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Jun 8, 2009 02:23 PM

Best of the new Calories

Despite the declining reputation (which seemed to be a bi-product of its growing popularity) and that unpleasant bout of infestation I was a big fan of the old Calories.

I've been away for a year or so and apparently it's been "re-invented". I don't care about the food, as apparently there's more of it now, but I'm just wondering how the cakes have fared.

Any new must-tries?

Old classics still as good as ever?

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  1. I went to the Calories on Ste Catherine, right after they reopened, walked in and walked out. The re-invention was all cosmetic, and that was unfortunate as I love the old wood feel of the place. I actually had gone to by 2 slices of cake for dessert and didn't as they looked like the same cakes they used to carry, but the choice was more limited, and they looked dismal (read OLD). I went back a few months later, same thing.

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    1. re: maisonbistro

      .When I was in my late teens and early 20's I spent many hours sitting and studying at the old calories. I never went for the food or the amazing service.(sarcasm)
      It was more of an after class hang out.
      In recent years after graduating I no longer had the need to study and realized how much I hated calories. The cakes were always stale, never anything new ...I usually had to go to the cash and get my own water or cutlery because the service was so bad.

      Not too long ago I went back to visit the newly renovated calories. The cakes were still the same. The menu is even more limited then before. The half and half iced lemonade/tea is actually gross. I don't even like the new decor It does nothing to make the place more appealing.
      The staff may have changed but its like they hold the same I don't want to be here attitude.

      1. re: Alyson777

        Proving, I guess, that even if it's broke you shouldn't fix it.

        1. re: Shattered

          I don't think they should have re opened calories.. They did nothing to re vamp the place accept ad some tacky wall paper. The only regulars they still have are the same Westmount cops that always frequented the place.

    2. last time i checked the st-honore (only reason why i bother going there in the first place) wasn't even in the list nor on display and i hated the new decor and whatever they did to that place. totally disapointed, and i never went back again.

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      1. re: mak2k

        I finally went today and from what people here were saying, i was expecting a Dairy Queen setting with neon lights and a smell of pinesol. It was anything but.

        Foodie pompousness be dammed, I actually like the new ambiance! More so than the original dark eat-in-shame setting. It's not overly lit, the chairs, doors and wallpapers are clean but pleasantly atmospheric and you can have an enjoyable, prolonged sit there!

        The cake selection hasn't changed though and they still have that practice of keeping the last slice of a cake on an unappealing saucer in the back but hey, they were always good...I would have just liked to see a few new arrivals.

        As always the food is nothing that looks too appealing but you're there for the cake.

        The ferrero rocher (sp) chocolate cake was deee-vine and moist; fresh even at 11 pm.

        I'll definitely return. A thumbs up for the new Calories. Don't like it; don't go. :)

      2. They don't make their own cakes, do they?

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        1. re: mainsqueeze

          I doubt it. Fererro Rocher cake sounds like it's from Les Délices Lafrenaie.

          1. re: mainsqueeze

            Actually a lot their cakes look and sound like Delices de Dawn cakes.

            1. re: maisonbistro

              Dunno, but if you ever have a chance to get up to Les Délices Lafrenaie their Fererro Rocher cake is *awesome*.

              1. re: kpzoo

                I checked the website; it wasn't that ferroro rocher cake (though it does look delicious). It's a weird website actually; you don't get a description/name for each cake just a broad category like "cheescake".

                Do they deliver?

                1. re: BoomerKid

                  I know, their site is not good. No idea if they deliver - probably only to restaurants but it's worth asking!

                2. re: kpzoo

                  I second that opinion. Les Délices Lafrenaie makes some seriously good cakes. We had an absolutely fantastic Fererro Rocher "Bûche de Noël" one year and it was the highlight of our meal.