They’ve been serving Vancouverites cheesecake and jazz since 1979: nearly 30 years!
This tiny & intimate cafe is located just south of the Granville Bridge, at 2141 Granville Street. Hungry after seeing a movie? Need a place to chill after a day at the beach? Wherever you’re coming from, Cheesecake etc. is centrally located and ideal for those nights where you want to relax but aren’t ready to go home yet.
This was my first visit. My girlfriend and I shared the daily gourmet special of Tiramisu & Cheesecake ($6.25, pictured left) and a slice of Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberries ($6.50, pictured right). As you can see from their menu, they only have a few types of cheesecake. The Cheesecake Factory this is not. With such little variety, the original must be good right?
Yes. It was pretty good. Not the best cheesecake I’ve had in Vancouver, but not bad. The cheesecake was chocolatey, moist, and had a sharp cheesy taste. The Tiramisu & Cheesecake tasted as advertised, although I wasn’t crazy about the sludgey (a word I just made up) texture.
The real star here is not the “Cheesecake”, but the “etc.” – which I like to think refers to Jazz. On this night, a musician filled the cafe with jazzy piano tunes. According to their website, the owners welcome jazz musicians from all over the world to play in their cafe. The jazz helps set the mood and differentiates this place from other Vancouver dessert cafes like Sweet Revenge, Sweet Obsessions, and True Confections which offer more dessert variety but less ambiance.