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Jun 2, 2008 09:36 AM

Hidden Gem: Seraphin Bakery's Cheesecake

I stumbled upon this little St-Laurent/Laurier bakery the other day, and went in on a friend's recommendation. After having had a piece of their Strawberry cheesecake, and one of their Chocolate cheesecake I can telll you that whoever currently owns the title of best cheesecake in Mtl (certainly not Delices de Dawn, let me tell you...) has a SERIOUS contender.

Now if like me you're used to the quaint ambiance of Premieres Moissons (who make a pretty great fruit cheesecake themselves) with warm lights, seats, and the background music of idle chatter, you'll be disappointed. At that point you may even consider leaving the cold, almost sterile bakery with tile floors and an overall air of cheapness.

However, if you brave through the foodie preconceptions you'll find two GREAT cheesecakes at a rather fair price. With just the right thickness and a swirl of strawberry baked into it, the strawberry one was probably my favorite. But that's simply because I've always been more partial to fruit-flavored cheesecakes.

The chocolate one, covered in a thick ganache, and filled with chunks of chocolate pieces is nothing to sneeze at either. They seem to strike the perfect balance of cheesecake and strawberry/chocolate in each bite with no one taste overpowering the other. My only criticism would be the fact that they use a slightly bitter chocolate instead of the traditional sweetened milk chocolate. For the choco-purists this might actually be a great thing, but for me it was just enough to pull it below its strawberry counterpart. Strictly a matter of taste though as the thick ganache (missing from the strawberry) does actually give the chocolate cake a higher production value.

All in all, VERY yummy, very affordable (especially the wholes), and sinfully unknown. Just the let the ambiance (or lackthereof) dictate the taste for you as some of us tend to do. :p

[Photos credited to Midnight Poutine website]

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    1. Bumped for goodness. Try it people, it's THAT good!

      1. Howdy!

        An address and/or phone and/or hours would help, don'tcha think?

        5 Replies
        1. re: zekesgallery

          Their address is at 5008 St-Laurent(corner St Joseph) located on the west side of the street. They make two kinds of cheesecakesA(chocolate & raspberry) & it's NY-style. Phone number is 514-277-9290. I got their cheesecakes there recently. Pretty good, but I'm not a cheesecake expert.

          1. re: BLM

            |Thanks BLM. Didn't think it needed an address after the name, street corners, and Metro station. Next time I'll include a layout of the premises. ;)

            Which was your favorite, btw?

            1. re: BoomerKid

              I prefer their chocolate cheesecake. BTW, I couldn't find Seraphin Bakery in the phone book, when I tried to locate them several months back(any idea, how they are listed in the phone book?). I got their business card, the last time there.

              1. re: BLM

                If I'm not mistaken, that location used to be a Portuguese bakery (at least, I think it was Portuguese) and I don't know how recently they changed names and ownership, which might explain why it's not in the phone book yet. Then again, don't get me started on the joys of finding places in the yellow pages :-(

                1. re: cherylmtl

                  You are probably right. Until somebody told me about Seraphin Bakery several months ago, I hadn't gone in that space for years. And the ''Seraphin' name, I don't it recall it before. I tried several ways to find the Seraphin Bakery in the phone book(white pages, yellow pages in different sections). Yes, one of my major pet peeves, is finding restaurants in the phone book(I could search for hours, & never find a certain restaurant, & I know the restaurant does exist).