Annex 49: Pekarna | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

2313 Sainte-Catherine O.
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  Atwater
Bus:  STM 15, 24, 57, 63, 90, 104, 108, 138, 144, 150

Visit:  October 13, 2011

My recent visit to La Maison Bulgogi had to be capped off with something decent like dessert.  Lately, I’ve been taking every chance to try dessert places in Montreal, ranging from ice cream, to pies, and now to cake.

It amazes me how much time I spend near the Atwater area.  I’ve been to the Pepsi Forum so many times that I can close my eyes and walk through the place.  Alright, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but it brings me to my next point.  Since the Pepsi Forum opened years ago, I’ve never once noticed Pekarna.  Maybe it was because my mind was always on the FutureShop or on Place Alexis-Nihon, Pekarna never registered to me.  That’s why I was surprised to know that there was a dessert place here.

I don’t think people really go to dessert places for cake or pie.  We go to dessert places for the simple fact that we get to sit down and go through the most meaningful hours of our little lives.  Sometimes, the dessert is overshadowed by the entertainment of a conversation that can be had during a time here.  And no, even though I was accompanied by the same people as the Korean BBQ place, the conversation wasn’t dominated by fat squirrels.  Actually, come to think of it, it was.  That just shows you that Pekarna was a very suitable place to simply relax after long days of working, studying, and hunting down fat squirrels.

The atmosphere is quite the unique one.  The wall is all glass, so you get an easy view of all the people passing by, going through what I’ll call a major transit hub.  Luckily for me, I wasn’t distracted by all this, mostly because I had my back to the windows.  What I was really distracted by was the table next to ours.  I’m pretty sure it was a table of two women, one tutoring the other in some sort of language.  I just found that a little out of the ordinary, as it’s another point to prove that Pekarna is a nice place to sit and even get work done.

The service was quite acceptable.  I think we put the poor person through their paces quite well.  At one point, we asked for once piece of cake sliced in half.  The server obliged after giving us that classic puzzled look.  With all we ordered, I think the service lived up quite well.

Chocolate Mousse Royale - View 1

Chocolate Mousse Royale

This cake is filled with mousse and topped with a truffle.  I personally didn’t have this cake.  Aesthetically speaking, it looks alright, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have this.  You’ll notice the second picture where you see the siding of the cake.  I didn’t find that part too good looking.

The person who had the cake didn’t find the mousse to be too filling as it was a little dry.  The funny part is that this cake was the last one that was finished.

The truffle on the top of the cake gives me the only opportunity I think I’ll ever have to write about them.  Everything I know about truffles comes from Iron Chef Japan and that one episode of the Simpsons last year.  So, I’m not going to really tell you my definition of a truffle, nor am I going to ask for anyone’s two cents on the topic.  All I’ll say is that I seem to be one of the few people to have zero interest in truffles.

Oreo Cake - View 1

Oreo Cake

This is a chocolate cake that is obviously topped with a whole Oreo cookie.

Now, this cake came with a little controversy.  Our fat squirrel part of the group, who probably can eat more than me, only wanted half a piece of cake.  Now, Pekarna wouldn’t sell half a piece of cake.  I, seeing how bummed he was, offered my professional eating services to finish the piece of cake.  So, we had the poor server divide the already small piece of cake into two halves.  The interesting part is that the cake had to be pushed back together for picture time.  Once the photo shoot was over, the fat squirrel quickly swiped the cookie, not that I really cared.  I ended up having a piece and a half while he said he was full.  Well, our fat squirrel was also spotted taking generous bites from the chocolate mousse cake from above.  The moral to the story is to order and complete piece.

Since I got the chance to try this cake, I’m going to tell you exactly what this tastes like.  This will require some culinary experience and a vivid imagination for this.  I suggest you close your eyes and get your taste bud archives ready for this.  Either that, or find one of the very few dwindling locations of the establishment I’m about to name.  Picture a Dunkin Donuts.  You go the counter and you order 1 very small munchkin.  The munchkin is of the chocolate variety.  You bite into this munchkin and you notice the taste right away.  That’s the taste of the Oreo cake in a nutshell.  You may now return to your Timbits.

Deluxe Chocolate Cake - View 1

Deluxe Chocolate Cake - View 2

Deluxe Chocolate Cake

My ordering process this evening was a whole simpler.  It was close to being difficult when I laid eyes on the Apple Crumb pie sitting at the other end of the counter.  Since I had an apple pie just mere days before my current decision, I wasn’t going to overload myself on awesomeness.  My interest went back to the first cake that caught my eye.  This was the most traditional chocolate cake you’d find there.

I have to say that I really was happy with the way the cake looked.  The siding was probably one of the nicest ones I’ve ever seen on cake.  Other than my favorite Blackforest cakes, this is probably one of the nicest cakes I’ve ever consumed in my life.

When we talk about taste, we get to another story.  Though the cake was enjoyable, it was a little too heavy for my taste.  Each bite was too much of a struggle for me.  I probably would have preferred something lighter, but I still decided to finish since this one wasn’t that bad.  The best part of the cake were the chocolate pieces that adorned the top and side of the piece of cake.

Final Verdict

On this particular night, I discovered what it was like to try Korean BBQ for the first time.  I also found out that I should keep my eyes peeled for great dessert places because I’m always so close minded when it comes to other types of cuisine or establishments.  Pekarna makes some pretty strong desserts that make you want to come back to try the immense variety seen in their counters.  It’s also a place where you can sit down to eat your dessert while enjoying great conversation in the company of whoever is with you.

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