Restaurant: Diplomat Bakery
Last visited: February 23, 2010
Location: Steveston – Richmond, BC
Address: 6111 London Road
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Food: 4.5 – based on the 3 items I tried
- Location in the middle of nowhere (industrial)
- Near Steveston Village
- Popular to locals
- European bakery
- Popular for cakes
- Whole cakes available
- Wedding cakes available
- Very reasonably priced
- Quality ingredients
- Some savoury café foods available
- Great for quick lunch/coffee/dessert
- Spacious, clean, contemporary
- Self-serve/pay at cashier
- Seats 20
- Eat in/Take-out
Recommendation: Napoleon, Spinach and Feta Cheese Brioche
I’ve only tried a few things here and based on those I gave it a 4.5/6. However I think it could easily movie up to a 5 if I tried more things – I still need to try more of their cakes.
It’s basically the True Confections (cake café) of Richmond. The style, look, and choices at Diplomat Bakery are similar to those offered at True Confections, but not quite as refined. I can’t say 100% because I haven’t tried enough, but True Confections I think is better. On the other hand Diplomat bakery is half the price of True Confections. All Diplomat Bakery cakes are $3.50 a slice so it’s very affordable compared to the $7-8 you would pay in downtown.
Overall I enjoyed everything I had and would go back to try more. However it is a little out of the way and not so convenient so I would really have to make it a plan to go again. I don’t think they’re an open late kind of place, but they were very busy in the late afternoon with lots of locals stopping for coffee and dessert. They also serve a small selection of savoury foods like muffins, quiche etc.
On the table:
Napoleon – 4.5/6
- Every bakery has their interpretation of the Napoleon.
- It was layers of flakey crisp pastry and butter cream sprinkled with icing sugar.
- It was sweet, but not overly sweet. It’s sweeter than the Saint Germain’s Napoleon though.
- It was very fresh and you could taste the quality of ingredients. I loved the layers of flakey pastry and the ratio of cream to pastry was great.
- However the layers of butter cream were really buttery and I could taste it – it didn’t melt as well as I would have liked. It was a denser butter cream, not the fluffy whipped kind. It was almost like pastry custard, but it tasted buttery. I prefer pastry cream or custard in Napoleons.
White Chocolate Baileys – 3.5/6
- $3.50 for a slice $40 for 9 inch cake
- This was a pretty cake. It was white chocolate cake with a layer of white chocolate Bailey’s cake and a layer of dark chocolate cake in the middle.
- This was a dense cake and although the middle layers look moussey, it’s not. It’s an actual cake, but it does have a slightly creamy texture…almost like cheesecake does, but it’s not cheesecake. It was thickened with butter instead of cheese but it was still a cake. I liked the texture of cake and the denser middle layers of cake though.
- It had white chocolate shavings all around the edges, which was a nice touch.
- It actually wasn’t that sweet and I thought it would be since it was white chocolate.
- I could taste the Bailey’s and it’s not overwhelming or too heavy on the liquor but carries a light coffee taste. It’s mixed into the middle white layers.
- I think they the dark chocolate layer could have overpowered the white chocolate layers a little bit. The white chocolate cake layers came off as regular white cake and it was a tad dry. Luckily it had the middle layers to keep it more moist.
Spinach and Feta Cheese Brioche – 4.5/6
- This was huge and a really good price.
- I enjoyed mine with a fried egg for breakfast and my friend enjoyed hers with tuna. It was very enjoyable with these extras although it tastes good on its own too.
- It’s not soft and fluffy, but the crumbs are tight like brioche should be. It’s egg and butter based bread, so it’s rich in texture and flavour. It’s a bit dry, drier than brioche should be though, but it was ok because the filling kept in moist.
- It’s stuffed with spinach and Feta cheese mixture and the Feta was actually quite strong and stood out. There are some ‘fillers’ in the mixture, but it just made it even better so it didn’t bother me one bit.
- They add some mashed potato and onions into the mixture so it’s almost creamy and hold lots of flavour. You can bite into small pieces of minced potato so the texture is great.
- I kind of wanted a bit more egg wash on the top though – I like my brioche to have that slightly sweetened and baked egg wash.
Yeah I'd say this place is worth a trip out..but with a larger group so you can try more stuff in one sitting…:)
Omg! Bakery Nouveau pretty much wins all!!!!
No comparison there!
Have you tried Michelles cake shop in Richmond (on buswell street)? Chinese bakery. Their cakes and breads are not overly sweet and you can tell they use quality ingredients. My favorite there is their chestnut buns(actually anything chestnut they do great). They put a lot of stuffing inside and not just all bread.
Yup! I just went to Michelle's last week! But I prefer the mango cake an Janice Bakery! They load it with the most mangoes ever!
True their cakes aren't too sweet and they do a unique crepe layer which isn't too common. I'll be sure to try the chestnut cake next time. I had their strawberry one last time, but though it was ok.
I’ve only ever had napoleon pastry from Maxime bakery…haha sad I know, but I found it to be extremely rich and buttery, it didn’t sit well with me. It was only a $1 though, hahaha.
So I am on the hunt for less buttery napoleon. You know what you must try?
Boston Pie from Taster Bakery by the Surrey T&T on 152nd Ave. Yummy Boston Pie!
They also have a fresh Taro + egg pudding cake. Tasty.
Hi Annie! Welcome to Follow Me Foodie! 🙂
Yeah napoleans are actually just “naturally” buttery desserts by default.
I find Asian napoleans are usually less because they use more whipped cream than butter cream. Not authentic, still buttery, but perhaps less is another Asian one from Saint Germain’s: http://www.followmefoodie.com/2009/12/saint-germain-bakery-%E2%80%93-napoleon-review/ (excuse the formatting… it was an old post that got moved over etc.)
Another good one is the Napolean Josephine here: http://www.followmefoodie.com/2009/10/boulangerie-cho-pain/ (excuse the formatting again)
And the Diplomat Cake is one of my favourite Napolean-like desserts at True Confections… not a napoleon, but similar and not too buttery.
Happy eating! 🙂
@Annie- oh an thank YOU for the recommendation! I’m not a huge Boston Cream Pie fan, but I’ll still eat it if it’s there 🙂