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Nov 24, 2012 05:23 AM

Philippe Mollé's holiday shopping list (Le Devoir)

I thought this rather extensive list for food (and cookware) shopping in and around Montréal was worth a mention.

In French, but I don't think it is hard to comprehend for those with limited knowledge of the language.

I do notice that while he has many recommendations for the South Shore, he has none for Laval (except the Laval Adonis) and the North Shore.

As with any list, some will disagree with his choices or think other important ones are missing.

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  1. Hmm interesting... about Le Pain dans les voiles : "Après bien des demandes, cette célèbre boulangerie s’installe enfin à Montréal, près du marché Jean-Talon.". Wonder where exactly they will open?

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    1. re: Glaff

      Longtime lurker, first post! I live around the corner so have been extremely excited at seeing a good boulangerie open up close enough for me to roll out of bed to. It's on the north-east corner of De Castelnau and Drolet, just north of JTM. Opened last Tuesday I believe.

      1. re: mytbeaver

        Cool! Thanks for the info. So you tried it?

        1. re: Glaff

          Not yet, been meaning to do that this week but get home a bit late most nights. Opening hours a 6hAM to 18h30 Tuesdays to Sundays. Reviews from friends have been good though.

          1. re: mytbeaver

            Their breads are excellent, passed by this weekend. Baguette has a great crusty outside and amazing interior. Had some samples as well that that I'll be trying out next time. Croissants were average, I've had better but their bread is up there with Bete a Pain and Clafoutis. They have yet to complete the interior btw, I am curios to see what else they will sell with all that empty space.

            1. re: JerkPork

              If it's like in St-Hilaire it will be a café space for lunch.

              1. re: JerkPork

                Also stopped by over the weekend. The breads are very good, though I did not particularly enjoy their signature "Pain du peuple". Personal taste I guess. Agree with you for the croissants, they're ok but will do in a pinch. The pain au chocolat is a bit better. As for the open space, I asked them and she told me it will be a coffee shop serving sandwiches and drinks, with a section for strollers.

          2. re: mytbeaver

            Thanks Glaff and Mytbeaver.

            Mytbeaver, Le Marquis isn't exactly horrible. I assume Le Pain dans les voiles is qualitatively better. You should probably try to get there early in the morning, if you can. I cycled by there many times, but as there was no sign of whatever was opening, pretty much gave up and awaited news. (I now live a bit south of Jean-Talon market - for years I lived a bit north of it). Will try to get there this weekend. Any specialities?

            1. re: lagatta

              I'll probably go tomorrow, I can report back after. I already know some of their breads though, since Olivier Potier sells them. I'm absolutely in love with their Pain du peuple (their speciality) so I guess I would recommend you that one! You can buy it by weight like at Joe la Croûte. Their baguette also won silver last year in France in an international competition.

              1. re: lagatta

                You're right, I've made do with Le Marquis once in a while for croissants, chocolatines and the occasional portuguese loaf. Most of their other breads were not really my thing though. The owner's a nice guy, we chat a bit when I show up early Sundays, but I think he will have trouble competing with regards to bread. In any case, he told me his business is 75% catering, so I hope he stays in business.

          3. He missed, forgot or otherwise overlooked the Birri Brothers for vegetables, Mamie Clafoutis as a bakery. The Atlantic and La Vieille Europe in the épicerie fine section (or maybe the cheese, or maybe the charcuterie).

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            1. re: EaterBob

              What are Birri selling in the winter? I thought they were closed...

              1. re: EaterBob

                Birri will disappear for the season any day now.