If a summer afternoon spent hanging out in Montreal’s Jeanne Mance park wasn’t delightful enough, try stopping in at nearby Café Soufflé de Marie & Anne to up the sweet factor of your day.
Nestled on the corner of St-Urbain and – you guessed it- Marie Anne, this new café, just four months old, is, at least for now, the Plateau’s latest hidden gem for delicious, home made pastries and quick, quality lunch nosh.
Started by local ladies Marie-Josée Katcho and Brigitte Anne Locicero, Café Souffle de Marie & Anne specializes in traditional Western pastries – muffins, tarts, cookies and the like – made with a spicy Middle Eastern twist. Among today’s freshly-baked offerings: pear and saffron muffins, lemon pistachio and rose water tarts, homemade toffee with masala chocolate (a daily staple), and a deliciously dense and sticky rendition of an old classic, the Queen Elizabeth. Prices for these gâteries - true labours of love made on site – are as quaint as the café itself with cookies at $1.00 and tarts at $3.50, taxes in.Reflecting the culinary backgrounds of its owners (Marie Josée is Syrian- Lebanese and Brigitte Italian), the café also serves a host of fresh salads (eg. Israeli couscous, tomato pesto and arugula), grilled paninis (it doesn’t take much to sell me on merguez and this simple sandwich was no exception), and – the item which seems to be their growing claim to neighbourhood fame – handmade ice cream (flavours include chocolate brownie, chai and praline).