I got to spend yesterday in Montreal for work. Before and after, I managed to fit in several bakery stops. Since I miss such good bread in Ottawa, I ate it all day.
Le Fromentier (on Laurier)
Good croissant, not blow-me-away good, but very good. I also bought a walnut bread (not the one with cumin) which I am currently eating, that is good, but not spectacular either.
Their walnut bread is my current obsession. It is very sour, with well-toasted walnuts (such a simple thing makes such a difference). I also inhaled a Kamut honey baguette coated in sesame seeds. I realized as I ate it with salted butter that it is very similar to a perfect NY style bagel, in a different form. I went back at the end of the day to buy more, but there was none....
I also bought a pain au chocolat, which was a small baguette stuffed, and not skimpily, with very dark chocolate. I ate it with a banana, and it was revelatory.
They make great croissants. I now prefer them to those at Koign Aman, whose have, in my opinion, gone downhill recently.
I have to learn how to make some of these breads...my trips to Montreal are not frequent enough. Thank you Montrealers for supporting such a strong baking community.
17 Avenue Fairmount Est, Montreal, QC H2T 2L9, CA
The Kouign Amann croissants vary by season. Since they don't prepare it in a temperature and humidity controlled room, the product changes with the ambient temperature. Having said that, I still prefer their almond croissant although I go to Fous Desserts for the rest.