Montreal baked goods - specific questions
I am quite excited to get to spend a day in Montreal next week. I get to visit relatively often and have a few questions for you. I am pretty obsessed with bread and baking, and that is often my focus of eating in Montreal.
I have had amazing croissants at Fous Desserts now, and am tempted to return for my favourite - croissant and cafe au lait for breakfast. But should I try Mamie Clafoutis instead? I used to be a Kouig Aman croissant fan, but have been disappointed lately.
I plan on stocking up on bread from Boulangerie Guillaume as I love their walnut bread, chocolate baguette, and kamut/sesame bread. Anything else I should try there?
This new Olivier Poitras shop is also intriguing as they are bringing bread in from the Au Pain des Voiles, which I have heard of but never get to visit. Are there any breads from that shop that are a must? I am generally fond of baguettes, and like whole-grain breads as well. Is the food they offer at lunch good as well? Any recommendations?
Any other amazing new bakery finds or recommendations? My kids and spouse are expecting some exceptional pains au chocolat and apple turnovers to be brought back, and possibly some little entremets.
Boulangerie Guillaume also makes some excellent viennoiseries (croissants, croissants au chocolat/amandes, etc...). I would try them.
Mamie's are also good. In fact, there is a thread on this board comparing the two, with no clear winner it seems.
Maybe not the best, but Froment et de Sève on Beaubien is also pretty good, and if you are there next week, you can try their croissant with Maple butter, since it is sugaring season. I believe they are the only ones doing that.
As to Olivier Poitras, it is brand new, you can read the thread on this board, but other than that, I haven't tried it.
There's a lot of good ideas in this thread if you didn't see it : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796290. I would probably repeat most of the things I suggested there.
About Olivier Potier (not Poitras), the Pain du peuple is absolutely amazing and unique. I also really liked the Pain aux oignons, but this one is not from Le pain dans les voiles. Other than that I've only tasted the pastries and they're the best in Montreal.
I would also suggest De Froment et de Sève. You will not find a lot of reviews here like most place in Montreal east, but it's a really really popular place in this neighbourhood. The bread is not the best (still worth it if you want to try some) but some baked goods are really great. I would suggest the Caener, the maple butter croissant or danoise, the maple torsade and the most amazing thing on this earth : the chocolatine aux amandes.
Rhubarbe is amazing, but mostly high-end pastries, not a lot of baked goods. A lot of pictures here : http://patisserierhubarbe.com/
Have you ever tasted the bread at Olive et Gourmando? Unfortunately they stopped baking all sorts of breads like they used too, but you can still buy the Pain grillé (the one they use in their sandwich). I think it's my favorite bread in Montreal. It's also a baked goods paradise if you've never been.
Olivier Potier's croissants not as good as Fous Desserts I find, kinda spongy.
Apple turnover pastry quite nice but the insides like store-bought applesauce.
Maybe Sweet Lee's for homey stuff; tasty little cheesecakes if you like.
I had the St-Honoré at Olivier Potier today, it was creative and lovely, with a banana-passion fruit custard and a vanilla bean flecked chantilly and teeny tiny choux around. Didn't try the bread (they sure had lots of varieties but the loaves looked on the small side - I bake my own bread so I payed less attention).
In any case, I was just sacrificing my body to the gods of desserts...
(a review from another gourmand: http://willtravelforfood.com/2012/03/...)