Brunch / patesseries/ creperie Suggestions
I’m having some friends (chocolate lovers) coming and I would like some suggestions where to bring them to eat
2- Good patesseries especially with amazing chocolate croissants and chocolate brownies
3- Good pancakes/creperie spot
Any advice will be really appreciated!
There is a chocolate place just before Provigo on ste catherine, near fort.. I have not tried it yet but the dishes when I pass by look delicious! Here is info on it and they recently started to have brunch
I see they have chocolate marshmallow and banana pizza- I think I may give that a try!
Cacao 70 is very good, IMO - 2087 Ste-Catherine W. They have a whole brunch menu but I've only been there for dessert/drink. The huge hot chocolates alone are incredible - rich, creamy, and almost too much chocolate for one sitting. Maybe better to share. :-) My friends had a chocolate fondue that looked fab - they shared the "fondue for one" and it was more than enough for two. Another time a friend had a dense chocolate shake that looked amazing, and I shared a chocolate cake-in-a-glass which was great, but not actual solid chocolate cake, so it wasn't what I was expecting, though it was still yummy.
For a Middle Eastern take on crepes in a quirky/kitchy location, might want to try Cocktail Hawaii in the same area - http://www.cocktailhawaii.com (watch the music) - 1645 de Maisonneuve W. Go for one of the fruit crepes with achta: Lebanese cream cheese, a bit similar to mascarpone. The fruit "cocktail" drinks and fresh fruit juices are nice too.
Spanel for crepes. They have a lovely terrasse in the back of the restaurant.
Lawrence for brunch.
As for patisseries, you might want to check this recent thread,
where a recent visitor has written an inspiring and exceptional tome on some Montreal highlights. A search on this board for "brunch" turns up many options. FWIW, I was not impressed by Faberge, a new breakfast place on Fairmount and Clark. Way overpriced...
hmm, I had a totally different experience at Faberge. We went there recently for the first time, even though we live in the neighbourhood and it's been open for what, nearly two years? I had the club sandwich with fries and salad - $12 I think, and it was a great serving, excellent fries (some of the best I've had in Montreal, though not in the usual Quebec style). Hardly overpriced when a similar club sandwich in very different surrounds, at Chex Claudette nearby, is only $2 cheaper!
Three great patisseries:
1. Olivier Potier on Sherbrooke. Fabulous very elegant Parisian style pastries. Good almond croissant and chocolate croissante. Great chocolate.
2. Oliver et Gourmondo: Amazing Valrona Cholcate croissant.
3. Yukis: amazing Japanese/French style pastries. Green tea/chocolate cake and brownies.
BRUNCH: 1. Amazing brunch at Lawrence-very English style with a "gastropub" style menu. Very unique. Attention to quality. Very nice environment.
2. Madre; Fabulous and unique neuveau latino food Peruvian style. Very cool and elegant food.
3. Oliver et Gourmondo; An amazing breakfast sandwich can be had there.
4. Au Pied Au Cochon Cabane A Sucre; amazing, opulent-good luck getting in-it's a long ride too.
another good brownie: the one at Maison Cakao, on Fabre below Laurier. More a chocolate shop than a patisserie, but great brownies. A lot of people like the brownies at Chocolats de Chloe (another very good chocolate shop, on Duluth near St-Hubert.
My favourite chocolatine is from La Mie Matinale, on Ste-Catherine in the Village, although I've never heard any other hounds mention it for some reason. Mamie Clafoutis has a crazy thing they call "oh mon Dieu" that's something like a croissant filled with chocolate ganache & topped with chocolate glaze or something. Might even have something else like almond cream. I found it a bit over-the-top, but true chocoholics might love it.