I stumbled upon this little St-Laurent/Laurier bakery the other day, and went in on a friend's recommendation. After having had a piece of their Strawberry cheesecake, and one of their Chocolate cheesecake I can telll you that whoever currently owns the title of best cheesecake in Mtl (certainly not Delices de Dawn, let me tell you...) has a SERIOUS contender.
Now if like me you're used to the quaint ambiance of Premieres Moissons (who make a pretty great fruit cheesecake themselves) with warm lights, seats, and the background music of idle chatter, you'll be disappointed. At that point you may even consider leaving the cold, almost sterile bakery with tile floors and an overall air of cheapness.
However, if you brave through the foodie preconceptions you'll find two GREAT cheesecakes at a rather fair price. With just the right thickness and a swirl of strawberry baked into it, the strawberry one was probably my favorite. But that's simply because I've always been more partial to fruit-flavored cheesecakes.
The chocolate one, covered in a thick ganache, and filled with chunks of chocolate pieces is nothing to sneeze at either. They seem to strike the perfect balance of cheesecake and strawberry/chocolate in each bite with no one taste overpowering the other. My only criticism would be the fact that they use a slightly bitter chocolate instead of the traditional sweetened milk chocolate. For the choco-purists this might actually be a great thing, but for me it was just enough to pull it below its strawberry counterpart. Strictly a matter of taste though as the thick ganache (missing from the strawberry) does actually give the chocolate cake a higher production value.
All in all, VERY yummy, very affordable (especially the wholes), and sinfully unknown. Just the let the ambiance (or lackthereof) dictate the taste for you as some of us tend to do. :p
[Photos credited to Midnight Poutine website]
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