Croissant at Boulangerie Mr Pinchot
Boulangerie Mr Pinchot won highest accolades at a croissant tasting by Tourisme Montréal, but I found the dark-colored croissant (CN$1.45) to be somewhat soft and doughy, and not nearly buttery or flaky enough.
Boulangerie Mr Pinchot: 4354 Brébeuf Street, Montreal H2J 3K9 (map); 514-522-7192
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.
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.
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.
Croissants at Fous Desserts
A Closer Look at Fous' Croissant
A closer look at Fous Desserts’ croissant with its compelling striations.
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.