Slideshow: Fous Desserts: The Best of Five Quality Croissant-Makers in Montreal?

Croissants at Fous Desserts
Croissants at Fous Desserts
Fous Desserts’ croissants (CN$1.60) are objects of desire. In a showroom of stunning sweets, the croissants call out with their striated lines and deep golden color.

Fous Desserts: 809 Laurier Avenue East, Montreal H2J 1J2 (map); 514-273-9335; fousdesserts.com

A Closer Look at Fous' Croissant
A Closer Look at Fous' Croissant
A closer look at Fous Desserts’ croissant with its compelling striations.
Deep Inside Fous' Croissant
Deep Inside Fous' Croissant
Fous Desserts’ croissant was very crisp, but still pillowy soft inside, producing lots of shards with each bite or pull. It was buttery with the perfect kiss of saltiness.
Croissant at Mamie Clafoutis
Croissant at Mamie Clafoutis
Step into Mamie Clafoutis and you’re immediately barraged by displays of beautiful breads and pastries. In this context, the croissants (CN$1.45) look good, but a closer look reveals them to lack uniform color. They’re denser than the others to the point of being almost cake-like, with a crust that’s simply too soft, and overall lacking buttery flavor.

Mamie Clafoutis: 1291 Van Horne Avenue, Montreal H2V 1K5 (map); 514-750-7245; mamieclafoutis.com

Croissant at Pâtisserie Olivier Potier
Croissant at Pâtisserie Olivier Potier
Despite a warming up (as part of the table service), the croissant (CN$1.85) at Pâtisserie Olivier Potier offered surprisingly little contrast between crumb and crust. The flavor was fine and the butter accentuated by a fair use of salt, but my plate (and lap) showed no evidence of shards after eating, indicating that the pastry simply lacked the desire flakey texture.

Pâtisserie Olivier Potier: 1490 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal H3G (map); 438-381-6111; facebook.com/PatisserieOlivierPotier

Croissant at Olive & Gourmando
Croissant at Olive & Gourmando
Given the quality of the sandwich I ate, Olive & Gourmando’s croissant (CN$2.50) was somewhat disappointing, especially as it’s the most expensive of the group. Buttery to the touch, the flavor hit the right notes. But the croissant was a bit dry (perhaps slightly overcooked, as evidenced by the brownness on the bottom) and failed to offer the feathery layers I found inside of Fous Desserts’ croissant.

Olive & Gourmando: 351 Saint Paul Street West, Montreal H2Y 2A7 (map); 514-350-1083; oliveetgourmando.com