Le Cartet is undoubtably popular, but is it good?
A large refrigerator case offers main dishes, soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, drinks, and even cheese plates and entire meat pies ready for takeout. I like to take out dessert to eat after dinner. The mousse au chocolat, made with 72% Valrhona chocolate, is a winner. My husband usually gets the rich tiramisu (and I usually sneak a taste of it). The boîte à lunch, which includes a sandwich, crudités, and fruit salad, is also a favorite. I like the freshness and variety it offers.
While the general quality of the food at Le Cartet is good, the flavors are not as imaginative as they could be. Also, the brunches are popular to the point where it's not always worth the wait.
Worth a visit
Still, Le Cartet is a solid choice. The space is well-designed and the convenience of being able to pick up something of quality so easily makes a trip to Le Cartet worth while. The servers and staff tend to be friendly, too. Give it a try.
Le Cartet Resto Boutique
106 McGill Street
Metro: Square Victoria
Dress: Casual or dress to impress.
Price: Allow $20 - $30 per person for brunch or lunch, including tax and tip. Takeout sandwiches are available for under $10.
Highlights: Variety of goods on offer, especially the chocolate bars. Yummy boîte à lunch and mousse au chocolat. Nice atmosphere. Convenience.