Let me start off by saying that I have a penchant for desserts. So when fellow food blogger, David, and I wanted to meet up, I was certainly biased towards a dessert-friendly place. Neither of us had been to Gastown’s Acme Cafe, a popular eatery for breakfast, sandwiches, comfort food and delectable sweets. So, we decided to go there for our foodie get-together.
Historic Paris Block
Gastown is deeply rooted in history and Acme Cafe’s location is no exception. The Paris Block, where Acme Cafe is in, was formerly known as The Eastern Building. For over 60 years, it was home to Pierre Paris & Sons, a logging boot manufacturer and shoe retailer. With the restoration of the Hastings corridor and surrounding historic buildings, Acme Cafe opened in April 2010 in the restored Paris Block. The interior of Acme Cafe is rather retro-esque so you definitely get a historical feel.
What We Tried
As soon as you walk into Acme Cafe, your senses are delighted by the sight and smell of fresh baked goods. The choices were overwhelming but we decided on having the following:
- Key lime pie ($6.25)
- Chocolate cake ($6.25)
- Affogato ($4.50)
Acme Cafe is famous for their housemade pies. The Key lime pie was nicely creamy and tangy with a delicious homestyle graham cracker crust.
The triple-layer chocolate cake was surely decadent and rich, but just too sweet for my taste. I would have to say that I prefer a smoother, silkier slice of cake from Trafiq.
I sampled David’s affogato and found it to be simple and delicious. It’s where vanilla ice cream meets espresso – hard to go wrong there.
Overall Impression of Acme Cafe
In general, I quite liked the small selection of desserts that we tried at Acme Cafe. I preferred the Key lime pie more than the chocolate cake as the latter was rather sweet. I’d be interested in trying out their all-day breakfast offerings in the future. Rating: 3.5/5