Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts on West Second Ave, Vancouver

Polly and I resumed our cake meet after a long break due to her change of work schedule. I saw a review on the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in the Vancouver Sun some time ago and decided to give it a try.


The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is located at the entrance to Granville Island. This school has a restaurant which serves three course gourmet set menu prepar3ed by the students. The menu ranges from $24 for weekday lunch, $26 for Saturday brunch to $36 for dinner from Monday to Saturday. The restaurant has a great marina view overlooking the North Shore mountains.


The institute also has a Bakeshop and Cafe which serves specialty breads, pastries, gourmet cakes, light lunches and dinners for dine in or take away. This is where Polly and I indulged our craving for cakes.


We ordered three items to share. It is just too tempting looking at the array of items offered at the Bakeshop & Cafe. Those with chocolate cost $3.25 while the rest cost $2.95 a piece.

The first item we picked was the Cheese Cake topped with blueberries. It tasted like lemon filing in cookies.


The next item, we picked a Chocolate Mousse Cheese Dome. It is a chocolate glazed chocolate mousse dome with cheese cake in the center. Very pretty and taste good too.


The last item is a Hazelnut Cake with Milk Chocolate Mousse. The crust is crunchy and the cake is layered with milk chocolate mousse. The cake itself is quite dry.


We also had a Mocha and Latte to go with the cakes. The total bill came up to $18.97.

After the indulgent, we walked to Granville Island Public Market to burn off some calories. There are a variety of stalls in the market which sells flowers …




…fresh pasta…


…cured meat and sausages…




…cakes and etc.


This is a view of the Granville Bridge from the Granville Island Public Market.


I enjoyed the day out a lot and I look forward for the next cake meet.

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  1. Anonymous

    PICA is quite good for lunch, especially on mondays when they have their 2 for 1 special – 3 course meal for just $12! not sure if you been to senses on w. georgia yet, but it has amazing cakes, particularly the passionfruit one. it’s more economical to buy the whole cake and really indulge.

  2. iportion

    Those look so yummy
    I got to bake something this weekend mmmm maybe I will make a cheese cake

  3. polly

    Hi Suanne,
    By looking at those pic. I can’t wait for the next meet up too. Glad that u enjoy so much fun with me. Hope we’ll continue it for long, for sure, ok?

  4. Chubbypanda

    I love Granville Island. When Cat and I are in Vancouver, we do the tourist thing and have breakfast there every morning. =)

  5. Passionate Eater

    What a plethora of delicious dessert selections both at the Institute of Culinary Arts and at the Public Market! I looked at these pictures for over half an hour each! Gorgeous Suanne!

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