Chez François - Plaisirs de Provence is a French bakery in the Westboro area. While walking on the streets on Richmond where Westfest is held, we passed by Chez François for their croissant. I ate a lot of croissants in Montreal, at least once a week. We even have Croissant Day where there are 20 participating bakeries. Every year, my friends and I each pick up a croissant from a participating, then we sample each one of them and judge which is the best. If you are curious to know, Kouign Amann and Les Copains d'Abord are the best croissant in Montreal.
The croissant here is not the best I have eaten. I find it average. At least it is the best in Ottawa. The taste of butter is subtle, and it wasn't as flaky than the ones I'm used to.
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This place is not only a bakery that sells macaroons, cookies, truffles and chocolate. It is a boutique that sells homemade pies, soups, sauces, vinaigrettes as well as imported cheese, wine and pâtés. It also offers a selection of linens, candles, cookware and flatware. The concept of the whole boutique/bakery is a perfect replica of what you experience in France.
|Truffles, Chocolate and Gelée|
427 Richmond Rd.