The Original Fairmount Bagel Bakery
74 Avenue Fairmount Ouest
Montreal’s first bagel bakery, continues the tradition with a time-tested recipe of hand-rolling, and baking in a wood burning oven. This is another perfect example of a single store, making one thing, really, really well.
I enjoy bagels, but growing up in Western Canada, my exposure to this carbohydrate packed treat has been limited to those available in grocery stores or the local donut shop. When we arrived at this bagel factory, I’ll admit that we were overwhelmed with over 20 varieties to choose from. So, we asked if the purveyor would choose a dozen of his favorites, plus a couple of the ones which just came out of the fire.
Blueberry, carried a nice sweetness and for reasons out of our comprehension, was much more plump and lighter than the others.
Mueslix (whole wheat flour, honey, triticale flakes, oat flakes, millet, sesame seeds and raisins.) This tasted a little too ‘healthy’ for my liking ;-)
Chocolate Chip, had a secondary flavour of an orange. Reminded me of that Christmas chocolate you open by smacking it on a table.
All dressed ( onion, garlic, caraway, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and coarse salt). I’m sure the charred side of the bagel is not ideal, but it didn’t seem to bother me very much – as this was my favorite of the bunch! As this was still warm, it added another dimension to making this a standout.
I apologize for only photographing the four bagels above, as by the time I had setup a place to photograph these, the tempation to start sampling took precidence.
Seems as though “I love food”, was also in town around the same time – and snapped a great pic of the sesame bagel.
Take-aways from this experience: the wood fired oven imparts an enjoyable outer crust, while the interior remains dense and chewy. This is a Montreal classic, which I would love to have more time to become familiar with…