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Monday, July 23, 2012

Le Cartet


Le Cartet is an upscale cafe that wears many hats.  On the weekend it's a popular and trendy place for friends to meet up for brunch, while during the week local office workers come in to get a bite to eat for lunch. Meanwhile, local residents appreciate having Le Cartet in the neighborhood as a place to drink coffee in the morning, grab a little savory something, or pick up a sweet treat.

Le Cartet is undoubtably popular, but is it good?


The boutique

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and is a pleasant place to spend some time, but my favorite aspect of Le Cartet is actually the boutique at the front of the restaurant.  The selection of chocolate is impressive, and there are all kinds of goodies available, such as jams, olive oils, cookies, and teas.

A large refrigerator case offers main dishes, soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, drinks, and even cheese plates and entire meat pies ready for takeout.  I like to take out dessert to eat after dinner.  The mousse au chocolat, made with 72% Valrhona chocolate, is a winner.  My husband usually gets the rich tiramisu (and I usually sneak a taste of it).  The boîte à lunch, which includes a sandwich, crudités, and fruit salad, is also a favorite.  I like the freshness and variety it offers.

Drawbacks

While the general quality of the food at Le Cartet is good, the flavors are not as imaginative as they could be.  Also, the brunches are popular to the point where it's not always worth the wait.

Worth a visit

Still, Le Cartet is a solid choice.  The space is well-designed and the convenience of being able to pick up something of quality so easily makes a trip to Le Cartet worth while.  The servers and staff tend to be friendly, too.  Give it a try.

Le Cartet Resto Boutique
106 McGill Street
514-871-8887
Metro: Square Victoria
Parking: Street

Dress: Casual or dress to impress.

Price: Allow $20 - $30 per person for brunch or lunch, including tax and tip.  Takeout sandwiches are available for under $10.

Highlights: Variety of goods on offer, especially the chocolate bars.  Yummy boîte à lunch and mousse au chocolat.  Nice atmosphere.  Convenience.

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