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Mar 10, 2008 08:03 AM

Baked Alaska

I had always wanted to go to Parchemin because it was the only restaurant in Montreal (to my knowledge) that still made Baked Alaska. A recent trip to Parchemin was disappointing because they've since discontinued it from their menu. Do any of you know where else one might find it?

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  1. I'll be following this thread to see if anyone can help you with that; I love a baked alaska but have not had it in 10 years, in a banquet setting.

    I find that most restaurants do not do meringue based desserts very much, it can't really be done in advance; I have a very short list of restaurants who do Iles Flottantes (floating islands) because meringue is involved. I go to those restaurants to get my fix of that dessert.
    Now I'm wanting a baked alaska badly. Ice Cream and Meringue, yum.

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    1. re: superbossmom

      I too love Baked Alaska, but it's just so hard to find. Sardi's in New York does a really good one. And I had an excellent one, an individual portion, at a brasserie in Toulouse a couple of years back.

      But if you've never had Ile Flotant at L'Express, you must go. Quite amazing. See attached photo.

      L'Express Restaurant
      3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

      1. re: globalgourmet

        But it's not the same thing at all!!!

        One (baked alaska) is ice-cream covered in meringe, and the other is "egg whites" on vanilla custard (crème anglaise)

        1. re: Maximilien

          Well, they're different, but sweetened, whipped egg whites = meringue.

      2. re: superbossmom

        Would love to know what places are on your list for Ile Flottante. We are visiting Montreal for my wife's 40th, and this is her favourite birthday dessert. Thanks

        1. re: dreid47

          The only place I know that has it is "L'Express"; not even "Chez Julien" has it.


          1. re: Maximilien

            I used to have les Ïles Flottantes at les 2 Singes de Montarvie on St Viateur a few years ago, I checked their online menu just now but they don't show the desserts.