Baguettes and Pain au Chocolat
Just happened by Au Four et Au Moulin on Beaubien just west of Papineau on the north side. Small, hole in the wall bakery. I usually get my staples from Autour d'un Pain, because it is closer, but it was a nice day and I felt like going for a little walk. Whoa, is all I can say. This was the best baguette I have eaten in the city. (I think A d'un P's has gone downhill of late), and by far the flakiest, loveliest pain au choc.
The baguette was crispy on the outside, with a lovely crumb - it was closer to the size of a ficelle than a Montreal baguette, but closer in size to what a Parisian might call a baguette.
The P au C avoided the ubiquitous problem of doughiness. The P au C was just flaky enough with a bit of the chewiness that I love, near the centre with the chocolate - two strips of chocolate, by the way, and none of the chocolate chip business like at Au Pain Dore.
Their croissants were good, same pastry as the P au C, but they put what tasted like a sugar glaze over the top. I wasn't so into it, but I was so happy with the quality of the pastry that I can't really complain.
There were a few hipster kids in there, and some youngsters from the pentacostal church, scoring some goodies before the fiery sermon, I imagine.
Has anyone else tried this place and loved it?