3600 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Bus: STM 24, 29, 55, 144
Visit: October 25, 2012
As a lot of you know, my search for desserts in the Greater Montreal Area has brought me a lot of chocolate cake. More specifically, chocolate mousse cake has been a great fixation of mine. Well, with that in mind, an impromptu change in plans brought me back to the small franchise named Juliette & Chocolat.
Originally, I wasn’t planning on writing this visit up, but a something I found compelled me to do so. As you’ll see in a moment, I just can’t help myself when it comes to this kind of cake.
Juliette & Chocolat was part of the GBS back in March. After a long night of parent-teacher interviews, a bunch of us decided to visit the Laurier location. This time around, after consuming the unique components of Burger 164, we walked down Saint-Laurent to find ourselves at a different looking Juliette & Chocolat.
When we entered, we were quickly greeted by the staff working. It was then where we were sidetracked by the display case of chocolate right at the entrance. After a quick browsing of the chocolate offerings, we made our way to the display case at the back of the floor. There, we noticed the immense amount of baked goods and tempting confections. Once done, we made our way back to the front and waited to be seated.
This Juliette & Chocolat is really different to the Laurier location and even the Saint-Denis location, which I almost got a chance to visit on the same night as Diablos. While those two locations seem a little more cramped, this one has a more vast, open floor with many tables to be seen. When we entered, the concentration of occupied tables were more to the left hand side. There were still a slew of tables on the right hand side of the entrance that were mostly empty. Even with an empty space, there were still a lot of people there that night.
The service was a little spotty when you think of it. When it came to ordering, our server didn’t seem that patient. They misunderstood what we wanted and we had to repeat more than once what we wanted. It seemed like they just didn’t understand their own menu. When the cakes came, or should I say cake came, there was a flaw. We both ordered the same cake, but it seemed like an imposition to have 2 of the same cake. So, when the one cake showed up, asking for a second was like asking me to give up bacon.
Now, we get to the reason why I just had to share this with all of you. This is a chocolate mousse cake with a praline crust topped with a few nuts. Just laying eyes on this thing forced me from breaking through the display case. Upon seeing it for the first time, I didn’t quite know that there would be chocolate mousse in the cake, but I’m guessing I’m building up an instinct for these things.
The cake was incredible from first bite right up until the end. The chocolate mousse portion was top notch and comparable to all the other similar cakes I’ve had recently. The crusted portions just added an extra dimension to the cake. The nuts on the top of the cake were like the proverbial cherry on the top.
The only thing that I could’ve done without was the base. I was watching the other cake getting handily taken apart with ease and I was scratching my head as to why I couldn’t quite cut this base down to size. After a while, I managed to cut it, but with great difficulty. Regardless of how this base affected the cake, the rest easily makes up for it and creates an awesome thing to finish an evening with.
Like I alluded to in the Laurier post, you don’t ever come here for a profound conversation with the staff of this establishment. What you come here for is what they manage to do with chocolate. Based off of one incredible cake, I just can’t wait for the next time I get the chance to come here.