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has anybody tried the cupcakes at Monkland's Choc'cola and were they any good?

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  1. I went there when they first opened and it was horrid and terribly over-priced. I don't remember exactly how much the cupcakes were, but I nearly choked when I got to the cash. Now I have no problem paying a lot when I'm getting my money's worth (I will after all shell out the big bucks each and every time for Bellota ham- because it's just sooooo good) but everything I bought was horrid. Overly sweet, no oomph - bad.

    Now, I have to admit that I have never gone back (ummm, why would I), so maybe things have changed since they opened. I don't know and don't want to waste money finding out- the bathroom scale thanks me for my restraint. I have spoken to many people in the 'hood and the consensus is it still sucks- but that is second hand information.

    Their only redeeming factor is a nut free guarantee - which, let me tell you, if you have kids, is a blessing when birthdays at daycare/kindergarten roll around and you can only bring a certified nut free product.

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    1. re: maisonbistro

      Not worth going back! I went twice because I thought maybe ...I ordered the wrong thing. The cupcakes were not very good! I thought they lacked flavor , over priced and the icing was terrible. So i tried an apple Crumble also nothing to get excited about. I wish Montreal had a Magnolias or a Crumbs like NYC.... Abe and Mary's on Jean Talon sells cupcakes and they use the exact recipe from Magnolia Cupcakes in NYC. They come in large and Minis... Minis come in a box of 4 or 5 for around $6... Not sure how much for a single large cupcake... it wasnt alot though and worth it. Delicious!!!
      Well at least the best cupcake with the best Icing i've had in this city.

        1. re: cherylmtl

          Nothing will beat Reema's vanilla cupcake. Nothing.

          1. re: maisonbistro

            I don't know about that - her lemon cupcake is pretty darned good...

          2. re: cherylmtl

            I only ever get her cakes but I will definately try a cupcake next time. Rema is great!

      1. I've been and echo Barbara's comments. Over priced and too much sugar.

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        1. re: bigfellow

          However, in Cho'cola's defense, the same can be said about almost every other cupcake emporium in town (except Cocoa Locale). What will all these places do when cupcakes have outlived their 15 minutes of culinary fame?

          1. re: eat2much

            After trying it out about 2 yrs ago, Cho'cola struck me as one of those places that focuses WAY too much on design/decor/concept, and not enough on flavour or value. At this point I'd rather eat one of their business cards than another one of their cupcakes. Such a waste of a cute place and great location.

            As for worthy alternatives, I still think Les Glaceurs in Old Montreal stands out from the pack. They're not trying to do what Reema's doing at CL, mind you - mostly solid classics.

            1. re: anachemia

              oh oh, have you tried Les Glaceurs' red velvet cupcake? It is absolutely delicious! Moist, flavorful, great fluffy icing... *drools*

              1. re: alixium

                YES!! In fact I've been craving one since I posted that last nite. :-)

        2. I echo the others' sentiments. The cupcakes look great, and the flavours sound intriguing, but in the end they are disappointing. The cake tends to be a bit dry, and the icing is way sweet and the texture of the icing is slightly granular and taste like fake fat. Too bad. They seemed to have so much promise.

          1. their cupcakes make Itsi Bitsi's look good

            1. I tried it once, mostly b/c it's close to our place, and it was, as most have said, a disappointment. It was later in the evening, and I got the feeling that they didn't want our business, particularly b/c I asked for a latte and I think they didn't want to clean it again. (It was an hour before closing) I can't remember what we got, which should say something. It is a shame, considering that a good place for dessert (ok, most edible goods) are in short supply on such a busy street.

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              1. re: megmtl

                "It is a shame, considering that a good place for dessert (ok, most edible goods) are in short supply on such a busy street."

                Hmm, I am surprised by this sentence. Now, please note that I am not a resident of NDG, and perhaps others who are more knowledgeable can comment. But I have heard good things about Patisserie Nancy ( I have not been), and I love Gryphon D'Or (I have eaten here and loved their food, and their desserts). Is Monkland really that bad for edible food?

                1. re: moh

                  Edible food is available - edible desserts are a whole other ballgame. But I think that's reflective of the city in general - I think everyone would quickly adopt a dessert only place that served quality, delicious desserts. But for some reason, it just doesn't seem a viable business proposition, or I'm sure someone would have done it already. So, to answer your question, there is some decent grub to found on Monkland, but no noteworthy desserts (great for my waistline, terrible for the sweet tooth).

                  On a side note, when I was younger, I always wanted to order a delivery dessert service, as , no matter how good a delivery meal was (chicken, pizza, chinese, whatever) you could never get a good dessert - I mean a really go dessert.

                  1. re: maisonbistro

                    The best dessert places I have found are on L"acadie betwwn the 40 and Sauve:
                    1. B sweet used to be good but lately I find their phyllo/nut pastries are often stale. Their crepes are humongous and good. The ice cream is acceptable. The cakes are hit or miss: some sublime, some stale. It depends when they have a fresh batch
                    2. Antabli is great for something off the beaten path. Various smoothies, fruits decked with achtah which is sinful, crepes and waffles. The gelato/ice cream is also quite good.
                    3. Cremino, a new contender on that stretch is a beautiful place. I tried their gelato last week and it was great. They also have various sweets, chocolates, coffees, etc... They looked good and I plan on trying them next time. The place was full and they said they have been in business since 1983, presumably at another location.
                    4. Sadly, the 2nd Mahrousse location is shut down.

              2. Ditto the comments: pretty place, sure, but the cupcakes seem to be made with a Duncan Hines kinda mix and the icing is sploodgy and almost oily. Sickeningly sweet, sickeningly expensive.

                I got burned twice, and I'm never going in there again.

                1. Just a quick note: I walked by today and they are saying they now serve breakfast Friday, Saturday and Sunday, between 8 and 11 am. I don't intend on going, but maybe someone courageous will give it a whirl and report back :)

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                  1. re: TheSnowpea

                    One of the reasons why a pink cup-cake themed spot shifts to breakfast is because they are on their last legs of survival, IMO.

                    1. re: J1836

                      ... and st. viateur bagel a couple of addresses over has a lineup.