Patisserie Rhubarbe – Plateau Mont-Royal

On this lazy Wednesday, my friend and I decided to meet up to kick our sugar craving to the curb. She found a place called Patisserie Rhubarbe, and they had squash macaron! We were sold instantly. So we met up this afternoon and had a try.

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We ordered a drink each (I had a latte and she had a chai tea). We shared several things, as we wanted a taste of everything. The patisserie is comprised of 3 two-seater tables and one larger table. A portion of the kitchen is also visible from the front of the store. The display case was clean and simple, and was not cluttered.

They actually had a fairly large selection for such a boutique patisserie in my opinion. But onto the food!

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We ordered the zucchini mouelleux, which T. explained it to be similar to a lava cake. We figured that the zucchini one wouldn’t have liquid zucchini gushing out, so we took it as just a cake with zucchini bits. And that it was! It had a passion fruit icing on the top (not too much) and tiny zucchini bits on the inside of the cake. It had a rough texture, not too soft and not too wet. Definitely a great combo with everything else we were eating. It was also not too sweet which is also another bonus, but with the zucchini we didn’t expect it to be too sweet.

We also had two squash white chocolate macaron (one each). The macaron was done quite well, crumbled to my liking as I bit into it (but not too crumbly), and the filling was of an icing consistency (as opposed to ganache or buttercream). Disappointingly, there was very little squash taste. We kind of imagined it to taste like butternut squash but it just tasted sweet. I wasn’t too big of a fan of this, but it was interesting with the poppyseed sprinkled on the top.

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Lastly we ordered the gateau fromage as it looked absolutely beautiful in the display. This was actually our favourite of the three. The top was a soft cheese, more like a cream cheese. The bottom was of a harder consistency, closer to what you would normally expect when you think of “cheesecake”. The usual graham cracker base was replaced by this hard caramel yet with a slight crumble mixture. It was very interesting and absolutely delicious. Furthermore, it was garnished with slices of plum and sliced pistachios. I highly recommend this even if you don’t like cheesecake (like myself). I found that it had just the right amount of cheese-flavoured richness, without over doing it. The interesting base was definitely what gave it the interesting kick. The different textures were also amazing together.

Some other things to note are their extremely dainty and pretty plates! I thought it added a very nice touch to it (obviously catering to the female sex). They also sell tartinades and other jams and sauces. We were very interested in the pistachio one but didn’t purchase it in the end.

They also do birthday cakes if anyone’s interested. I think it would taste very good. It should be noted that they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. They also serve afternoon tea on Fridays 🙂

Service: 4/5
Food: 8.8/10
Atmosphere: cozy, simple, cute
Price: $5-15 (really depends on what you’re going for)

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~ kehwon

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