Every neighbourhood has their go-to spots, whether it’s for brunch, the perfect loaf of bread or a great cup of coffee. In the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal, Duc de Lorraine has been the go-to French bakery since opening in 1952.
Diva #2 and Day Jobs Night Life were invited to check out Duc de Lorraine bakery located on Côte-des-Neiges Road. Greeted by the owner, we took a seat near the windows with a view of the top of St. Joseph’s Oratory. In the summer, a terrace is set up just outside, complete with couches and music.
The menu is full of French bistro favourites which include quiches, charcuterie and cheese plates. We started with the tomato soup, served with crispy bread, which was full of flavour with plenty of vegetables and lots of fresh herbs. The French onion soup was delicious, though a bit salty. The cheese on top was broiled to melt it, and the bread underneath soaked up the light broth. The onions were plentiful and melted into the broth.
The smoked salmon salad is a generous main dish. Full of fresh vegetables, the smoked salmon was cut a little thicker than usual. A deep coral colour, it was fresh, light and tasty. And while you might shy away from ordering a salad as a main, this one is more than filling!
The chicken à la king was a special for the day. The dish was similar to a deconstructed chicken pot pie but more elegant. The chicken and vegetables were cooked perfectly and draped in a thick sauce. Topped with a leaf-shaped puff pastry which was flaky, it was also served with a green side salad.
A classic French bistro item, the croque monsieur was served with a large garden salad. The gruyere cheese was melted over the bread, covering the ham and cheese sandwich underneath. The bread was still crunchy and this is the only time that eating a sandwich with a fork and knife is necessary!
You will definitely want to save room for dessert as the pastries are dangerously good! We wanted to be thorough, so we sampled four different desserts plus some macarons for good measure. The macarons are delicious, a little crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The coffee éclair was bursting with filling and richness, while the éclair with Chantilly cream was light as a feather!
The Paris brest was heavenly, with a strong hazelnut flavour and the pastry was light. The strawberry shortcake was very fresh and a great accompaniment to your coffee.
Duc de Lorraine is a great neighbourhood spot with impeccable service. It is ideal for grabbing a coffee or lunch, sitting on the terrace in the summer or picking up some pastries before heading to a friend’s house. They also offer catering services and custom cakes for any occasion.
Our Rating: As Expected
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