I will be the first to admit I have a sweet tooth, however, not all sweets are created equal, and Pâtisserie Rhubarbe on Laurier Street in the Plateau in Montreal is excellent proof. Rhubarbe excels at making unique pastries which set themselves apart from the rest, besides being true works of art. The high quality of the ingredients is on display in the interesting combinations available. Be it a mousse or cake in a pot, an artistically decorated pastry made to delight the eyes as much as the taste buds, an éclair or macaron, the options are varied and unlike what you will find anywhere else. The menu always reflects the seasons, with the fruits being showcased at their peak.
Though I have sampled a range of pastries from Rhubarbe, my favorite would have to be a grapefruit pistachio cake I savored on my first visit. The light airiness of the cream on top, paired with the chewier pistachio cookie base was a testament to the importance of quality ingredients and precision in pastry. Besides the delicious flavors, it was probably the most beautiful pastry I have ever devoured.
At Pâtisserie Rhubarbe, they also sell homemade jams, marmalades and tea cookies to bring home. Equally interesting is the Comptoir Rhubarbe, the pastry shop’s original location just a block away. It is now a counter for ready-made food, where you can also enjoy teatime, lunch on weekdays and brunch on the weekend. Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.