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Best of the new Calories

BoomerKid Jun 8, 2009 02:23 PM

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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    maisonbistro Jun 8, 2009 05:39 PM

    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
      Alyson777 Jun 9, 2009 06:54 AM

      .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
        Shattered Jun 9, 2009 12:35 PM

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

        1. re: Shattered
          Alyson777 Jun 9, 2009 12:56 PM

          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.

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      mak2k Jun 9, 2009 09:22 AM

      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
        BoomerKid Jun 9, 2009 10:16 PM

        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. mainsqueeze Jun 10, 2009 12:29 PM

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

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        1. re: mainsqueeze
          kpzoo Jun 10, 2009 12:38 PM

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


          1. re: mainsqueeze
            maisonbistro Jun 10, 2009 03:06 PM

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

            1. re: maisonbistro
              kpzoo Jun 10, 2009 03:23 PM

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

              1. re: kpzoo
                BoomerKid Jun 10, 2009 03:39 PM

                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
                  kpzoo Jun 10, 2009 03:43 PM

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

                2. re: kpzoo
                  mtlmaven Jun 10, 2009 06:34 PM

                  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.

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