308C West Champion St.
360-715 - 2195
Tues-Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
When I stopped by the downtown Mount Bakery pastry shop one day to see what it was like, I had no idea it would become my favorite dessert place. Owner Olivier Vrambout offered to help me choose one of the Belgian chocolates or pastries that he makes from scratch with all organic ingredients. He offered a chocolate truffle that looked innocent enough, but soon became almost an obsession. Soon, I was finding all sorts of reasons to walk down West Champion Street -- on my lunch hour, then after work, and now, on weekends. There are worse things to be addicted to.
Besides truffles, Vrambout prepares Belgian waffles with fruit, crepes, crème brulee, cream puffs and other culinary masterpieces. The chocolate bistro cake, topped with powdered sugar and tiny fresh flowers, is so rich that it may have to be eaten over the course of two days. All the chocolate used is Belgian. The chocolate mousse, topped with a fresh strawberry, was small in size but big enough to satisfy the most intense chocolate craving ever. Sandwiches, on homemade bread, have become a part of the Mount Bakery experience. Proscuito, turkey, salami and veggie sandwiches are listed on the chalkboard menu. There are also specials, like a hot croque-monsieur sandwich or a Brie or pate sandwich, each week.
The décor is as lush as the food. Burnt orange walls are lined with pastel borders, and fresh flowers sit next to big bowls of fruit. It almost looks as if the bakery has been set up as a still life for a painter. The café works well as an after-dinner dessert and coffee spot as well as a place to get a quick chocolate treat to go. Don’t be surprised if the owner remembers your favorite chocolates or makes something special for you -- it’s just that kind of place.
Near the corner of Bay and West Champion streets at street level in the Mount Baker Apartments building, a few stores down from the Donut Kitchen.
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