Montreal Croissant Update Please
Do we understand that le Duc de Lorraine has changed hands? Would like very best croissant recommendation for end 2010 (and great coffee to go with, although that's not essential).
Le Pain dans les voiles makes a good croissant and chocolatine. The only issue is that they're not on the Big Croissant proper - they're in Mont-Saint-Hilaire.
I don't know if there's a best croissant... some are as good but just different. I like all of these :
- The newly opened Boulangerie Guillaume (already some of the finest bread in town too... the fougasse à la fleur de sel is amazing)
- Olive & Gourmando
- Le Paltoquet
- Fous Desserts
- Mamie Clafoutis
- Co'pains d'abord
I don't remember if I've tried the ones at Arhoma, but they're probably good as almost everything they do is.
re: english muffin
Mr Pinchot - buttery and lightly sweet
Kouign Amann - compact and delicious
Le Paltoquet - thin and elegant with nice crisp
Autour d'un Pain - bigger and less buttery than above but great (crisp outer/middle ridge) altogether a different style
Low marks- Croissanterie Fairmount- pretty much phoning it in
My personal favourites are Kouign Amann and les Copains d'Abord as they make the kind of croissant I prefer: crisp and shiny on the outside, with dense and buttery layers of pastry on the inside. Olive and Gourmando is pretty good too, but their prices are too high if you ask me. Especially since their croissants a touch on the small side. When I go there I normally opt for something a little unusual - theres a danish with apricots, white chocolate, macadamia and coconut. The thing weighs a ton, but it's fantastic.
The Croissants aux Amande from Guillaume are probably the best one I ever ate!!!
I went in early this morning, and they were freshly done, crisp and tender, tons of roasted almonds, a little bit of caramelization on the bottom, just perfect!!!
The chausson aux pommes is not too shabby also!!!
BTW they are closing for 2 weeks (from the 4th to the 14th inclusive).
Ok, you have just convinced me to try their croissants. I have been loving their little chocolate breads (le petit ecolier) and their fougasses (the best deal in the city) but had passed over their croissants in favour of Fous Dessert's.
Another tip for a croissant - Bakery Arhoma makes a pistachio croissant! I haven't tried it personally but my friend raved about it. Although they can be hard to get a hold of - Copette and Cie, the cheese shop in Verdun that stocks Arhoma products, doesn't get them in every day, as their production is dependant on how many croissants were not sold in the bakery the previous day!
I just had a wonderful chocolatine from La Mie Matinale (www.lamiematinale.ca
)The pastry was really tender and flaky, and it had 2 bars of chocolate so every bit had some. I went there for the stollen and just grabbed the chocolatine on a whim and I'm so glad I did! They also have plain and almond croissants, that I'll have to try next time...
My favorite croissants come from the AMOUR DU PAIN bakery in Boucherville and are delivered every morning at FOU D ICI, 360 Maisonneuve West, (corner of Bleury) in Montreal.
Le comptoire du chef on Metcalf is not a bakery but they manage to make excellent buttery croissants.