What exactly is a Bonchaz? According to their facebook site, it’s described as a “a deliciously decadent Mexican-French pastryβ¦oven baked milk bun topped with a crisp golden crust and a hint of fresh ground coffee”.
I’ve heard so much buzz about this place since they opened their doors two years ago after becoming a favourite in the Farmers Markets. I feel kind of silly that I’ve never had a chance to try it out up until now.
I was trying to kill time before a meeting so I decided to walk down Hastings, I wanted to have a snack but I didn’t feel like having anything too heavy. I didn’t really know what to expect when I walked in but I was delighted with the fact that there are different flavours. Of course I decided to try the Chocolate Truffle (with 70% cocoa – $1.75). I ordered that and a tea, the guy standing at the till was helpful and apologetic about the debit machine being slow. He also toasted the BonChaz up a little for me and I took a seat near the window to watch people climb the bus to get home.
The bun is crispy on the the outside but soft and milky on the inside. I’m glad that there isn’t so much filling inside – there was just enough to have a the great taste of chocolate without being too overwhelming. The concept of a bun with chocolate reminded me a bit of Solly’s babkas (which are also to die for) – but here at Bonchaz, I felt like I was having a nice light snack.
Bonchaz is a great place to grab a snack and a coffee for about $3, but I’ve heard a lot of people rave about their lunch specials as well.