Baklava in Vancouver-where's the best?
Just came back from Turkey and fell in love with this stuff-so delicious. I know it won't be the same... where can I find something even half as close in the greater Vancouver area?
Don't know about the definition of "best". But when I used to live on the west side, the traditional Greek community along the Broadway corridor between MacDonald and Alma still offers several Greek bakeries (and Greek restaurants, until the '00s when they began disappearing).
The good news is, I've bought good baklavas from:
All three are between Blenheim and Balaclava.
As Sam notes, Broadway Bakery is no more. It was replaced by Baguette and Company. Which means my favourite Greek baklava is gone forever. Serrano is pretty good but I can't recco the baklava from Parthenon -- not fresh enough.
If the OP is looking for Turkish style, I wonder if one of the places on Main between 12th and 15th might be better? I had some mighty nice baklava from one of them recently but it had pistachio instead of almond.
Pistachio is exactly what I was looking for. I only tried pistachio, walnut, and double pistachio when I was in Istanbul although almond sounds pretty tasty:). At some places you could get it topped with kaymak (for sure wrong spelling) which was like a clotted cream-really over the top but good. I am planning on bringing it home and topping it with the cream-can't wait...will def tell you how it turns out !
I'm not an aficionado, but trusted sources tell me that the baklava at Mediterranean Specialties on Commercial Dr is quite good. Add this to your survey!
Afra Bakery at 1521 Pemberton Ave. in North Vancouver does a very very nice pistachio baklava. They also offer almond and walnut varieties.
When you visit be sure to sneak into the back area as well, where they are baking fresh sangak and have it hanging for purchase fresh from the oven.