Move over arepas, there's a new Venezulan food export that is rocking the taste buds of Montreal. Cachitos, a traditional Venezuelan ham-filled rolled dough, is the next best Venezuelan thing, and can only be found at the aptly named 'Cachitos' in Montreal. Found on St. Catherine's just east of De Bullion, Cachitos is the only restaurant to specialize in cachitos in Montreal, and possibly the world.
Putting it simply, a cachitos is kind of like a Venezuelan calzone, only much lighter. Using a special rolled dough, cachitos are slightly sweet and are usually stuffed with ham and cheese. Taking this concept to the next level, Montreal's Cachitos makes 12 different styles of cachitos, ranging from sweet to savoury, and all of them are delicious.
Sticking to tradition, I had to try the basic ham and cheese cachitos to get a sense of the dish itself. Paired with authentic Venezuelan white cheese, the basic cachito was tasty but not too different from other types of stuffed meat buns. Same goes for the homemade chorizo variety. What really hooked me were the Guava-Cheese and Spinach Feta flavours. The former was the perfect balance between sweet and salty, while the latter was creamy, light, and definitely not lacking in cheesy flavour. All of the cachitos were airy and freshly baked with fresh ingredients, but the vegetarian varieties were the surprise stars of my tasting. Dip it in Cachito's addicting basil-mayo-ish house sauce, and you have a great meal on the go at a very affordable price.
Very much a bakery, Cachitos also has a large list of sweets to eat along with your savory cachitos. 'Guilt free' and fully sized passion fruit and lemon tarts, topped with a smooth meringue, are great choices. Cachito's Dulce de leche cupcakes taste like your eating baked butterscotch, which is a good thing, trust me. Alfajores (Argentinian cookies) are a favourite at Cachitos, but my favourite dessert goes to their Tres Leches. Available in single serving or for a crowd, the Tres Leche is delectably milky and sweet.
To go along with your cachito and dessert, Cachitos has a great list of specialty coffees. You can grab your standard espresso or latte, but why be boring? Try out Cachito's 'Bon Bon' espresso, sweetened with condensed milk, or a Triple Layer of Pleasure Cappuccino. All are brewed with a very low acid and quite sweet espresso bean (Parallel 49 ) and go great with the addition of condensed milk, or enjoyed as a solo espresso.
Come October 1st Cachitos will be selling its very special Holiday Bread, a log roll with ham, raisins, and olives. A unique combo which I'm sure will be delicious. With a 10% student discount, the already affordable baked goods of Cachitos are perfect for hungry students and foodies alike. Next time you're out on St. Cats, bypass the poutine and head to Cachitos for a better bite to eat.
Even though their shaved ice desserts are huge, you may not want to share because they're also incredibly delicious.
Each shaved ice dessert on the menu is piled high with toppings ranging from taro to brown sugar milk to mochi, mango and strawberry.
If you're not in the mood for shaved ice — or you're ridiculously hungry — Meet Fresh also has taro balls, grass jelly, purple sweet potato treats, tofu pudding, almond soup, purple rice desserts, waffles and more.
Address: 150, ave. Mont-Royal E., Montreal, QC (Plateau)
Why You Need To Go: They're famous for their watermelon and pineapple bowls but have a big menu full of fun and delicious Hawaiian-themed treats. We can't wait to try the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae and birthday cake ice cream, which uses actual chunks of birthday cake.
Address: 1274, boul. de Maisonneuve E., Montreal, QC (Ville Marie)
Why You Need To Go: Some of the most refined and elegant soft-serve twists you can find, Sachère always keeps balanced flavour profiles in mind. Think toasted pistachio & sour cherry, Matcha & dark chocolate, and olive oil & grapefruit mint.
True ice cream fans know that more is always better! Le Grand Verglas (The Great Ice Storm), a creamery on Montreal's South Shore, lives by the same motto with its famous four-level cones. How could you not add crushing one of these delicious behemoths to your summer bucket list?
The "frozen bistro" in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu specializes in cold desserts from gelato to milkshakes and bubble tea — but if you want to go big or go home, order the "Grand Verglas."
Cookie? Or pie? One of life's toughest decisions, but thanks to Anita Martella-Mulé, a.k.a Madame Munchy, a Montreal-based home baker who has brought the city its first-ever cookie pie, we don't need to choose anymore.
Known for her wild and creative desserts, the self-proclaimed "Queen of the Cookie Pie" has brought sugary goodness to her loyal subjects.
As for the Madame, herself, "I love over the top desserts, like the ones on my menu (Slutty Cheesecake, Fudges, Millionaire Bars) but couldn’t really find anywhere to buy them," she told MTL Blog.
"So, I started making them myself. Once family and friends got a taste they all wanted to place orders, so I decided to start selling them."
"The Cookie Pie is a first for Montreal as far as we know, since no one has ever seen one before! The dream is for it to become a staple of Montreal desserts! Montreal Smoked Meat, Montreal Steak Spice, Montreal Bagels… Montreal Cookie Pie!"
Price: $40 for the cookie pie, $5-10 for delivery
Why You Need To Check It Out: For a never-done-before, fit-for-royalty dessert you need to try to believe.