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are there any GREAT cheesecakes in Montreal?

CKO Aug 16, 2009 07:21 PM

I always thought Montreal cheesecakes were ok. Until I went to NYC this summer... Now, I realize that all the cheesecakes that I remember eating in Montreal (Second Cup, Broadway Cheesecake, Wawel, Premiere Moisson, Calories...) are at best unimpressive. Good, but unimpressive. Yet, I still hope that there's a place somewhere in Montreal where I can find a morning-fresh moist and reasonably sweet cheesecake that rivals the best of Manhattan... a place with a GREAT cheesecake. Do you guyz know if such a place exist?

  1. mainsqueeze Aug 17, 2009 06:22 AM

    I'm not sure you're going to find a truly delicious New York Style cake.

    You're going to laugh, but I think the best cheesecake in Montreal is the vegan cheesecake made by "Johnny Cheesecake", that they serve at Else's. I was skeptical, just like everybody else, that a vegan dessert could compete with a real cheesecake, but am unfailingly impressed by just how good it is. I must have it each time I go to Else's. Last time I ordered it it was a banana chocolate cake, which isn't even a favourite flavour combo of mine, and it was amazing. Seriously. Give it a try.

    I also love the japanese style cheesecake at Harmonie bakery in Chinatown, but this, again, is in a very different style.

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    1. re: mainsqueeze
      lx6 Oct 3, 2009 02:49 PM

      While I concur that Johnny Cheesecake does indeed make the best cheesecake in Montreal, I must point out that it is NOT vegan. It has butter, eggs and yes, cheese in it. I know cos i've seen him bake them. The confusion likely arises from the fact that he did famously gift a vegan cheesecake to Moby live on Musiqueplus in the early 00s. So, not vegan but yes, very delicious. Try it.

      1. re: lx6
        mainsqueeze Oct 6, 2009 06:48 AM

        Argh!? Is everything I believed a lie?

        I used to work with Johnny (this was back in 2001), and I could have sworn he told me that the cheesecakes were vegan. Of course things change over time...

        1. re: lx6
          afoodyear Oct 6, 2009 04:04 PM

          Somehow, that makes me happy. Knowing that the best cheesecake in town is vegan would be like finding out the best coffee is made from chicory or something.

        2. re: mainsqueeze
          remdog99 Oct 7, 2009 04:33 PM

          Where is Else's?

          1. re: remdog99
            SnackHappy Oct 7, 2009 07:17 PM

            Roy and De Bullion


            They don't always have cheesecake. In fact, they often don't and the rest of the food is pretty forgettable. So if you want to go for Johnny Cheesecake you should call first.

        3. Andria Aug 17, 2009 07:52 AM

          GREAT cheesecakes... I'm not quite sure. However, I did recently discover that March Aubut now carries a few flavors from the Cheesecake Factory bakery. My two favorite flavors, vanilla bean and dulce de leche were not available last time I went, but I have put in a request. They do, however carry the Godiva chocolate flavor.

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            pinalafina Aug 17, 2009 09:45 AM

            Unfortunately, not anymore.

            I stopped eating cheesecake when Franni closed and when La Desserte moved to Richmond in the Eastern townships!


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              Mr F Aug 17, 2009 09:50 AM

              Haven't had it in a while, but I'm a fan of the classic Montreal deli style of cheesecake -- heavy, rich, sweet, topped with humongous strawberries. I'm sure you can still get it at places such as the Main, Dunn's or Reubens.

              But I'll add a big caveat: these cakes might actually be terrible by any reasonably objective standard, and my appreciation merely nostalgic. (cf the Montreal hot dog thread)

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                Evilbanana11 Aug 17, 2009 11:20 AM

                The TCBY on Cote St-Luc sells Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes. Not sure if they order them for you or they have them in store but they have signs all over advertising it.

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                  cupcake22 Aug 17, 2009 12:09 PM

                  Broadway Cheescake co in Laval makes a mean cheesecake....lots of varieties. I like the peanut butter one. but the classic NY cheesecake is great too. It's on blvd St Martin.

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                  1. re: cupcake22
                    RhondaB Aug 18, 2009 04:03 PM

                    There's also a Broadway Cheesecake in the strip mall on St. Charles that houses Le Biftek. Their cheesecake is very good for Mtl standards and they have lots of variety but a bit costly at over $7.00/slice. We tried a white chocolate that was just ok & a score bar that was very good. They also sell little individual cheesecakes but I forget how much.

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                    tigre Aug 18, 2009 02:55 PM

                    I can tell you where NOT to get a cheesecake: Rockaberrys. Because whipped cream-cheese and sugar does not a cheesecake make. If anyone wants to start a bad local desserts thread...

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                    1. re: tigre
                      wilmagrace Aug 18, 2009 03:25 PM

                      I tend not to order cheesecake as rarely wows in Montreal, and there are so many innovative desserts/pastries to try out which Montreal excels at. I did notice a new Broadway Cheesecake in downtown montreal, near Bay. I used to love to make my own cheesecake til i found it hard to stop at one slice! I also have found that many cheesecakes I have had in Montreal seem commercial in taste....and not all that memorable beyond the tasting.

                      1. re: wilmagrace
                        hala Oct 5, 2009 07:21 PM

                        It's on university at the intersection of president kennedy (diagonal from 2020 university)

                      2. re: tigre
                        Evilbanana11 Aug 18, 2009 04:07 PM

                        +1. The only things I like at Rockerberry's are the Apple Crumble and the Key lime pie.

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                        fraisefatale Oct 6, 2009 05:04 AM

                        Cheskies makes a decent cheesecake.

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                        1. re: fraisefatale
                          SnackHappy Oct 6, 2009 05:57 AM

                          What do they put in their cheesecake? I thought Cheskie's was a parve bakery.

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                          marblebag Oct 6, 2009 12:56 PM

                          I used to get my fix at Frannies and then at whoever was supplying the Cafe Republique at Cotes-des-Neiges + Cote-Ste-Catherine.

                          Now I can only finish a slice a week so I just get the mini ones at Broadway downtown.

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