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Aug 7, 2006 02:51 AM

Best chocolatine in Montreal?

I am partial to deGascogne but I just wanted to see what else there is out there.
Abou 10 years ago when I lived in the pPlateau, there was a bakery on Duluth just east of St-Laurent, that had great chocolate croissants. Does it still exist and does anyone know the name?

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  1. paltoquet on van horne

    1. Not a chocolatine expert by any means but Olive et Gourmando's are pretty impressive.

      Au Pain Doré's are merely serviceable except for the fact that they also sell them uncooked and frozen. There is definitely something to be said for chocolatines hot from your oven.

      1. Unfortunately the bakery on Duluth near St-Laurent has been gone for some time.

        I second the vote for baking the uncooked Pain Doré chocolatines. And they usually don't need to rise overnight or they become yeasty - an hour or so in the morning will do.

        1. My personal fave is Les Saveurs du Plateau on Laurier East and a stone's throw from there, Le Fromentier makes a good one too. I've also heard good things from Fous Desserts further down Laurier near St-Hubert but never tried it.

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          1. re: Campofiorin

            Checked Fous Desserts yesterday. They just started renovating their establishment(it's expected to take a month or two to complete), so in the meantime they have opened a temporary location three doors down(to the east). It's a bit confusing, as there's no sign at their original location, indicating they have a temporary location.

          2. in case anyone is interested
            paltoquet is at

            1464, avenue Van Horne
            Outremont, QC H2V 1L2
            Phone: 514-271-4229

            these are the best croissants in the city hands down

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            1. re: celfie

              >>these are the best croissants in the city hands down<<

              On a good day, maybe. The problem with Platoquet is that it's wildly uneven.

              1. re: carswell

                Carswell is this based on personal experience, or what you have heard? This exact same point was made on the Endless Banquet food blog. I've tried Paltoquet once, & was very impressed(the other times when I've visited Paltoquet, they were sold out on their croissants).

                1. re: BLM

                  Personal experience. Until searching endless banquet just now, I was unaware they'd "done" Le Paltoquet; it appears to be mentioned once in a post on desserts at Les Chèvres and not at all in the listing. Michelle's description of the bad-day croissants as "dense, floury, and tasteless" pretty much jibes with mine -- "heavy" and "lifeless" were adjectives I remember using -- and with friends who made a detour to the store after an initial rave from me and came back with a "meh." I admit my experience is limited; I've never been much of a pastry person and that goes double for croissants these days (*le cholestérol oblige*). And I think the guys running the shop have their hearts and minds in the right place. But I don't feel I can give their croissants an unqualified recco.