Olive & Gourmando – The Best Panini In Montreal

I took Sally for lunch at Olive + Gourmando in Old Montreal. The place was recommended to me by Geeks Are Sexy (we really are!), a Montreal based technology blog. We actually tried to go there on Monday, but they were closed for Labour Day.

Olive + Gourmando started out as a bakery by Dyan Solomon and Éric Girard at a time when Old Montréal was renowned for its many ‘space for rent” signs and endless tourist traps. A few years later, they added chairs and turned the place into a full-blown restaurant serving some of the best cold sandwiches and hot panini in Montreal.

We got there shortly after 12 noon and the place was packed, with a line up out the door. I was told it was like this all the time. The menu is written on three blackboards along the wall. I had a little trouble reading it because it was all written in French. You would think O+G must know that they do get English only customers, but I guess they don’t care.

The menu at Olive & Gourmando is very simple. They have three cold sandwiches, and three hot panini sandwhiches, plus one soup of the day. The most extensive items are their baked goodies but most people order those as take out.

I went with the Gustavo panini, which was made with garlic grain-fed chicken, grilled red onions, balsamic marinated protobello mushroom, havarti cheese, and maple dijonnaise sauce. The ingredients were put between house-made bread and then a hot panini press fired it up to a nice golden brown. The final result was the best panini I’ve ever had. The thing was awesome! I can see why the place is so popular. Olive & Gourmando prepared a simple toast with cheese for Sally. She really enjoyed it.

If you wish to try Olive & Gourmando, then try to get there before noon to avoid the line up. Those who hate line ups can order take out, but you’ll still have to line up to order.

Olive + Gourmando

Olive + Gourmando

Olive + Gourmando

Olive + Gourmando

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33 thoughts on “Olive & Gourmando – The Best Panini In Montreal”

  1. Whitney says:

    John, this restaurant looks RIDICULOUSLY good man! The gustavo sounds like it’s simply unbeatable. Why do I not live where you live? Blast it! LOl…seriously though man, you’re lucky. Never heard of such a simple menu like that either..sounds like it must be high quality stuff!

    1. Hey Whitney

      I am sure in your locality and in your city you will be able to find these kind of happening restaurents and hang out place.

      1. Whitney says:

        Perhaps you’re right! I guess I’m just not lookin hard enough lol!

  2. I got hungrier and hungrier each day reading your blog.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      That’s for sure. John always has delicious looking food on his blog. Always makes me hungry. 🙂

    2. Gift Ideas says:

      I always like and use several dishes like olive cookies etc

  3. dg says:

    How does it compare to Vancouver’s best panini, La Grotta Del Formaggio?

    1. John Chow says:

      I will let you know after I try La Grotta Del Formaggio. 🙂

      1. Whitney says:

        You guys are so lucky. There aren’t many places to get a good panini where I live! However, I just learned how to make a pretty mean one at home, so it’s all good!

  4. “If you wish to try Olive & Gourmando, then try to get there before noon to avoid the line up.”

    Told ya! 😉

    1. OH. Have you tired their Brownies? They make the absolute best brownies in the world too 😉

      1. John Chow says:

        No I never tried the brownies. You never told me about it!

  5. fazal mayar says:

    nice to see you in montreal john, if you stay here a bit more days we could meet up, i live in montreal.

    old montreal is really a nice looking place, it is old european fashioned .

  6. Adam Stabile says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Montreal, even if the natives are a more French than I am used to being from the States!

  7. fas says:

    John ur life is full of eating man, how do u keep your weight in control?

    1. allan stuart says:

      maybe John has his own weight instructor… 🙂 he is the Ultimate Fighting Championship contestant isn’t he.. he surely have ways to do that.

      do care to share your tips John ?

    2. Free Forms says:

      Agreed Fas John loves with foods indeed.

  8. ChadB says:

    Wow! the food looks great. Now I’m hungry.

  9. Free Forms says:

    Mouth watering to see the juice glass…!!!!

  10. Buy a Blog says:

    Great and may be delicious too.

  11. Hi John,
    Greek food tastes always good, their cuisine is known for its feta cheese, oil, fish, Moussaka, Gyros, Tzatziki and vegetables. Now I’m hungry.

  12. Erwin Miradi says:

    Wow that food looks amazingly delicious. You always know how to shoot them from the right angle.

  13. Buy a Blog says:

    Great and delicious again.

  14. GamesDunia says:

    Hum! Very Delicious Food I think, Enjoy your meal.
    Thank you

  15. Cheese are the best part of panini for me.

    1. fazal mayar says:

      yep, cheese is really the best for panini

  16. Gift Ideas says:

    Olive oil is very batter to use for old peoples.

  17. Buy a Blog says:

    Olive is always great for old and baby too.

  18. GamesDunia says:

    Great and Delicious, i think test good too.

  19. GamesDunia says:

    Also I like the drink with lemon.

  20. Looks great man. If I had a chance I would try it for sure

  21. The dish looks bread toast love to taste it

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