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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).

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: Glaff

        Eww - Co'pains d'abord. that brings back unpleasant memories (not for their product; just the personnel and the clientele).

        However, where is Boulangerie Guillaume?

        1. re: wattacetti

          On fairmount, just East of St-Laurent.

          Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it's on my list, I heard good things.

          1. re: wattacetti

            Which Co'pains are you referring to?
            The one on Masson, I find, has very nice staff.

        2. I've tried many croissants around town and my absolute favourite is at the 3M boulangerie, on Mont Royal East (opposite the Aubainerie). Their almond croissant is also the best, although a meal in itself.

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          1. re: english muffin

            Top marks:
            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

          2. 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.

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            1. re: MonsieurMangetout

              Where is Kouign Amann? The croissants sound good, but if they make a good kuoign amann I'll gladly make the 2 hour drive.

                1. re: ProvoloneRanger

                  Their Kouign Amann is a little uncharacteristic but OUTSTANDING. One of the most delicious desserts (buttery, caramelly) in the city. But they're often sold out! Maybe call ahead before a long drive.

                  1. re: ProvoloneRanger

                    It's for sure worth the drive, the k.a. is amazing. If you call in advance, they can hold a whole k.a. for you. It's about a dozen individual pieces (or less if you cut it up yourself) and it reheats great for a couple of days ... as if!

                    1. re: RhondaB

                      Thanks, I think maybe a trip is in order after the holidays.

                2. My favourites are the ones at Patisserie de la Gare, in Westminster in Montreal West.

                  1. 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).

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                    1. re: Maximilien

                      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!

                      1. re: unlaced

                        My friend has been raving about the breads at Copette and Cie, maybe a visit to Arhoma is in order. Is this their address:

                        Arhoma Boulangerie Fromagerie Inc
                        15 Simon Valois Place, Montreal, QC H1W 0A6

                        1. re: hala

                          Yep, that's the address. Basically it's on Ontario at Valois. "Place Simon Valois" is not a street it's the fiction that allows them to put addresses in a parc ;-).

                          The address would otherwise be something like 3801 Ontario East.

                          1. re: AlexCV

                            I really like the croissants and the almond croissants from La Cannoise (1301 Ontario East @ de la visitation).

                            1. re: pinkatronica

                              Can someone tell me why no one ever mentions Claude Postel when it comes to croissants? We visit once a year and always make a stop...for croissants and other things.
                              Should I be going to somewhere even better??? Thanks!

                    2. 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...

                      1. 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.

                        1. Le comptoire du chef on Metcalf is not a bakery but they manage to make excellent buttery croissants.