A restaurant named Mosquito? From the name, it wasn't really appealing to me. It doesn't entice me to go and eat there. A mosquito is a small insect that flies around and possibly bites. There was a restaurant named Plan B many years ago in Yaletown. I refused to go there because it is a name of an emergency contraceptive. It isn't a very enticing name for a restaurant. My friend, who is leaving the country in a few months, wanted to go to Mosquito. Because she wanted to go, myself and a few others accompanied her. I checked out the website and it brands itself as a higher end dessert and drink restaurant. I checked out the menu online. The desserts are a bit pricey. Because it brands itself as a higher end restaurant, I expected it to be small fancy desserts. It's motto is 'Eat dessert first'. We were walking in Gastown looking for the restaurant. I expected some signage or big letters on the window. There was none of that. On the door, in small letters, is 'Eat dessert first'.
It is a very small restaurant. It probably holds about 20 people. It is only open in the evenings starting at 5pm. It doesn't accept reservations. We were there about 8pm on a Sunday night. There was five of us. Luckily we got seated right away. It was very dark inside. The tables were lit by very dim lights and tealights on the tables. The furniture fit its classy brand.
There was five of us and we ordered six of the desserts.
Caramel coffee frozen parfait
espresso meringue, bourbon cara-
mel, candy cap mushroom crème anglaise - 12
Dark chocolate cremeux
caramelia espuma, cocoa streusel,
caramelia pearls,maple syrup,
vanilla salt - 10
Peanut butter & milk chocolate bar
caramel popcorn, caramelized
banana jam and popcorn gelato - 12
Chestnut & mandarin tart w buttermilk and Tahitian vanilla bavarois, Satsuma mandarin jam, candied chestnuts
(not on the menu online)
Olive oil & lemon
olive oil bavarois, madeleine
sponge, elderflower syrup,
dehydrated grapefruit - 12
Matcha green tea opera
yuzu cremeux, coconut matcha
mousse, candied citrus zest, coconut and pandan leaf sorbet - 12
Because it was quite dark in there, it was really hard to take nice photos of the food. The desserts were good but nothing spectacular. For $12 a dessert, I expected spectacular. It was small portions, as expected, and fancy.
The service was good. It wasn't a full restaurant while we were there. There were two servers that helped us. Not sure if they were bored or were supposed to help us. They visited our table quite often. There was no reason to visit our table that many times because we only ordered water and the desserts.
For this tiny restaurant, there was one tiny washroom. It was occupied. My friends and I waited outside. Across the bathroom was the tiny kitchen. While we were waiting for our turn, which seemed like forever, I was watching the chefs plate the desserts. The desserts had a beautiful presentation. I watched the chefs put the different garnishes on the desserts. There were so many colors, textures and height levels to each dessert. It was just too bad we didn't see all the different color variations at our table because it was too dark. I am a very visual person when it comes to my food. If the food looks nice, I am more excited to eat it. Because I took a picture of it with a flash, I saw what it looked like. But I still didn't really want to eat my dessert when I can't see it.
Overall, I would give this restaurant a 2.5 out of 5. The food was so so. Nice presentation (if you can see it). Service was good. Nice atmosphere but too dark. It is a nice place for a romantic date. But if I want over priced desserts with my group of friends I would head to Thierry.