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The Village Cheesemonger

Posted by Elizabeth / Posted on May 11, 2010

The Village CheesemongerThe Village Cheesemonger opened last month right smack in the heart of Liberty Village in the Liberty Market Building (unit 155). The neighbourhood's first dedicated cheese store melds modern features with rustic touches and two really nice guys who are seriously in love with cheese.

The Village CheesemongerAll the products in the store are painstakingly hand selected. The guys make numerous trips to Montreal and beyond aiming to bring back rare finds not found in some of the city's other cheese destinations. Everything in the store tells a story. The cheese has a history longer than some people's resumes and the artisan products are unique with the words "handmade" and "old fashioned" tossed around on every label. From mustard that is hand pressed, or jellies that have no preservatives or additives, I easily found something to go with the cheese I came in for.

The Village CheesemongerOn my inaugural visit I checked out baskets of hand painted Italian pasta ($12-$15) and the Chateau D'Estoublon Olive Oil, bottled in Chanel No. 5 bottles ($36). There was a whole pantry of fine foods, oils, vinegars, pasta, tapenades, and crackers from France, Spain and Italy.

The Village CheesemongerBut more about the cheese! The Village Cheesemonger currently stocks 130 different kinds of cheese with an entire case dedicated to Canadian Cheese. Not to be missed, they sell the 2009 #1 cheese in the world, Le Cendrillon.

The Village CheesemongerCo-owners David Nudds and Michael Bottomley told me they want to create a business where the standard is exceptionally high customer service. Like almost all cheese stores, customers are encouraged to try the products in the store and ask questions. This is not the place for cheese newbies to feel foolish. They want you to love it as much as they do and are happy to guide you. David is the logistics guy, and Michael is the cheese guy.

The Village CheesemongerLook for "cheese of the week" specials, sandwiches ("Ultimate Grilled Cheese" anyone?) on St. John's Bakery bread, and upcoming intimate cheese tastings. They can also put together a cheese board (starting at $25) or a made-to-order gift basket.

TheThe Village Cheesemonger is open Tuesday-Saturday 11-7, and Sunday 11-6.

Discussion

33 Comments

EMS / May 12, 2010 at 04:53 pm
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I went there the first week they opened, and left my new laptop in their store (I had put it down to browse) ....the owner (I think it was the owner) was kind enough to run down the street after me, to give it back. I only bought some olives that day, but the selection was great, and they were very friendly and knowledgeable. As for the cheese, I haven't tried it - YET. But I will definitely be back.
fiveteamer / May 12, 2010 at 08:18 pm
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Sweet. I have been looking for olive oil in perfume bottles.
Lawson / May 12, 2010 at 09:32 pm
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These guys are great guys, definitely learned from one of the great cheese shops in Olympic. I know they'll be successful and will look after whatever you need. Make sure you go check them out.
Linda / May 15, 2010 at 04:26 pm
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Just went there today and had a great experience. The guy who helped me was super knowledgeable about recommending items based on some of my favourite cheeses, and was happy to let me taste test to my heart's content.
Irene / May 29, 2010 at 01:17 pm
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My friend Johnathan bought me a mozzarella de buffalo with truffle and from the moment that it melted in my mouth I knew I was hooked. The cheeses are amazing! great gourmet selection, and now they have sandwich melts...superbly yummy!
I go back for one thing or another every week, people in Liberty...check it out!
Krysta / June 1, 2010 at 10:52 am
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What a great new addition to Liberty Village!
The two owners are great guys, and they really know their stuff. The cheese alone is worth a weekly shopping trip, plus they have great products for host gifts, for dinner parties etc. The wood cheese blocks for serving are such a cool find. Check out the store, it's amazing!
kenny / June 27, 2010 at 08:12 pm
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The prices at this shop are insane! More expensive than Pusateries...not to mention St Lawrence Market, Leslieville Cheese Market, Kensington or any of the other TO options.

Too bad. This place is super convenient for me, but I just can't justify $10 on a tiny sliver of blue.
thednz / June 29, 2010 at 02:11 pm
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My Wife and I who live in Liberty Village had our first village cheesemonger experience last Saturday and we were very impressed. The Owners of the store were very nice and extremely knowledgeable about their product, and also let us taste whatever we wanted! We are very happy that a store like this is finally in the area, we will be back very soon.
gerrard / June 29, 2010 at 02:16 pm
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This is truly a great addition to liberty village, they have a huge selection of cheese (over 130 I was told) and the man working there let me try almost every one. The overall experience was great; there are not very many cheese places that take the time and effort with a customer like they did with me. I will be back for more Truffle Brie soon!
frankie / August 22, 2010 at 08:28 am
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Pusaterie feel but St.lawrence pricing, LOVE THIS PLACE!
Sammy replying to a comment from kenny / September 26, 2010 at 03:04 pm
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this store is very impressive. the prices are comparable to st lawrence market.... way less than pusataries or mcewans without a doubt... but you also get a great overall experience while you are shopping because the guys that work there invest time talking to you about what you like. Best cheese store ive been to - totally worth the trip into liberty village every week for my cheese.
Eric / October 2, 2010 at 08:11 pm
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GREAT shop... Went there tonight (Saturday) to grab some wicked cheese for dinner, but they were closed! Unfortunately this post has the wrong store hours listed... They close at 6:00 on Saturdays (not sure about the other days)

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amber / October 19, 2010 at 03:07 pm
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Seems like I'll be the first to make a negative comment about these guys - I was very disappointed at their customer service skills. I bought a clothbound cheddar from PEI because I loved the sample they gave me - when I shared it for dinner later, the cheese was off (three "co-tasters" agreed). I even washed the knife and cutting board and tried another slice from away from the edge of the cheese and found still that the odd flavour permeated throughout so much so that I spat it out, not at all like the sample I tasted. When I went to talk to the owner about it, I was faced with a confrontational attitude telling me I was in the wrong. His unprofessionalism and utter lack of courtesy gave me a good reason to not go back.
peanut23 / October 25, 2010 at 06:35 pm
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What a find, This place is great. The owners were so nice to me and took the time to walk through a variety of cheeses to me even though there was a line. I also appreciated the samples! Thanks guys and see you soon for more roaring 40's!!
Angela / October 26, 2010 at 10:24 am
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I usually shop for my cheese at st lawrence market but have had some bad experiences in the recent past after purchasing cheese that had gone bad right after i bought it. I was really happy to discover The Village Cheesemonger because I can actually taste the difference in the freshness of their cheese. I hosted a dinner party and bought a selection of cheeses for my guests who all raved about the quality. In specific their buffalo mozzarella and their aged cheddars were big crowd pleasers. Will definitely be back for more!
Mitchell replying to a comment from kenny / January 1, 2011 at 02:06 pm
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Cheese is cut for each individual customer, this makes all the difference in the world.
- You can sample the cheese before you buy
- Cheese is absolutely fresh (for those that don't know all other cheese place take old pre-wrapped cheese and cut the bad looking stuff off then repackage and re date)
- Prices are excellent, they have lower prices on the exact same cheese compared to McEwan or Pusitaries.

Truly a great store with great service.
nice try replying to a comment from Mike / April 25, 2011 at 08:18 pm
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hmm 3:41, 3:42, 3:45? sounds like a hater to me. Specifically a jealous hater from the St.Lawrence Market. haha.
Webster / June 3, 2011 at 08:31 pm
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Thought I'd check out what they had to offer and ask some questions about cheese...after browsing around and asking a few questions I got the impression that the staff didn't seem to have the patience to teach me about the product..wasn't very welcoming.
austin / June 3, 2011 at 09:25 pm
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checked out the local cheesemonger for the first time last week and was very impressed with the overall experience, solid selection, will be back.
Deborah / June 4, 2011 at 02:20 pm
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Just came from there....limited selection, overpriced, rude staff.
TOFromagedude / June 8, 2011 at 03:43 pm
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EXCITING NEWS: Since the posting of this original editorial in May of 2010 lots has changed here at THE VILLAGE CHEESEMONGER. We are now open 7 days a week to better serve the public: mon-fri 11:30 - 7:30 sat-sun 10-6. We now also offer a large selection of charcuterie(duck prosciutto goes highly recommend by us) terrines, dips, olives, we bake BOULART ciabatta baguettes fresh daily, pickles, and yes we have added more wonderful cheeses to our selection...
follow us on facebook, or twitter @TOcheesemonger or TOFromagedude for new product updates, recommendations and online specials.
COME IN TODAY... HELP US SPREAD THE CURD...
TOFromagedude replying to a comment from Webster / June 8, 2011 at 04:18 pm
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i am the employee which gave you the impression of impatience. Im truly sorry that if i came across that way, as i do remember quiet correctly all questions i recieved were about the wood and craftmanship in the store ( as beautiful as it is im certainly not qualified to speak in any depth on it) I invite all customers to feel free to ask me any questions pertaining to cheese in many cases i have given customers my personal contact info where i have emailed and discussed detailed descriptions and advise for their tastings. Once again i do apologize for your experience and i you back to the store any time to talk cheese :)... all the best... the cheese guy.
Webster / June 28, 2011 at 06:13 am
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First impressions are everything, and I was not impressed so why would i go back? I'll shop somewhere else. Thank You.
Amanda P / July 10, 2011 at 06:50 pm
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My boyfriend and I have made the village cheesemonger a weekly saturday ritual. We love liberty village and love this beautiful specialty shop. Their cheese and meats are amazing and the staff are very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this store.
Courtney / July 16, 2011 at 08:02 pm
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I was there today and asked a lot of questions about cheese and wine pairings. The staff seemed incompetent when it came to wine, only vaguely describing that a certain cheese would go well with either a "white" or "red" wine. After trying a few cheeses they recommended (I tried around 10 and bought 5) I asked for 100 grams of each one. The person behind the counter sarcastically replied,"of course". I think he expected that I couldn't hear him as he said it under his breath, needless to say I was not impressed. Regardless, I bought the cheese, but I didn't feel comfortable about it. I would have gone somewhere else but I didn't have time to venture off into another neighbourhood for cheese, This place needs a lesson in customer cervice.
Sam replying to a comment from Courtney / July 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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I have been purchasing cheese and collecting wine in the city for some years now and have just discovered the village cheesemonger. I must say after reading your comment i advise you to please take a closer look at what you have posted. I know myself being a wine enthusiast it is often difficult to find sound advice on pairings but i know when i frequent here they are never shy on letting me sample the cheese. To say you have sampled 10 cheeses and are making a complaint i think you should not be so judgmental. I know they are two light hearted happy guys so next time i go in im going to ask for the 10 samples as well. You need to be fair and understand that these are cheese mongers not sommeliers they can guide you but for an ultimate experience i personally recommend from experience try doing some ground work before assembling your pairings, makes for a more educational and enjoyable experience.
melissa / July 17, 2011 at 02:56 pm
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love love love this place!!! i went yesterday and had a belly busting experience not only did they have a live accordian player outside but they had tonnes of yummy cheese samples as well as an awesome cheese burger sliders that they were giving away, liberty village is a better place with the cheese boys in it.
Kristen / July 17, 2011 at 05:01 pm
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Great job on your event yesterday boys! My daughter loved dancing to the accordion player and i was stuffed with samples before I even got home to eat the rest of what i bought! You should do these events more often.
Estevan / October 5, 2011 at 09:55 am
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Found this place after dinner at the Brazen Head last summer. I now travel in from Whitby on occasion solely to visit the store and pickup some of my favourites. I am surprised at the snarky comments here about poor customer service as every time I've gone in they have been nothing short of the most friendly shop tenders anywhere I've been. That's half the reason I travel the distance. They deserve my business.
Ellen / March 13, 2012 at 04:51 pm
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Cheesemonger has been sponsoring our condo events at 50 Battert Park. Their cheese is the best of all and we enjoy them very, very much.

Thank you again,

Ellen & Luch Shoust
Ellen replying to a comment from Ellen / March 13, 2012 at 08:41 pm
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Cheesemonger has the best organic Cheese. We like them all.

Thank you again,

Lucy Shoust

Tracy / April 18, 2012 at 09:40 am
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Love this store. Not only do they have amazing cheeses, but the terrines are fantastic! They also stock local, pickled veg and a ton of other treasures. By far my favorite place in the neighbourhood.
Stephka replying to a comment from Courtney / July 11, 2012 at 04:00 pm
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Hey Im actually a WSET Level 3 wine lover and choosing wine & cheese is the hardest thing to do. I mean a different vintage from the same producer will make a DRASTIC change on the cheese. Unless you have the bottle in front of you it's very very hard to generalize. I do this for a living and theres always twists and turns. You think a Brie De Meaux for example is a typical Chardonnay pairing. OMG not always. Some Chardonnays make the pairing beautiful some make the brie taste rancid. And thats just one variety from one region we did a tasting with.

So just be light when pairing with cheese. It's hard.

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