouldn’t be complete without fresh scones—think lemon-cranberry scones served with mixed berry jam and sweet Chantilly cream.

      In terms of tea, its most popular loose-leaf teapots are the royal saffron (Persian black tea served with a crystallized sugar stick), rose and saffron, and the photogenic blooming tea flower (fruity, hand-woven green tea that expands in water).

      The blooming flower tea.
      Tammy Kwan

      “The sandwiches and other food items may look very small, but everything is about the details,” said Soltan. “That’s what makes it so special.”

      If you’re looking to boost your culinary skills this season, check out its cooking classes. Le Cassis offers group, private, and corporate cooking classes, which teach guests how to make tasty treats like macarons, cakes, cookies, and more.

      We don’t know about you, but an experience that’s interactive, educational, and helps fill your belly sounds like a great holiday gift in our opinion.

      Intricate macarons on display at Le Cassis.
      Tammy Kwan