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Olive & Gourmando: UNREAL

sherrisparaga Nov 23, 2006 02:44 PM

On my last visit to Montreal (my hometown), I went to Olive & Gourmando, a rustic cafe in Old Montreal on St. Paul Street. The grilled sandwiches are amazing. People line up to get in and it's worth the wait. Perfect food in a very authentically Old Montreal atmosphere. It is closed on Sundays & Mondays, but I highly recommend it for lunch on any other day of the week. It was recently reviewed in Gourmet Magazine (March, 2005) & was recommended to me by a friend in Montreal. Enjoy!

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    BJE RE: sherrisparaga Nov 23, 2006 08:07 PM

    We will be in Montreal over Christmas. What would you reccomend on the menue and what are the prices like?

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      rcianci RE: BJE Nov 24, 2006 05:16 PM

      My favorite sandwich at O+G is the Cubain Panini (Ham, roast pork, swiss, house-made chipotle mayo, and pickles on their wonderful bread), followed by the smoked trout pita, and with the grain-fed chicken, guacamole and mango sandwich a close third. Also, Dyan makes the best brownies in Montreal.

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        cepaulsen RE: rcianci Nov 24, 2006 07:17 PM

        funny... I just had lunch there about 3 hours ago and had the cuban... tres bon, tres bon!! the pastries are wonderful and the chocolate loaf of bread looked wonderful...

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          fickle RE: rcianci Nov 24, 2006 07:39 PM

          That chocolate espresso brownie...yummmmmmmm

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        fickle RE: sherrisparaga Nov 23, 2006 11:36 PM

        I was in Montreal in October and we picked up a loaf of the valhrona chocolate bread from Olive & Gourmando's amongst many other yummy pastries. The bread was fantastic. I'm still dreaming about it now. It's time for another trip ;-)
        Here's there website:


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          BLM RE: fickle Nov 24, 2006 05:03 AM

          Am I correct, that their Valhrona chocolate bread is only made by them once a week(friday?)?

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            morebubbles RE: BLM Nov 24, 2006 12:35 PM

            I understand the chocolate bread (which is amazing) is made on Friday and Saturdays only.

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          MontreaLL RE: sherrisparaga Nov 23, 2006 11:44 PM

          It is my understanding that O&G are closed for almost a month from December 23 or 24th until way into January. It might be a good idea to call them for the definite dates and not be surprised by a shut down tight O&G...

          1. saturninus RE: sherrisparaga Nov 24, 2006 07:19 PM

            I very much enjoyed O&G on my recent visit to Montreal, but found it to be one of the more overpriced stops on our visit. The food was very good, but for an "order at the counter" lunch I paid for a multi-course dinner!

            The brownie was delicious though...

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              Sam Ottawa RE: sherrisparaga Nov 28, 2006 01:12 PM

              I've posted this before - but the secret on those fabulous brownies is out! Dyan Solomon shared her recipe with a local cooking show. Okay, so maybe we don't all make our own valrhona chocolate chips on a regular basis, but its nice to know you could, if you wanted to.

              The link is here: http://telequebec.tv/sites/aladistasi...

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