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Pekarna Patisserie

Posted by Amie / March 12, 2010



2313 Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest


8 out of 10

I swear I will start eating salad soon...

It was brought to my attention that in my Top 10 Montreal Desserts adventure I had overlooked a Slovenian patisserie in the AMC forum. I don't know how I missed a wall of cakes. I walk past the shop all the time. Very unlike me. Anyway, when I was told that it was better than a lot of the places on my list, I had to check it out. Having just eaten my way through a week of cakes, it's a really good thing I love ganache, and butterscotch, and mousse. Oh God I love mousse.

...and the commenter was right. This place is very, very good. I wouldn't do a whole extra review on the place if it wasn't warranted. Pure refined sugar. Nothing good for you. Ignore the lunch counter. You come here for dessert, pure and simple. It's open late every day, is situated right next to a movie theatre, so fits perfectly with my line about getting a piece of cake after a movie. I was skeptical at first because there were so many cakes in displays. Surely you couldn't buy them all by the slice, but you could! Then surely they must come from a factory, but they don't. The café is owned by a Slovenian woman who bakes most of the cakes in a big, big kitchen in Brossard. Her two daughters run the café and bake a few more cakes, cookies and squares in-store. No preservatives, real butter, lots of cream.

Oreo Cake and Cheesecake
The Cakes: There's an oreo cake AND and an oreo cheesecake! Does anyone else get as excited about that as I do? Three kinds of chocolate cake including mocha, brownie (layers and layers of actual brownie separated by rich icing and somehow called cake) and tiramisu (the ladyfingers are on the outside). Then there are at 6 kinds of mousse cakes in addition to strawberry shortcake and the signature Pekarna cake with raspberry cream, chocolate and vanilla genoise, coffee butter-cream, chocolate butter-cream and, as if that wasn't enough, rum flavour. Simple vanilla butter-cream cakes pales in comparison, if not in taste then at least in terms of adjectives...
Or if you can't handle layers of iced brownies somehow called a cake, you can try a truffle. They're huge and they don't look perfect, meaning they're home-made.
Or maybe just eat the cute "chubby nuns"...also called "Réligieuses". Cream puff pastry filled with thick, intensely sweet maple cream, topped with maple glaze, and assembled in layers that look like a church with steeples, or overly-shapely nuns. Even nuns deserve something that makes them happy. If it isn't your vocation, there are worse things than sweets to fall back on...

Blasphemy aside, this is a shop full of (sinfully) sweet concoctions, and will bump a whole lot of Montreal desserts down the Top 10 list. Apparently you should try the apple pie, but with 4 lengths of counters filled with three-tiers of cake each, you have a tough choice ahead of you.

Oh, and the prices are low. Huge piece of flan for $2.99. Cakes around $4.25-$4.75. Big pieces of pie with flaky crust, $3.00 range. Sounds too good to be true.

(514) 228-5222
Hours: Mon: 8am - 10pm, Tues-Thurs: 8am - 10:30pm, Fri: 8am - 11:30pm, Sat: 9am - 12am, Sun: 9:30am - 10pm



natalia / March 12, 2010 at 08:25 pm
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Vic / March 16, 2010 at 01:26 am
Thank you Amie. Your review is right on!!
My favourite is their flan but they don't always have it. This past christmas they were offering 20 kinds of xmas logs at around 25$. Awesome deal and same quality as the rest of their cakes.
Imzadi78 / October 28, 2011 at 01:07 am
Just had very bad service at this cafe. The girl behind the counter chatted with a friend, ignoring the 3 waiting clients. They don't have trays, how is one supposed to juggle hot soup, a coffee and dessert to one's table? Also, the couple after me was offered table service. I was not. The food is tasty but there are service kinks to iron out for sure.
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