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Grilled Cheese Heaven

I was born with the innate ability to detect cheese within a radius of 10km, so when I heard about a local restaurant specializing in Grilled Cheese creations, I knew we had to go!

The place is Fromaĝo, and they’ve been open for just under a year. I quickly rounded up Nicky, Jepeto and Sue, and we took a drive down to Fromago’s cozy snack bar.

We were all pretty hungry, with Nicky on the verge of passing out, so we ordered a Tapas style entrée of amuse bouches, which translates almost literally as “mouth entertainment”.  While we decided on which grilled cheese sandwiches to order, we finished off the dish of  lamb meatballs, hummus and pitas, along with fresh mushrooms wrapped in thin zucchini slices. The star of the plate was definitely the tender meatballs which were the perfect comfort food for an October night. Next to grilled cheese that is!

We decided to order 4 different sandwiches, and our host Vincent was more than accommodating in having each sandwich cut into quarters so that we could sample each one.

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Bite sized goodness!

First up was the Porko, a whole wheat sandwich with roast pork, grilled veggies topped with Douanier. Douanier is a soft cheese, which complimented the roast pork perfectly. It’s mild too, so you can still savor the pork, without the cheese stealing the show entirely.

Now if you’ve never had a grilled cheese sandwich made with goat cheese, you’ll have to try making one yourself, or go to Fromago and try the Kapro. Goat cheese, grilled vegetables and tomato concasse were meant to be together. It may not sound like much in words, but trust me on this one: It was awesome.

My personal favorite was the Kokajo. Fin Renard, a cheese that I wasn’t very familiar with before our visit to Fromago, is so good, so flavorful, and so perfect when coupled with bacon. It was melt-a-licious, but also bacon-a-licious. Smoky and nutty without an overpowering aftertaste. Pure cheesy bacony goodness.

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Apple Pie Sandwich?

We all saved the blue cheese/roast beef/onion confit sandwich for last, figuring it would be the most flavorful. We weren’t disappointed, but we were full. However, not too full for dessert, so we shared one more grilled cheese: baked apples and melted Brie lightly topped with icing sugar. Heavenly.

And because we just couldn’t resist, me and Sue shared a Quebec delicacy: Pouding Chomeur, literally “unemployed pudding”. Imagine you’ve hit hard times, and all you have to eat is brown sugar, maple syrup and some bread. Mix it together, and you’ve got one tasty sweet dessert. Check out the Wikipedia entry for more info.

My pics may not do these culinary delights justice, so head on over to Fromago’s Facebook page and see for yourself.

Fromaĝo
3341 Wellington
Montreal, QC, H4G 1T2

514-564-6609

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  • Oh, man, now you’ve made me hungry! I really gotta try some of these and I might finally break down and try blue cheese (yep, that’s one cheese I have a hard time looking at, never mind eating it). And that apple/cheese melt sounds yummy!

  • Do they deliver to Los Angeles?

  • Man that looks good. We need one of those Fromagos down here.

    I make a mean grilled cheese, and my kids love them but those look awesome.

  • Oh my god, why wasn’t I born with the innate ability to detect cheese within a radius of 10km?? That would be so neat – I could run in the other direction and never have to lay eyes on the cheese.

  • Ziva, I know how you feel about melted cheese, but trust me, all of these sandwiches have melted cheese in them.

  • Jen! I’ve always been a grilled cheese purist, i.e., white bread and Kraft singles, but Fromagos GC were great. They also offer a “classic” GC on the menu which will be tried next time around.

  • Yep, Blue Cheese can be tough to look at for the faint of stomach, but it’s very pleasing between two slices of bread!

  • Welcome Katie! Sadly they do not, but it would be cool if they did. I think it’s the kind of place that would do very well in L.A.

  • I would love a place like that! Actually, grilled cheese is one of my favorite things to make too. I like Monterey Jack with grilled zucchini, but it’s also good with jalapenos and ham. I put sauteed spinach and mushrooms on a sharp cheddar too. Yum! Now I have to go eat right now! Thanks Mike!

  • Jepeto

    It was indeed grilled cheese heaven. And the hockey game was on a big screen at the same time! I came. Nicky fainted. Sue was shaking from the pudding’s massive sugar intake. Mike was drooling.

  • I am literally *drooling* right now.

  • Mikewj

    Hey, what the fuck happened to my comment, which I left several days ago? Now I’m pissed. Really pissed, because my wife, Kerry, suggested two or three years ago that we open a grilled cheese sandwich restaurant. Now, as usual, I see I’m too late to get rich. Oh well, I’m there next time I visit Montreal. Sounds fabulous, at least the way you described it.

  • KZ

    I just ate a full meal before reading this post, and I am already hungry again. Mike, you really seem to be in your element when you write about cheese. If I ever find myself in Montreal again, I’ll have to look this place up.

  • You should be. It is totally to drool for!

  • 🙂

  • I have no idea what happened to your comment, but I will tell you this: those responsible will pay!

    If it makes you feel any better, I also missed a bunch of opportunities because I wasn’t business-quick enough. I even had the idea for call-display, but I was 10 at the time and those big corporate fools wouldn’t listen to me.

  • Yep, it’s a definite treat. What is it about cheese anyway? I can just keep snacking on the stuff endlessly.

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