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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.