I was in old Montreal with some friends on the weekend. We wanted a bit of lunch, but the wait at Olive and Gourmando was long as always, so we decided to try out Chocolaterie Bouchees Gourmandes which is across the street. It looks like a patisserie/chocolaterie, but they also serve daily specials which are listed on a large piece of paper at the front door. We decided to go for the brunch special for $35 dollars. They bring a bunch of food family style and you can feed 2-4 people easily on this special. We weren't expecting much, but boy were we pleasantly suprised!
We started with a small plate of smoked salmon garnished with onion and capers. The salmon was very high quality and delicious. There were no off-putting fishy smells, and the garnishes were perfect. A very well-executed classic. We then got a plate of cottage cheese with fresh fruit, all the fruit were fresh and flavourful, and carefully chosen. Again, very well-executed. Then other salads appeared. There was a plate of beet salad and celery remoulade, both fabulous. Then the plate of Boston lettuce with a shallot vinaigrette, again perfectly excecuted. We then had a seafood stew in a tomato Basque style sauce with shripms and scallops, all cooked to perfection and not overcooked. We then had a beautiful crepe with strawberries and chocolate sauce. What was striking about the whole meal was the attention to detail and high quality of the ingredients. The menu itself is simple fare, but everthing tasted fantastic and was obviously prepared with love!
We also had croissant with quince jam and caramel sauce, all made on the premises, and all fantastic. I could have finished the caramel sauce by myself! And I had the chausson au pomme, also made there. The apple sauce was not too sweet and had a very concentrated apple flavour. The pastry was incredibly flaky and buttery. The coffee is also excellent.
This is very well-prepared flavourful food and a very reasonable price. The service is slow, so only go when you have time to sit back and relax and enjoy the food. The whole place seems to be run by two people, and man and a woman, and they are attentive but not speedy. But enjoy the pace, the food is well worth the wait.
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