La Cuisson Coffee Shop
8368 Capstan Way, Richmond
R loves coffee, and that's no secret. So when I told him I discover another place that serves Siphon coffee, he was gamed. Despite the fact that we hate Richmond traffic and parking, we still decided to go and check it out.If memory serves me right (which often it does not ><), La Cuisson opens at 2pm. So it's definitely not your typical grab and go coffee shop. It's the type where you would want to sit down and enjoy it. The shop is rather small, but very cozy and relaxing. We noticed a little sign on the table states that 'Today's Special' is any specialty Siphon coffee with cheesecake for $9.50. The coffee R chose was the Jamaican Blue Mountain blend, as the real Jamaican Blue Mountain ($15/cup) was not included in this deal. The coffee was aromatic, and that's about all I can tell. Although R liked this coffee, but he still prefer the Siphon sumiyaki coffee he had at Aoyama, it was less bitter and acidic.I on the other hand opt for tea instead. The tea I chose was called Sleigh Ride. It's a combination of bourbon vanilla, citrus peel, hibiscus, apple, grape, rose hip, cardamom, coriander, almond, and pink pepper. Wow, that's a lot of ingredient for a tea, and I don't know 1/3 of the ingredients. So what does the tea tasted like? It was very aromatic with a light fruity smell and a hint of vanilla fragrance. The tea itself has a medium acidic after taste which I did not like, I am guessing it's from all that fruit bits they added. I asked them for some honey to sweeten the tea, and that was an extra $0.50. It comes in a cute little jug. I must say, it tasted so much better with a bit of honey.
On the day we went, they have a choice between Marble cheesecake or Japanese cheesecake, we chose the latter. The minute they brought this out, I was certain this is not Japanese cheesecake, because Japanese cheesecake is more cake like, and baked. The taste was also far from it as well, they used gelatin powder to solidify the creamy mixture (meaning non-baked), unfortunately there are still minuscule chunks of gelatin balled up inside. However the taste of this was not bad, it was rather creamy with a light cheese taste. I think the cheesecake by itself is about $5.
Overall, we were generally satisfied with the food, but in reality I would come here more for the ambiance. It's a nice place to chat and relax. It's also a rather cute place for a date. Service was good and attentive. Since the restaurant is small, it filled up really quickly, so I guess go early on the weekends if you don't want to wait.