When “FATE” brings Bakery SATE to The Drive.
On the south side of the Broadway skytrain station, thrives another section of the community on the drive that is constantly moving, and evolving. More than three years ago, one of the newer commercial developments at 12th and Commercial stood empty for quite some time. “It seemed like no one wanted to take a chance on the space,” says Eric Ho, pastry chef and owner of Bakery Sate. Launching the French bakery business situated at 2879 Commercial Drive has proved to be a great move, and three years later Eric couldn’t be happier. You see, along with a passion for baking, he actually owned an engineering firm prior to moving to The Drive. His story is inspiring to know that people can make big career changes towards their true passion and succeed at it!
When it comes to successes, one of his hits in the kitchen is definitely the croissants, standard or chocolate. Created fresh every morning, the (Red Seal) trained pastry chef finds the perfect balance in double baking them. Along with the standard fare of goods you find in cafés, you are definitely in luck if you are craving a more delectable dessert.
You can see the care that goes into the pastries. Some of them are beautifully presented, like the coconut-passionfruit cake, and a host of others that Eric is constantly inventing. Sometimes though, you just can’t deny a hot bevy, and a fresh cream puff. Or on a rainy day, surrender to an espresso crème brûlée without blinking. All of it made without any artificial color or flavors. Through a small window, you can even see watch them make it firsthand, inside the ambience of its quite large contemporary space with high ceilings.
Because of all things baked from scratch, you can definitely get a custom order cake or request as well for a special occasion.
Being specialized definitely has its business perks, as the bakery has had good fortune of being featured in the Huffington Posts “ Top 20 bakeries in Canada”, and a television spotlight when Eric participated in The Food Network’s “Sugar Showdown” in a Season 2 episode. How cool and sweet is that? “It was a great opportunity to happen” says Eric. With such great progress, is there a downside to it? Well Eric does point out that the café is closed Sundays and Mondays, and that his loyal clientele would prefer his shop open seven days a week. “Never say never”, so the saying goes. If instinct proves correct, as it has in his career, it just might likely happen….
You can find Bakery Sate at 2879 Commercial Drive www.bakerysate.com
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