445 Laurier E.
Bus: STM 14, 27, 30, 46, 47, 51, 427
Visit: January 21, 2013
Sometimes the things you find come from out of nowhere, or even from right under your nose. Located right next to the northern entrance of the Laurier metro station, La Boîte Gourmande is one of those places that you might not think twice about entering, unless you knew what was inside.
To set the scene, we have to go back to Burger 176 at Chez Claudette. It was part of Montreal’s coldest week in years and I was looking for a place for a last minute burger. So, it was in my interest to choose a place that was located near a metro station to make sure that there was minimal contact time with the cold.
On my way to the burger location, I noticed this place right outside the metro station. What drew my attention to the door were the words printed on the glass, desserts. That’s enough to make sure I keep that in my memory. At that moment, I didn’t really think much of it, so I kept on walking.
When I finished my meal at Chez Claudette and wasn’t too keen on their selections of dessert, thoughts of coming to La Boîte Gourmande started becoming serious. I had nothing but time and I wasn’t in much of a hurry. There was nothing to lose by at least setting foot in the door and taking a look. The worse that could happen is that I would look silly walking right back out.
From the few minutes I spent in the establishment, I could tell you that it’s a place that does lunch and take-home dishes. The counter and display case area are prominently featured in the center of the store. There is also a large number of tables to be seen. At the time of my arrival, there was even a large group enjoying their time there.
I took a few moments to scan the display case with the desserts in plain sight. It didn’t take very long and I spotted what I wanted. Then, I took my request to the very courteous counter person. At that point, it was made abundantly clear that the closing was coming up. Seeing how I was only interested in cake, that wasn’t going to be an issue.
The last thing that surprised me was when I went to pay for the cake. Me, in my convoluted mind, was thinking that I was going to be charged tax for the cake on top of the price in the display case. So, I pull out a dollar more than I needed, thinking that would cover the tax. The second I handed over the money, the loonie was handed right back to me. Apparently, what’s nice about this place is that the tax was figured into the price.
As you can tell, this is the most I could make out from a short visit to have one piece of cake. In the end, after sitting down and settling in for a couple of minutes, it was time to see if the cake was going to be an intense moment.
When I saw this in the display case, I just couldn’t help myself. I’m actually thinking of dedicating myself to finding awesome pieces of chocolate cake once this whole burger thing dies down. Just the name alone was enough to make me accept what I’ll call a pretty intense challenge.
In the first few bites, the cake is a little bit tougher than one would like. For a split second, I was a little disappointed, but that was only after one bite. If we put down a good book after a page or turned off that Habs game after they got thrashed 5-0, we wouldn’t have figured out that the ending was worth the wait.
As I got through the layers of the cake, I started finding something that made it so much more worth it. The nuts and softer layers really made for a nice mix that lifted my impression of the cake. In the end, I was actually quite happy that I spent the five dollars for the intense piece of chocolatey goodness.
If you’re looking for a place right next to a metro station to have lunch or a dessert, La Boîte Gourmande is the place for you. It’s the kind of place where you can settle down and enjoy that cup of coffee while you watch the rest of Montreal go by.