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Are there any good Doughnuts left in Montreal?

When my Mom used to work at The Bay many moons ago (then called Morgan's) she used to get a cake doughnut from the main floor every now and then - somewhat crispy on the outside with a hearty inside served at the horseshoe counter. She hankers once again for a well made, tasty doughnut, one that can stand up on it's own with maybe just a light coating of powdered sugar, maybe some with a more adventurous taste, other than the (excuse the description) processed crap one gets at Timmy's, Dunkin's and the likes nowadays.

I remember the family going for Sunday drives and ending up at a Tim Horton's (in Ontario maybe?) and getting their Apple Fritters. They haven't been worth making the trip in many years...

On a side note of sorts, I can't help but think of the automatic doughnut maker that used to be at the Eaton's downtown on the basement floor when I think of doughnuts. Ususally around Christmas time.

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  1. Two words: Wavel paczki. These delightful filled Polish doughnuts must be tried. My fave is the cream-filled, but many swear by the traditional prune filling. There is also an apricot-filled version available. Several locations in Montreal.


    1. The paczkis from Wawel, the Polish donuts filled with either custard, apricot or prunes are one of my favorite treats in town. I actually prefer the ones that are sold at their Saint-Marc branch, had a few not so fresh duds from their Jean Talon booth.

      I never tried them personally, but the yeast donuts at Samos (two branches, one on Beaubien and one around the 4300 block of St Laurent) get rave reviews too.

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      1. re: emerilcantcook

        I love the doughnuts at Samos as well as those from Wawel. I'm pretty sure the man at the Wawel on Bélanger told me that the paczki all come from one central bakery, so I guess freshness would have to do more with turnover.

        As far as what the OP is looking for, I don't know of a place that makes a really good traditional doughnut. but I'd love to find one.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          Another thought: while still perhaps not a "traditional" doughnut, Vergers Lafrance out in St-Joseph-du-lac has awesome, freshly made apple doughnuts. It's an easy 45-minute drive from Montreal, and you can go apple-picking at the same time.


          1. re: SnackHappy

            The turnover factor explains the situation well. On an average day, I'd be lucky to find any paczkis left at their downtown branch after lunch time, while I was able to get some during late afternoon from the JTM, on a busy Saturday. I guess they are a little too secluded at that corner of the market to sell things as fast.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              I wouldn't swear on a dozen packi - but I'm pretty sure the Wawel on the corner of Sherbrooke and Girourard bakes theirs there.

              Also, if you go to a Eastern European store, you may find two different brands of packi - Rosemont and Wawel.

              I am proud to be polish.

              1. re: maisonbistro

                I was at Wawel NDG & they were just coming out of the oven - had to leave the box open so they wouldn't steam. Couldn't eat them immediately since filling was just too hot (burned tongue trying!), but 15 minutes later ...

              2. re: SnackHappy

                I am nearly 100% sure that the Wawel in NDG makes their own packi- I am convinced I have seen them frying them.

                1. re: maisonbistro

                  Since then, I've learned more about how the paczki are prepared. They come from a bakery somewhere in Ontario, delivered (frozen or refrigerated?) along with the bags of fillings, then fried and filled on site.

                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    This is disappointing news :( Still delicious though.

              3. re: emerilcantcook

                Samos has, as another poster put it diplomatically a couple of weeks ago, a real quality control problem. They are lovely people, but about 60% of the donuts I've had from there (Beaubien & de Gaspé) have been unbelievably stale. In fact -- I was just coming here to post about this -- I've tasted two of their donuts just now that I bought about an hour ago, one chocolate-dip and one maple-dip, and the chocolate-dip was soft and delicious and the maple one seems two weeks old. I have no idea how this happens, but just be really careful what you buy there. It's difficult to tell how stale something is without touching it though.

                1. re: emerilcantcook

                  I didn't care much for the ones at Jean Talon market either. There was a meager amount of a cream filling, and it had an off flavor.

                2. Seen at roadside fruit and veg stands in Lanaudière, and here and there around JTM, and who knows where else in the city, are awesome potato-flour doughnuts that remind me of grand maman's homemade doughnuts, only not as crispy. They come in a brown paper bag with a simply printed label, stapled shut. I've seen both plain and maple.

                  EDIT: the doughnuts come from

                  Les Délices d'Antan
                  446, chemin Bayonne Sud
                  (450) 836-0540

                  The points-of-sale page doesn't list any places in Montreal, but I've definitely seen them at JTM. Sorry, can't remember just where.

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                  1. re: Mr F

                    I've seen them at Le Marché des Saveurs.

                    And, I don't know if the still have it, but I already bought them at Les Délires du Terroir on St-Hubert.

                    They're really good ! They used to be shipped on wednesdays and saturdays...

                  2. Then there are always church bazaars... lots of them this time of year.

                    The best plain doughnuts I ever had were from a church bazaar.

                    1. oh my, the donuts at Eaton's, maple or chocolate icing, do I ever remember those !!!
                      I was working in personnel then, I was there when the machine was installed.
                      Thanks, now I feel really old.

                      I had a donut at Timmy's the other day, the walnut bar, not at all like I remembered it, they must be frying them differently, it was soft and mushy.

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                      1. re: superbossmom

                        Eaton's food counter was amazing and was always so busy.

                      2. Thanks for all the great suggestions! Looking forward to sampling these, not so sure my waistline does though... Hopefully one of these will make Mom happy, otherwise, it's off to buy a thermometer, enough oil for the Creuset and a search for the recipe begins!

                        1. Tim Horton's and Dunkin' Donuts are certainly not an option!

                          1. Actually try the Donuts at Samos bakery.
                            3 flavors: -> Sugar
                            -> Chocolate -> Maple
                            The're pretty good.

                            1. This reminds me, I tried the Cheskie donuts yesterday. They're pretty good, reminded me of Wavel, same style. But they didn't beat Wavel's (if you asume fresh donuts in both cases of comparison). I tried a custard filled one, and a chocolate plain one. Will have to go back to try the jam filled ones.

                              (...and of course I could not resist purchasing a chocolate babka for later...)

                              1. For a dounut that can stand on its own with a light coating of powdered sugar, I would call wawel and ask them to keep save you a few unfilled donuts. They are heavenly. However, they are not the same style of donut as the cake ones you get at doughnut shops. So, they might not satisfy your mom's craving.

                                Have you considered old fashioned quebec donuts, the ones made with (sweet) potatoes and maple syrup? They sometimes have that at the place that sells maple syrup at Marche atwater and at MJT.

                                1. Whatever happened to Mickey Beignes? I was told they operated in 80's on the corners St-Laurent & Des Pins. Would have loved to try 'em out! I can't stand Dunkin' Donuts and I can Tim Horton's even less...so...does anyone know about a good old INDENPENDENT donut place where they got Apple Fritters, Bear Claws and even (maybe) Bavarian Filled Cream Donuts?

                                  They briefly talk about Mickey Beignes in this thread:

                                    1. re: catroast

                                      You can get Saint Donuts at Cafe Sardine on Fairmount (just east of St Laurent). I had cinnamon, choc-chai and ginger yesterday. All super yummy, not too greasy and firm bready dough.

                                      1. re: estilker

                                        Are you sure it's from her? I never saw anything mentioning that...

                                        1. re: estilker

                                          Those are not Saint Donuts donughts AT ALL. Café Sardine are making their own donughts and has no link with Saint Donuts. Saint Donuts is still looking for a local to start her business.

                                          1. re: plateau

                                            lol maybe they should stop looking in mile end.

                                              1. re: plateau

                                                I stand corrected. I saw 2 things and somehow my mind connected dots where there were none. Nevertheless great donuts at Cafe Sardine and so I have yet to try Saint Donut. Their facebookpage say they will be at Phonopolis this Saturday (on Bernard)
                                                Shop in mile end: me thinks Bond lounge might not be around that much longer. They had some issues with their liquor license a few months ago and the place looks dead most of the time. Might be too big for Saint Donuts. A small locale a la Drogheria Fine might be enough.

                                                1. re: estilker

                                                  Totally agree. Drogheria Fine is the perfect size for a little comptoir or shop! ;)

                                      2. Has anyone here tried the doughnuts from La Bête à Pain? I'm curious to try them, but it's really out of the way for me and I don't get to Ahuntsic very often.

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                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                          I did... and didn't really liked them. The flavors were ok/interesting but they were way too small to be enjoyable... and not cooked enough. I've been only once though...

                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                            I tried them this weekend... They were good, but I liked their brownies much better!

                                          2. The donuts at 'Le Gros Jambon' are fantastic. They had a classic spiced donut, a peanut butter jelly donut and a chocolate glazed donut when I was last there. It has a suprisingly good pastry/dessert selection and it's all made in-house too.

                                            The pineapple cheesecake I had was delicious. Next time I'll try the homemade Joe Louis.

                                            Le Gros Jambon
                                            286 Notre Dame West, Montreal, QC H2Y 2N7

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                                            1. re: Speveo

                                              The donuts at Le Gros Jambon are by Saint Donut...she works out of their kitchen. Soon enough she will open her own place!

                                            2. Noticed a sign for homemade Boston cream-filled doughnuts with maple glaze and candied bacon at Em & Seb on Monkland near Wilson.


                                              1. I tried the donuts from Saint Donuts today (she was at Puces Pop all weekend) and they were absolutely amazing. These are probably the best donuts I've ever tasted (but I've never tried Doughnut Plant in NYC so what do I know). Abricot/Romarin and Ananas/Vanille were killer.

                                                She should really try to find a space as soon as possible and definitely search outside of the Mile End. Her donuts are good enough to bring people to her shop even if she was like in Rosemont or Villeray.

                                                1. Two recent donut experiences to report on...first, the "old fashioned" donuts available at La Distributrice, on Mt Royal near StDenis. Excellent coffee but the donut didn't seem very fresh. It was a small, cake-style donut, withjust a bit of icing sugar, no glaze. Could be pretty tasty if fresh, but pretty disappointing (their coffee is excellent, though). Had a much better donut at Cafe Sardine, a puffier, yeasted dough. Very fresh, and glazed with interesting flavours, kind of similar to Donut Plant in NYC. Also excellent coffee, but the place was filled with dour-looking hipsters on laptops, so we were happy to get our stuff to go and wander the neighbourhood instead!

                                                  1. Reservoir in the Plateau has excellent warm beignets - plain, fresh donuts coated with plain white sugar and served with some kind of compote on the side. My favourite is a citrus puree, but the blueberry compote is good, too. They're closed for brunch until the fall, but it's possible the beignets might be available in the evening, too.

                                                    1. They have nice beignets at Lawrence for brunch as well. Lemon or chocolate.

                                                      1. They have some yummy, made-to-order, (that is, served piping hot!) lightly sugared "beignets" at Lemeac on Laurier for brunch on the weekends. Can never resist them!

                                                        1. Wawel for sure. I tried the paczkis sold in the super markets and that was a horrible surprise. I'll always go to Wawel.

                                                          1. Saint Donut announced that on Twitter :

                                                            "I am please to announce that our doughnuts will be available for purchase in cafes around town VERY soon."

                                                            Good news! But not as fun as an actual shop...

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                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                              Café Myriade is starting to sell Saint Donut doughnuts today.

                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                Cafe Plume on Mt-Royal near St-Urbain has had St-Donuts a couple of times in the past week but it doesn't seem to be a regular thing at this point. I haven't had a chance to try them yet but they look promising.

                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                  Tried their strawberry rhubarb glaze today and enjoyed it, but it was a little heavy. Not something to eat every day, but great for an occasional treat.

                                                                2. re: Glaff

                                                                  Saint Donut doughnuts are amazing! The array of flavours are super-original. I try them whenever I can. Rootbeer, peanut butter and jelly, orange julep, choco-mint, bourbon apple fritters, Smores, Coffee Crisp, to name a few. I think they're yeast doughnuts, basically not the heavy fried style you'll find at places like Boris.

                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                    Tried her peach and bergamot donut/fritter today at Caffe Art Java and was rather disappointed. Donut skimped on the peaches and was a bit soggy (a consequence of not being freshly fried, I guess) and was just generally lacklustre. Maybe I just had a bad experience, but I've got to say, I'm not really seeing what all the hype is about (especially for $3 a pop!)

                                                                  2. Wavel is definitely a good choice but if you're looking for a more "traditional" doughnut, I would say KRISPY KREME all the way!! Especially when the "Hot Now" light is on...meaning that at that moment, you will get a freshly made hot doughnut...a DELIGHT. Personnally when I first discovered Krispy Kreme (used to have one in Laval and one at Marché Central in Montreal, they no longer exist), I started having huge cravings for those doughnuts every once in a while...so if you have a car and you're willing to do the trip to Greenfield Park, get a dozen at least!! The "Original glazed" is the tastiest, but they also have the "cake doughnut" you were talking about....


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                                                                    1. re: ilovexxxneon

                                                                      Krispy Kreme are definitely not light. I find them really heavy. Doughnuts should be light.

                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                        Does Krispy Kreme really needs to be discussed in a "good doughnuts" thread anyway...

                                                                          1. re: montrealeater

                                                                            Aren't all the Krispy Kremes in Montreal gone?

                                                                            1. re: josephrenda

                                                                              On the island, yes. But there is still a location in Longueuil.

                                                                    2. I will probably get creamed on this response, no pun intended, but I have been buying the doughnut bits at Walmart. They have little plastic boxes of bits which have cinnamon sugar, or white powder or plain and they are absolutely delicious. I bring them to my church buffet each Sunday and they get gobbled up unlike the Tim's that I was serving. They also have mini doughnuts.

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                                                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                        I'll have to try these. Are they anything like the Eaton's one's? I'd make my own if I knew what I was doing or had a recipe I thought would work.

                                                                        Thanks for the tip!

                                                                        1. re: MikeyMadness

                                                                          They are good and they are light as said they get eaten up quickly. Have seen powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, plain and a krugal athe store. They have in small donut shapes and bits.

                                                                      2. What about Chez Boris in the plateau - they specialize in doughnuts. There is also Leche Desserts in in St-Henri which also specializes in doughnuts... http://www.lechejw.com/

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                                                                        1. re: roastedmontreal

                                                                          Yes... check out this review of Boris doughnuts... made to order! Yum.... have not had yet, but the photos in this article are callling my name...


                                                                          Also, check out their Facebook page! Seems promising!

                                                                          1. re: roastedmontreal

                                                                            Chez Boris is phenomenal. Donuts fried to order, in a couple of different flavors. The sugar donut is still my favorite. They even have something called a beignewich, which is like an openface donut sandwich.

                                                                            Coffee is great. The ice in their iced coffee is actually made from frozen coffee (therefore not diluting your drink as you sip it on a hot summers day). Simple stuff like this goes a long way in my book.

                                                                            Their only problem is service. While being super friendly, it can take a while to get a simple donut and coffee, since everything is made to order. I, for one, have no problem with waiting a few minutes for the quality, however, don't come here if you're in a rush.

                                                                            Happy to be living around the corner from this place.

                                                                          2. Recent discovery in Laval, Greek doughnuts (loukoumades), they seem to have been around for a year or so. It's a good thing they are located in Laval because they are damn addictive. Fried to order with a choice of a few different toppings.


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                                                                            1. Anyone heard of this doughnut maker?
                                                                              Apparently next to the new Gruman location.

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                                                                              1. re: hungryann

                                                                                They're briefly mentioned earlier in this thread. It's in the building next to Grumman. Many flavours of homemade doughnuts. I tried them yesterday for the first time and thought they were quite good. Not greasy, not too sweet (at least the cinnamon sugar ones - I'm not as big a fan of the filled doughnuts, although the chocolate mousse one was good if you like filled doughnuts). They had a number of very tempting-looking flavours (lime coconut, pistachio...) which I will be trying in the future.

                                                                                1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                  They're closed Saturdays? Tried going to Leche Donuts last Saturday afternoon(around 4:30pm), but it wasn't open. That's when I discovered Grumman HQ is next door.

                                                                                2. re: hungryann

                                                                                  Tried way too many of these today...it's a fairly dense, yeasted dough; good, but the fillings & toppings are fantastic! Filled donuts included white choco cream, PB&J, apple cinnamon, Boston cream, chocolate (mocha?) cream, pistachio...non-filled flavors included lime-coconut, maple glaze, cinnamon-sugar. YUM. Also tried a pizza pocket thing that was a bit bread-y but tasty. They are not super-cheap; $28 for a dozen and 2 pizza pockets; but well worth it. The filled ones should come with a warning, however. The filling is very prone to squirting out! Do not try to eat while driving, holding a small child, etc. These treats deserve your full attention & appreciation anyway.

                                                                                  1. re: stak

                                                                                    Oh wow, the PB&J donut sounds divine!

                                                                                3. Berliners at Checkpoint Charlie, 4433 St.Laurent not far from Marie Anne.
                                                                                  Just polished off one stuffed with plum jam, mmmm. They also had raspberry and apricot.

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                                                                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                    Unless they've changed suppliers, those berliners are actually paczki from Wawel.

                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                      Well they're still yummy and if you can't get to Wawel there they be!

                                                                                      1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                        Wavel don't have raspberry though...

                                                                                  2. The lemon meringue doughnut at Leche is a thing of beauty! Worth every single calorie.

                                                                                    1. We went to Leche this weekend and ordered a dozen different flavours. ALL were good. Really fresh, and you can taste/feel the quality in the fillings - many of them ARE filled. My favourites were the cinnamon sugar - my taste in doughnuts runs to plain/sugared - and pistachio, which was delicious and had a filling I would pay for on its own to eat like pudding. Second place goes to the white chocolate mousse and the pecan caramel. I think the only ones we didn't try were lime coconut and maple glazed? Anyway, I have nothing negative to say about these donuts at all and the owner was very sweet and let us in even after it was closed. Next time i think I'll get 12 pistachio.

                                                                                      The jam-filled donuts are filled with actual raspberry jam, too, not that sweet jelly stuff I'm used to.

                                                                                      I'm trying Chez Boris tomorrow.

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                                                                                      1. re: montrealeater

                                                                                        They're open weekends? she asked excitedly....

                                                                                        1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                          Just double-checked their website in case of insanity (mine) and yes, they are open Saturdays 9am-3pm (we got there after 3 and before 4 and as I said were not cruelly denied our donuts) and not on Sundays. There's also a little note that says later in Jan they'll start staying open til 6pm on Saturdays.

                                                                                          So yeah, I guess we should just start buying all our clothes a couple of sizes bigger.

                                                                                          1. re: montrealeater

                                                                                            Yes! Thank you for the info-Leche here I come!

                                                                                      2. Leche has a new flavour - Bailey's Irish Cream - it's glazed and delicious. They also made a fresh batch of pistachio donuts for me because I was ordering more than 6. They're really nice there.

                                                                                        EDIT: I tried Chez Boris last week, too. The donuts from there and from Leche are about as different as two products can be while sharing a name. They're little at CB (i.e. fit one in your mouth whole little) and freshly deep fried, sprinkled with sugar, extremely simple. I have always preferred simple donuts with simple sugar/powder toppings and I think if both places were located equally close to me CB would be the regular place and Leche would be the 'treat' place. Leche just feels like a fancier, treatier item. I genuinely love both places, tho, both exceeded expectations.

                                                                                        1. Saint Donuts are the way to go! you can get them at Cafe Myriad or Le gros Jambon. I had them catered for a party and they were a hit!

                                                                                          1. Any update on the doughnut scene in Montreal?

                                                                                            I will be up this weekend and want to hit up at least one spot to try the "best of" Montreal doughnuts to see how they compare.

                                                                                            Thinking of doing the Saint Doughnuts at Cafe Myriad. Dp all of their locations carry them?

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                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                              There are definitely some great donuts to be had in Montreal. There are a number of different styles of donut - this thread gives a good idea. My favourites:
                                                                                              Chez Boris: friendly place, nice vibe. Yeasted Russian-style donuts, offered in a few sweet flavours and in "beigne-wiches" with different savory fillings. Donuts are made to order.
                                                                                              Leche: really decadent, great quality. Lots of different flavours. I haven't actually been in myself so can't comment on the place.
                                                                                              Saint Donut: are sold at Myriade (both locations, I'm pretty sure) and Cafe Plume on certain days. I was kind of underwhelmed by these ones myself but they have a lot of fans. The coffee you would get with them at Myriade or at Plume would be pretty great, though.
                                                                                              Cafe Sardine: fairly simple but really delicious light, puffy, yeasted donuts, usually 3 flavours. Also very good coffee.
                                                                                              Wawel: denser than the others, filled and sugar-coated. Fantastic if you can get them super-fresh, just OK (IMO) if not. Choice of 3 fillings: prune, apricot, or cream.
                                                                                              I think those are the biggies. Enjoy!

                                                                                              1. re: stak

                                                                                                Wow, I finally tried the donuts at Lawrence (brunch). Fantastic! Golf-ball sized, or a bit bigger, freshly fried and coated in sugar, and filled with custard, lemon curd, or chocolate. I tried one of each and they were all really good. The chocolate filling seemed to be pretty much just ganache; it was more liquid and more intensely chocolatey than a chocolate custard. Messy but oh so good!

                                                                                              2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                I, too, recommend the donuts from Café Sardine; they have very creative flavors (e.g., apple with five spices), which seem to change often. The place is a bit cramped (hence the name?), and coffee didn't impress me, so I'd probably recommend just getting the donuts to go.

                                                                                                Chez Boris seems to be enjoying some reputation. I was underwhelmed: the donuts are too small, and not too flavourful. However, if you decide to go there, you should know they have home-made kvass.

                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                  Have tried Leche twice and was so impressed. Their flavors are really special and the donuts are excellent. Didn't enjoy Boris as much, found them too small & mine at least were way overdone - to the point of being quite hard. Although Leche is a bit pricey, their white chocolate, PB&J, milk chocolate & lemon meringue were simply outstanding and decadent. But honestly, my personal fav was the simple maple glazed. And they are located next to Grumann!

                                                                                                  1. re: RhondaB

                                                                                                    Yeah, I've updated my opnion on Leche vs Boris. It was a tie for me but Leche takes it now. Went back to Boris a couple of times and the donuts were slightly overdone and hard as someone mentioned above. Leche's are divine, especially when fresh. And it's around $20 for a dozen so I don't think they're overpriced at all, imo. Either way, I'm willing to pay! :) The pistachio and the plain cinnamon/sugar are my favourites.

                                                                                                  2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                    So I didn't manage to get to Cafe Myriad but I did go to Cafe Sardine (had a ginger soda along with a "grog" donut), I enjoyed both. Nice/cute little spot. The kitchen seemed to be cooking/preparing up a storm. Curious about trying some other stuff from there on a future visit.

                                                                                                    I went to Leche and I had a hard time deciding which to buy so I ended up picking two up. The Pistachio filled doughnut and the caramel pecan one. Really enjoyed the pistachio one (although, a bit messy eating because the filling is a bit runnier than I am used to). One of the better doughnuts I have had anywhere. And their prices are more reasonable than Toronto for sure. I ended up saving the caramel pecan until the next evening and it still tasted pretty good!

                                                                                                    Overall a positive doughnut experience. Oh, on the Friday night I saw Chez Boris at a food event but they were charging $4 for a doughnut so I decided to pass. Can't justify that kind of money on a single doughnut didn't seem like anything special.

                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                      For the 'reasonable' prices(compared to Toronto prices), you gotta take into account the Leche donuts are on the smaller side.

                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                        I so admire you for a) only buying 2 from Leche; and b) for not scarfing down the caramel once the yummy taste of pistachio had faded from your taste buds! I was like a rabid dog & ate 3 in a row without a problem. I don't think I've ever had a better donut than the white chocolate, no the milk chocolate, no the PB&J ... hard to choose but maybe the simple glazed (think it was maple). Homer got it right!

                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                          $4 for a donut from Chez Boris does sound expensive! Especially considering they're quite small. -- Unless they changed it from what they usually have in store (which costs about 1 dollar, I think - but I may not be remembering correctly). In any case, I agree with you that they don't look anything special (and really aren't). The ones from Café Sardine are much better. Looking forward to trying Leche now. Thanks for the feedback!

                                                                                                          1. re: alinemramos

                                                                                                            Perhaps it was $4 for their beignwich?

                                                                                                            1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                              yeah, their regular donuts are 75 cents each so they must have been offering something else for $4. At the Lufa farms Christmas market they were selling a kind of sweet beigne-wich: two donuts sandwiched together with marshmallow cream, and the whole thing coated in chocolate. Maybe it was something like that.

                                                                                                      2. For anyone in the area, this went up this morning from Bete a Pain's Twitter feed;

                                                                                                        "500 donuts in the making @LaBeteaPain chocolate & hazelnut érable.... ready at 10..."

                                                                                                        1. I have a new favorite as of last weekend: the doughnuts (bombolone actually) at Nicola Travaglini, so light and delicate! I had a peaches one and a classic cream one. Both were the best I've had here, even though they're not really the same as american doughnuts I think. Only available on weekends for now, and they go fast.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                            Where is it? or provide a link. Thanks.

                                                                                                            1. re: williej

                                                                                                              152, Av. Mozart East, corner Casgrain. Near the market. Let me know if you try them. They also have smaller ones with the same cream filling but with dried fruits in the dough. Don't know how it's called but they are delicious too.

                                                                                                                1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                  tried one today (apricot). really good, lots of filling. a tad expensive though. it'll be a treat once in a while for me

                                                                                                                  1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                    Were they small or normal sized one? Since I posted my first message, I haven't seen the normal sized one which was my favourite, just the mini at 1.50$ (I think?).

                                                                                                                    I heard La Corneterria is also making bombolone on wednesday too.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                      same size as the one from wavel so normal size i guess. they are like $2

                                                                                                          2. Leche says on their Twitter that it has opened up its new shop in Old Mtl at 15 de la Commune W. AND they're now open on Sundays 9-3. Yay for more opportunities for their donuts!

                                                                                                            1. There's a new doughnuts company (no store yet) in Montreal called Trou de beigne. Delivered at the Marché des saveurs (on weekend), Méchant Café, MELK and the Gourmand Vagabond foodtruck


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                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                I meant to post about these wonderful yeast donuts when I tried melk recently but couldn't remember the name of the maker.

                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                  finally got the chance to try them. well, just one: maple and bacon. words can't describe how good and light they are. a bit expensive though, $4 after tax

                                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                    Trou de Beigne only makes their donuts on weekends(Fri-Sun)? I just tried calling Trou de Beigne twice, & both times they quickly hung up on me! All I wanted to know was what days they usually make their donuts.

                                                                                                                    1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                      well, it depends but yes, it's mostly weekends (and saturday only for marché des saveurs)

                                                                                                                      1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                        We're definitely sorry to hear that. There must have been some sort of issue with the line because we'd never purposely do that. This may be WAY late but in case you were still unsure, we deliver Tuesday to Sunday, and you can also find our doughnuts in various spots throughout those days. However, we accept orders on Monday for the following days. You can try calling us again whenever you'd like! We're really sorry about that.

                                                                                                                      2. Café Sardine on Fairmount - right next to Guillaume Bakery - makes amazing sugar doughnuts.

                                                                                                                        1. Crémy is having a "Donut Thérapie" on August 30 weekend to celebrate their 2 year anniversary and the street sale on Mont-Royal at the same time. If they are as good as they were at Bouffons Montréal, it's totally worth it:

                                                                                                                          1. Doing a Montreal trip on Labour Day weekend. Thanks for the heads up on the updated dougnut spots since my last trip. Glad that the donut therapie event is that weekend too!

                                                                                                                            1. New doughnuts in town:

                                                                                                                              @LaBoufferie: L'armoire à glace fait maintenant des #beignes! #nouveauté https://t.co/hjFXW8YSzm

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                                                                                                                              1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                no way! that with their st-henri coffee *drools*

                                                                                                                                EDIT: so i just got back. they are sweet and heavy and then it hit me, they are from crémy! (confirmed by the tweet) $4 for one, $6 with coffee (tax included)

                                                                                                                                1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                  $4 for a doughnut, hehe. Hope it feeds 4.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: meagain

                                                                                                                                    Not 4, but 2 yes. They are really huge.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                      Well, since the $3 cupcake, people will fall for anything.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: meagain

                                                                                                                                        Are they heavy like Krispy Kreme? Those sat like rocks in my stomach.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                          Well I would say no... they don't use crappy ingredients like Krispy Kreme

                                                                                                                                          1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                            they are not heavy like krispy kreme but they are cake donut instead of the yeast one which is lighter

                                                                                                                                  2. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                    Link doesn't say where?So where is this?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                      at plaza st-hubert (st-hubert and near corner of bellechasse)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                        You just have to click on he name of the place to see the address. There's even a map.

                                                                                                                                    2. Any Italian establishments making great home-made ricotta doughnuts in Montreal?

                                                                                                                                      1. The doughnuts at H4C are excellent: freshly made and still hot, rolled in sugar and served with an orange puree on the side. Mmm! They're on the brunch menu.

                                                                                                                                        1. Any updates on the Montreal doughnut scene? Visiting from Toronto in the weekend. Previously tried Cremy, Cafe Sardine, Leche, and 3M's version of their "cronut" back in September.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                            Have you tried Trou de beigne? Unfortunately, it's another company without a store, but you can find them easily around town. http://www.troudebeigne.com/

                                                                                                                                            Also, not technically doughnut (but better), Zeppole month is starting tomorrow at La Cornetteria. http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q...

                                                                                                                                            The frittelle (available mostly on weekend) at Nicola Travaglini are really good too.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                              Thanks. Yeah, I was leaning towards trying Trou De Beigne. Is there a particular shop that has a better selection than others? I would go tomorrow morning but I don't know if I want to go all the way to Marcher de Saveurs since I was planning to go Sunday instead (to buy stuff to bring back with me) so I was thinking of going to Cafe Olympico since seems like the coffee has decent reviews on here as well.

                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the tip on the Zeppole. I usually am not a huge fan of creme filled pastries but they look good so I might give them a shot if I find myself in the area (need to look it up!)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                I see La Cornetteria has their own version of a cronut too. Have you tried it? Curious how it is.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                  Yes, it's really good (but I have never tried the original). I almost always prefer the original flavor over the flavor of the week though, if you only want to taste one. They also make bomboloni on saturdays.

                                                                                                                                                  For Trou de Beigne, no, I think they all have the same selection. I always get them at the Marché des Saveurs since I live next by, but Olympico or Vieille Europe should have the same.

                                                                                                                                                  I also forgot one other option, the APDC food truck makes doughnuts (and other things) on sundays in front of their restaurant for brunch.

                                                                                                                                            2. went back to Nicola Travaglini for some bombolone. first thing that struck me, they are bigger, looks more like a ball, a bit pricier ($3) and filled to order. had a choice between pastry cream and nutella. they still have the jam one.

                                                                                                                                              they are not bad at all but i wished they had some ricotta filling. they'd be better

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                Travaglini is festooned for la Settimana italiana. Foodwise, I only see a zeppole competition so far.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                  yeah, italian week is pretty bad in terms of food and there's only one food competition. i hope cornetteria will do something this weekend like last year and their cronetto burger

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                    It is so depressing! It was better in years past when it was much smaller - there were more samples of actual food.

                                                                                                                                                    I'm of an age no longer to be interested in "cronetto burgers" (trust me, as you get a bit older you won't get boring; I'm an old hippie artist, but you will see virtue in paring down) but that is great for those whom it interests, and it is a pity that there is nothing featuring our wonderful local produce when it has arrived at last. Just now have I made proper tomato sauce.

                                                                                                                                                    No melanzane? (aubergines - eggplants). There are so many wonderful things to eat around here this time of year. No pesto?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                      Italian Week is pretty bad in terms of everything else too actually! It's really depressing. They have so much people visiting (in Little Italy at least) and yet, there's absolutely nothing interesting going on... Only around food, there's so much thing they could do...

                                                                                                                                                      When the F1 weekend is more "interesting" you know there's something wrong with that event.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                        i like pizza week on the other hand. last year, they had 2 very limited places free workshop where we ended up tasting multiple pizzas. well, nicola travaglini had like 6 different pizzas to try. it was so good

                                                                                                                                                        i wonder if GEMA's going to join in this year

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                          GEMA and hopefully Bottega will have their pizza al taglio ready by then.

                                                                                                                                                          Italian Week could do so much better. This summer there is the "pop-up" summer space Place Shamrock (which reminds us that there were Irish as well as Italian railway workers building the CP Line); that would be a great spot for food events as people picnic there anyway, next to JTM.

                                                                                                                                                          There are other food and wine events throughout the year at the renovated Casa d'Italia.
                                                                                                                                                          http://casaditalia.org/ Trilingual website.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                  Their pastry chef left a few months ago, it has not really been the same since. It's getting better now that they have a new one but not exactly on the same level. There was a short period between the two where pastries were pretty terrible! Have you tried the torta di rosa there? Unfortunately not always consistant, but most of the time it's REALLY good.