Mount Royal serves a selection of freshly baked Montreal-style bagels along with granola from Edelweiss Granola Co., in house made cream cheese and coffee.
I love Montreal-style bagels. After reading a few reviews, I thought I'd make the drive from where I live in Coquitlam to North Van to check out Mount Royal Bagel Factory. When I got there, it was late in the day so they had nothing but pre-packaged bagels available, which were expensive as they were only available in 1/2 dozens.
Firstly, these bagels are too moist and sticky. I know Montreal bagels are boiled in honeyed water, but these were actually difficult to handle. It's impossible to toast these bagels enough to drop the stickiness to tolerably dry levels for enjoying with your schmear of choice. These bagles feel like an unholy marriage of New York bread-style bagels and their boiled Montreal counterpart. Not really good.
Secondly, I love poppyseed bagels and the poppyseeds on these bagels look like they're tossed on as an afterthought. They're supposed to be a major component of the flavour but they covered less than 1/4 of the bagels' surfaces. The sesame ones were more evenly covered.
Finally, I very much doubt that these bagels were cooked in a wood oven. If they have a wood oven in the North Van shop, there is no wood smoke smell and the bagels seem way too minimally and evenly browned for a wood oven to be involved.
Stick to Solly's or Siegel's if you're craving a Montreal style bagel fix. Stay away from these sticky, doughy messes, you will thank yourself for it.
PS. Mount Royal doesn't stock smoked meat, isn't any sort of a deli-style location and has really poorly blended cream cheeses (I felt like the extra 10$ I spent trying two of their creamcheeses was a complete waste, they were so garlicky that I threw them in the garbage.)
So fresh, so yummy right out of the bag. Love all the different kinds. My kids eat 3 /day because they are so good, such a healthy snack. I live in Whistler and am so thankful they get delivered here. My husband and I also love the delicious granola they make.
Great local hand made artisan bagels, boiled and baked fresh daily. I found it to be good value and good choice of flavours. They also sell an organic oat granola called Edelweiss Granola, which is the best I have ever tasted. They bring in cream cheese from Montreal and mix their own fresh ingredients, it is the best. My personal favourite is Honey vanilla cream cheese on a warm fresh blueberry cinnamon bagel (only on saturdays)
Tried these bagels for the first time after having seen them in a supermarket in West Van (expensive, but wonderful place... the name slips my mind).
Mount Royal is a familiar name to Montrealers, so I thought I would look these folks up.
These bagels are round and kind of LOOK like the real thing... but flat bottoms suggest conventional-oven baking rather than the wood-burning baked, hand-rolled versions that make the Mtl bagel what it is.
So how come if the oven is different (which should change the taste, right?), they taste right? I have some poppy seed bagels in front of me and just chomped into one. Excellent. The texture is a bit different, but nothing to make me care.
Price:? They are just as expensive as Siegel's making them expensive. However bagels seem to cost that much in BC no matter where you go.
I LOVE BAGELS is gone from North Van and they were an 8 out of 10 (even when the original owners ran the place). Mount Royal is a 9.5 at least as far as the poppy seeded version goes (i haven't tried the sesame yet. As Montrealers know, flavoured bagels don't count!)
Would I go back?
Absolutely! Without a doubt!! Nice people. Clean place. Parking is easy (street).
Hours: They are only open til 6 pm... but they aren't in a heavy commercial area either.