The Village Patisserie
2217 Oak Bay Ave.
I was strolling down Oak Bay Ave. and stumbled upon The Village Patisserie. It’s plain-looking inside but it smelled enticing. I noticed they had a lot of deli items for sale by weight. I was eyeing up the saffron rice pudding. But I just came in for a quick snack so I had a few cookies. The shortbread was nice, and I had a Persian rice cookie with cardamom and rose water. Rose water is a tricky ingredient to master in baking because it can be so overpowering, but I enjoyed the level inside the cookie. This patisserie is small, and it must be family-run and owned. The baked goods were nice and I might go back to try some of the salads and savoury items.