Modernly rustic is the best way I can describe Sweet Lee's bakery. Walking in feels like stepping through a time-warp where you're instantly transported to an old fashioned bakery of yore. Quaint, cute, and inviting, the décor of Sweet Lee's embodies the traditional baking methods and natural ingredients used in all of Sweet Lee's delicious creations. Despite Sweet Lee's old fashioned feel, the baked goods made at the St. Henri bakery are full of fresh and exciting flavours which I'm sure will please young and old tastes alike.
A well rounded bakery, Sweet Lee's offers a variety of savory options. Loaves, rolls, and other standards are baked fresh daily, as are some of Sweet Lee's more interesting savoury concoctions. A favourite is the savoury scone, which acts as a very good meal on the go. I tasted the bacon with cheese, marinated onions, jalapeno, and herbs scone, which was chock full savoury flavours. Slightly grilled like a panini, the savoury scone is almost like a dense pizza. Chewy (in a good way) with a good balance between sweet and savoury, I couldn't help but think of the savoury scone as a great hangover food.
Cookies are a huge seller at Sweet Lee's, and for good reason. The ingredients and variety of cookies tends to change by season, but Sweet Lee's does have a few staples: Dark Chocolate Chip with Orange, Cranberry White Chocolate Lemon, Blueberry White Chocolate-Lemon, an Espresso Cookie (Roasted Hazelnut this time around), and a shortbread of sorts (Raspberry Ginger Vanilla is pictured). Each cookie is a great mix between soft and crispy, with enough chewiness to make all of the flavours blend but still maintain a solid form. I have to say the Cranber ry White Chocolate Lemon was my personal favourite, a beautiful balance of sweet and sour.
For those looking to snack on some more sophisticated desserts, Sweet Lee's has more than a few fancy treats. The Dark Chocoalte Hazelnut Croissant is flaky, tender, and chock full of chocolate. Taking Toblerone to the next level is the Toblerone Dark Chocolate Fodant, perfectly smooth and rich. Fans of cheesecake won't be disappointed with Sweet Lee's Blueberry-Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake. Balanced by a slightly spiced and crispy crust, the cheesecake is sweet, smooth, and texturally harmonious. Dessert lovers have every option, from simple to complex, covered at Sweet Lee's.
Other than what I tasted, Sweet Lee's makes a ton of other delicacies. Muffins, soups, salads, and seasonal treats (like Autumn's Bacon-Maple Brioche!) are always offered, and can be found in many cafes throughout Montreal that Sweet Lee's supplies. In only a few short months you can find all of these baked goods, and more, in one convenient location, as Sweet Lee's will be opening their own cafe in Verdun, right across from the metro. Until then, make a trip down to Sweet Lee's for old fashioned, down to Earth baking, where they follow the motto 'food is life.'
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.