A decent selection of savory and sweet pretzels
When I think pretzels, I definitely don’t think of Montreal. There just aren’t enough of them to start trending. Before La Pretzelleria, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any – the ones at the movie theaters and the Bell Center don’t count. But with the recent addition of our very own pretzel shop, I wonder, do they have what it takes to launch pretzel mania?
Brought to us by a lovely Romanian couple, this humble bakery on the Plateau is dedicated to all things pretzel. A decent selection of savory and sweet pretzels, $2.00 apiece, are baked fresh every morning, and in small batches throughout the day. Come and get ‘em as early as 11:00am. The set up is a basic as they come: kitchen, counter, a few stools against the wall and a shelf topped with communal bottles of condiments to liven things up, French’s yellow mustard included.
On a recent trip, I picked up Salt, Sesame, Poppy Seeds, Multigrain, Cumin, Cinnamon and Nescafé Espresso. Unfortunately, Olive wasn’t available. Besides the minor embellishments, they all tasted the same, the dough plain and a little bland. Not surprisingly, Salt was my favorite because the speckling of course salt gave it the seasoning it needed. Also, it went straight from the oven into my hands, giving it a leaping lead over the rest with its golden brown crust, and soft, dense and steamy middle. But somehow, it still was missing the it factor, and that was after the addition of mustard. By the time I got around to the others, they turned hard and tough to chew. Wah Wah. I wasn’t impressed. They weren’t bad. They just weren’t what I hoped for.
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