Ok, so on my first trip to Montreal, I had to try a Montreal bagel, a smoked meat sandwich, a French bakery café and basically lots of food. How many trips would it take to check off all the good restaurants and eateries? We had time for one bakery café. The magic word was ‘croissant’, since we had slotted the café for breakfast. After a good amount of research, I decided to try Mamie Clafoutis. They have a few locations around the city. Don’t turn your nose up! It is all baked fresh in an adjoining kitchen and yes the croissants are buttery and flaky and oh so rich!
Name and Location – Mamie Clafoutis, 2660 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal.
Great for – Freshly baked French pastry – you can peep into the kitchen. ‘real butter croissant’ breakfast.
Popular treats – the Pistachio Croissant, The pain au chocolat called “Oh mon dieu” filled with chocolate ganache, the canelés and the sandwiches
I am totally digging the – Pistachio Croissant. I read a lot about this and I absolutely had to try it, albeit, with a grain of salt. A rich very pistachio-y centre filled to the brim, ensconced within flaky, crispy outer layers. They definitely don’t skimp on the filling – totally money’s worth. A tad too heavy for breakfast maybe, but they say, you must have a big breakfast! I will go back, just for this.
The ambience – Upscale café with clean-lined, modern interiors. It is not a homely bakery feel but it is comfortable and quiet. Good place to meet up over a good coffee and a small pastry. Pleasant staff.
The Meh – we tried the rhubarb tart. I was not very impressed. It was soggy. Hopefully that was a one off case and they do better seasonal tarts.
What you will shell out – $15 – $20 for 2 people.
More information – http://www.mamieclafoutis.com/