This is one post that I’ve been neeeeeeeeeding to write (but couldn’t do so earlier due to Ramadan/work). And since this was about Montreal, it was an extra special post!
This trip was quite different from my last Montreal trip in that I tried food from different places! Actually, to tell you the truth, in this trip I was looking for the best croissants and Italian coffee/treats. Here were the highlights:
- Croissants from Patisserie Kouign-Amann, Le Plateau Mont-Royal – The pain au chocolat, plain butter croissants and the almond croissants were to die for!! They were so warm, soft, buttery and very light. I have always visited this place, but used to go just for the kouign-amanns, but this place is now considered my GO-TO place for croissants 🙂
- Pastries from Mamie Clafoutis (various locations) – They also had amaaaaazing pistachio croissants, pistachio/choc croissants, “au mon dieu” croissants (very chocolatey ones) and other pastries. These were on the sweeter side as they were topped with icing sugar. You have to go here early in order to get hold of the pistachio croissants.
- Fresh ice cream from Kem Coba – This place is known for its fresh and unusual flavours of ice-cream. There are usually 2 different choices of soft ice cream every 2 weeks (I usually have a mixture of both) and about 6-10 choices of regular ice cream. On the 2 weeks visit to Montreal, I had Kem Coba 3 times 🙂 Be prepared to wait in the queue for around 30 mins or so.
- Affogato from Cafe Olympia – Their espresso (strong and not bitter) over a bowl of vanilla ice-cream (s000000 creamy and tasty) was divine!
- Cappuccino from San Simeon – A relatively new italian coffee place
- Doughnuts from San Gennaro – A modern Italian cafe place; they sell “Bombolone”, which are light and small doughnuts filled with either nutella or vanilla cream. These were so light, fresh and not too sweet!
- Cannoli from Pasticceria Alati-Caserta – A wide selection of cannoli and other Italian pastries were available here; but I chose the original. These are prepared as you order. The ricotta cream stuffed inside the shell was really fresh and tasty.
- Latte and croissant from Cafe Myriade – Cafe Myriade will always be on my list of places to visit in Montreal. I just love their lattes, cookies, brownies, plain croissants and muffins! My Montreal trips are incomplete without visiting this place.
- Hot chocolate from Cacao 70 – In my previous post of Montreal trip, I wrote that Juliette et Chocolat served the best hot chocolate. However, on this trip, I tried a dark hot chocolate from Cacao 70’s special chocolate menu called “75% Tanzania”. This was sharp chocolate with fruity and spicy notes! I liked the fact that pure melted chocolate was served in one glass and liquid (thin chocolate milk) in another. The point of this was so that we could mix the chocolate with the liquid as to how thick or thin we wanted. I was really impressed with the quality here. And as usual, I didn’t miss out on the triple chocolate cake 🙂
- Poutine from Poutineville – Previously, I said that La Banquise served the best poutine! However, after trying this, OMmmmmmmmmGggggg. This was the ultimate poutine. You can either select a choice from their menu or you can make your own. In order to make your own, it’s pretty simple: you tick off some checkboxes on their order sheet. I chose their special base (hand crushed potatoes rather than the usual fries) with mozzarella, spicy poutine sauce and jalopenos! Since I’m Bangladeshi, the spices in this poutine as well as the freshly hand cut potatoes really blew my mind 😀 And my Montrealer friend and myself could not stop bragging about this for a month!
- Brunch at Fabergé – I went to this place to have their “Chicken and Waffles”. Waffles topped up with fried boneless chicken with a side of spicy coleslaw, BBQ sauce (not too sweet, made in-house), home fries and seasonal fruits! I also added a poached egg on top (for me breakfast isn’t complete without an egg). This was so filling and satisfying; I loved the combo of waffles, fried chicken with the delicious sauces. P.S: Went to Kem Koba after this cuz it was right across the road!
- Vegetarian food at Lola Rosa Café – My vegetarian friend treated me to food at this tiny, crowdy little cafe situated near McGill University. I ordered the “3 Cheese and Spinach Lasagna”. Cheeses consisted of mozzarella, cottage cheese and leek bechamelle sauce, and was served with a side salad. Lasagna was so so good. Portion was very decent and I was 100% satisfied with this vege meal!
- Quebec food at Le Quartier Général – Last, but not least, we had a full dinner at this Québécois restaurant! Prob one of the top resto’s I’ve been to in Montreal. Read more here
I tried other places too, which were good but they didn’t hit my “favourite” list.
- C’ChoColat – We went for the popular presentable chocolate dome dessert. It looked like a chocolate dome with a drizzle of hot caramel on top that melted the dome to uncover gelato, brownies, waffles underneath. This was one creative and entertaining plate. Unless you have an insatiable sweet tooth, I recommend sharing. For Montreal’s standard, Cacao 70 and Juliette et Chocolat still stand out above this place. I’d have to say that I was extremely disappointed with their service. Ex: Our drinks were served to us after we finished eating, we were served one napkin between the both of us and the service was extremely slow.
- Léché Desserts – This place is famous for their fresh doughnuts. I find them to be American style big doughnuts (rather than the small European ones) and they have unique flavours. I wanted the grapefruit and also the pistachio flavours, but they didn’t have any. They are known for the passionfruit doughnut (hubby said it’s really good), but I found them too big and sweet for my taste. I prefer smaller fresher cream doughnuts – but that’s cuz those are the ones I grew up having.