The scone may not look like much, but this versatile gathering of dough can either leave the consumer with the most delicious rock in their belly, or feeling relatively “meh.” To save all UBC students from the crushing despair that is a disappointing dessert, I tried three scones from three cafés in order to determine the best choice for your daily dose of deliciousness. This review is entirely selfless — I understand if I am your new hero, but please save your thanks for later.
Great Dane Coffee is the first stop on my scone adventure. After trudging through the summer rain, I excitedly pull out my trusty laptop and settle on to one of the rustic wooden tables outlining the main entrance. I look over at the counter and notice the double berry scones’ crust peaking modestly between its fellow pastries. Accompanied by a large cup of coffee, I begin my journey into the crispy hug of the massive delicacy.
It starts with a satisfying crunch. The top crackles in my mouth, releasing faint amounts of lemon and a dusting of brown sugar. The scone's substantial interior isn’t too sweet, but still subtly counters the coffee’s natural bitterness. The berries are just the right amount of tart, without being overly sour. Although Great Dane also offers sweeter options with the same crunchy tops, the berry versions are for those who appreciate the art of a hardy scone, while still enjoying the tartness of real fruit over sugar.
Next, I head to Loafe to try their savory cheddar and chive scone. Stealing myself a rare seat in the café’s posh interior, I take my first bite. With an egg washed top and a distinctly brunch-y feel, the inside of the scone reminds me of an omelet. The top is sadly lacking in crunch, but the scone still manages to be appropriately buttery without being too greasy. It has the perfect amount of onion and egg flavour, but the cheddar remains elusive. As I continue to munch away, I realize that this scone would probably taste much better if it were toasted.
The last stop on my scone tour is Boulevard, a cozy yet open café with tons of table space. With a large offering of buttery goods to choose from, I carefully select the scone most likely to fulfill my obsession for fruity flavours. Sitting at one of the front tables, I peel open the wrapper on my breakfast, and savour the smell of the Boulevard’s chocolate orange scone. This scone maybe good for the soul, but not for heart health. Struggling to push aside a few nagging facts from my summer nutrition course, I dive into yet another scone, only justified by the fact that I’m writing a review about it. The first bite reveals that the scone’s consistency is flaky and buttery all the way though, with some gooey-ness near the centre and surrounding the melted chocolate chunks. The chocolate isn't too sweet, and gently compliments the scone’s essence of marmalade. Overall, it reminds me of a soft southern biscuit. Although I’ve never been to the South, I imagine this might be what it tastes like.
The scone adventure has come to its end, meaning it’s time to give you the recommendation that will carry you into future classes feeling full. While all the campus cafés were able to bring something special to the plate, it was an obvious choice when it came to which one stole my stomach. Great Dane Café had by far the most satisfying scone. The berry scone’s delicate balance of sweet and tart flavours, as well as it’s superior top texture, was the only scone that managed to keep me coming back for more. Now go forth into the world and enjoy some good scones!