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Mtl restaurants with great desserts

BLM Jan 20, 2007 08:10 PM

Could anyone here, list some Montreal restaurants that make great desserts? Les Chevres was apparently one(I had never tried their desserts), but they're now gone. Maybe Bronte?? Preferably made in-house. I don't think many Montreal restaurants have designated pastry chefs in their kitchen.

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    Moosemeat Aug 20, 2007 11:06 AM

    Bleu raisin has a cheesecake that is most probably the tastiest thing I've ever put in my mouth. They make it not with cream cheese but with a type of brie ( I think.) possibly st-Honoré.

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    1. re: Moosemeat
      Fritzy Aug 21, 2007 12:56 PM

      Any other cheese cake recommendations? Eat in or take out.

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        chilipepper Aug 21, 2007 07:31 PM

        Pintxo had a good one when I ate there two weeks ago; don't know what was in it,but man, was it creamy and not-too-sweet and delicious

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        mainsqueeze Aug 21, 2007 01:19 PM

        Les Infidèles has a cheesecake make with Chèvre du Tournevent. It's quite nice. Not very sweet.


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        ouimetsa Jan 30, 2007 06:08 PM

        Ferreira cafe on Peel street in downtown is a portuguese restaurant with great desserts. I personally like the lemon souffle. Near the restaurant, there is also a small cafe called Vasco de Gamma, that offers an amazing chocolate-caramel tart, called the Entrechoc. This is my favorite dessert.

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          rcianci Jan 30, 2007 06:18 PM

          I've always enjoyed Ferreira's poached pear stuffed with lemon rice pudding.

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          cricri7 Jan 27, 2007 06:34 PM

          At a BYOW called Yoyo, they have a gâteau beauceron who is to die for!! I almost had a second one the last time I went there. It is relatively expensive, but the food is terrific there. The last time I went there, I had the sweetbreads (ris de veau en français) with a foie gras and xeres sauce. It was incredible. I had a cerf de boileau tartare as an appetizer. It is really one of the best BYOW in the city because they are not uneven. Everything is good there.

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            swissfoodie Jan 22, 2007 04:22 PM

            The chocolate creme brulé at Pintxo. Delicious mix of crackling caramel with the dark chocolate creme underneath - perfect!

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              Sam Ottawa Jan 21, 2007 05:53 PM

              Brunoise's panna cotta is legendary. Even this chocoholic agrees!

              Les Chevre's pastry chef was indeed fantastic... I'm sure she'll have no trouble finding another spot.

              Chez L'Épicier does a lovely crème brulée tasting of 4 different flavours. Most of their deserts are built on the same idea of several variations of a main idea or ingredient. I also recall the chocolate and maple desert (ice-cream, mousse, something else...) plates being quite good.

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                Maximilien Jan 21, 2007 08:25 PM

                BTW, the desserts chef at Les Chevres is a HE, not a SHE !

                Patrice Demers is is name, and hopefully, HE will not have difficualy finding a new place.

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                  Sam Ottawa Jan 22, 2007 03:53 PM

                  oops ;-)

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                    ouimetsa Jan 30, 2007 06:05 PM

                    I recently heard that Patrice Demers has in his plans to open a dessert restaurant!

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                    BLM Jan 21, 2007 10:49 PM

                    Would you know if La Brasserie Brunoise, next to the Bell Centre opened yet? Who's the pastry chef at Brunoise?

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                      Artichoq Jan 26, 2007 09:59 PM

                      If you go to Chez L'Epicier, my choice would be their signature dessert, a "club sandwich" with layers of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberries with basil, accompanied by a mint melon "cole slaw" and pineapple "french fries". Unusual, outstanding, and worth the trip. Main courses were ho-hum, unfortunately, and soups disappointing (especially at $9).

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                        Syrah_Lover Feb 3, 2007 02:34 PM

                        Yes, the panna cotta is indeed legendary (and now copied elsewhere, but never as good). Both Brunoise and the new Brasserie Brunoise have home-made desserts, bread, etc. Brasserie Brunoise also has the panna cotta (equally good) but also a wiked "poudding chomeur" and killer chocolate-stuffed beignets with a caramel sauce. Decadent.

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                          SnackHappy Feb 3, 2007 02:39 PM

                          What are the prices like at Brasserie Brunoise?

                          Is it only à la carte?

                          Do they have wine by the glass?


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                            Venusia Feb 3, 2007 06:33 PM

                            Appetizers 6-12$
                            Mains mostly in the 19$ range
                            Desserts 6-7$
                            Wine by the glass: yes
                            They have a daily special on weekdays.

                            The chocolate- filled beignets, sprinkled with sugar and dipped in caramel were awesome. Chocolate, doughnut, caramel and sugar: four essential foodgroups! Pannacotta was same as Brunoise, but served without the little mignardises, since price is lower.

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                              BLM Mar 24, 2007 05:29 PM

                              After several recommendations here for the desserts at Brasserie Brunoise, I went there several weeks ago, just for their desserts. Tried their pannacotta & chocolate-filled beignets. Found the pannacotta excellent, but was underwhelmed by their chocolate-filled beignets(very mediocre). Are their beignets usually very good(maybe I got them on an off-night, & willing to give them another chance). One thing I noted in my visit to Brasserie Brunoise, & also mentioned in today's Lesley Chesterman Montreal Gazette review of the establishment, is the lack of customers. The place was practically dead! In Lesley's case, she went on a recent Tuesday Habs hockey night, & by 7:30pm the place was inhabited by very few customers.

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                                BLM Aug 18, 2007 11:48 PM

                                Is the pannacotta at Brasserie Brunoise made on-location or its from their flagship location Brunoise on St. Andre? Lesley Chesterman's review of Brunoise(on St. Andre) in Saturday's Montreal Gazette is a little confusing concerning her opinion on their pannacotta. When she reviewed Brasserie Brunoise in the Gazette March 2007, she said their passion-fruit pannacotta was "interesting but candy sweet." In her review Saturday(August 18th) of Brunoise, she mentioned she didn't order their passionfruit pannacotta, because "I already know it's a winner." And that was her first time at Brunoise on St, Andre, since she reviewed them 4 years ago.

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                              BLM Feb 3, 2007 04:23 PM

                              Just by the description here, I'll go to the new Brasserie Brunoise just for their desserts.

                          2. kpzoo Jan 20, 2007 08:34 PM

                            My hubby's favourite dessert by far is the Jack Daniels-laced bread pudding at Mesquite - http://www.mesquite.ca - they make it to order and it takes about 20 minutes to prepare so order in advance unless you're prepared to linger. I'm not normally a fan of desserts with alcohol in them but this one is a winner. Big enough for two, garnished with a drizzle of chocolate sauce & strawberries.

                            They also have other massive desserts like frozen key lime pie and a massive chocolate brownie mud pie, but the bread pudding's what they're known for.

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                              Maximilien Jan 20, 2007 08:21 PM

                              Lemeac has a chef Patissier, and some of their desserts are nice; the Ananas roti is very good, as well the "Pain perdu" but the last one is HUGE!

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                                BLM Jan 20, 2007 08:23 PM

                                Lemeac, I tried just one of their desserts, & thought it was excellent(can't remember what was dessert called).

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                                  ouimetsa Jan 30, 2007 05:52 PM

                                  The passion fruit blanc-manger is amazing at Lemeac.

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