Le Passé Composé: One of the best brunch spots in Montreal!

**DOUBLE UPDATE – July 21st 2019**

Restaurant: Le Passé Composé
Restaurant type: brunch
Prices: $10-$30 brunch dishes
Date: Monday May 27th 2019 & Sunday July 7th 2019
Table of: 2 & 5

Funny how it took me like 2 years to come back to Le Passé Composé between my first and second visit, and now I’ve been twice since my second visit lol. My first visit back this year was in May with my friend Olivia, who wanted a delicious Montreal brunch experience before flying back to the UK. Of course, that meant I had to take her to Le Passé Composé. We had a great experience, delicious food and she left happy and full 🙂

Olivia got the oeufs pochés Gaspor, I got the oeuf poché au foie gras (with an extra potatoes) and then we shared the beignets aux pommes. We both absolutely loved our dishes and I can proudly say I’ve found my favorite Passé Composé dish! If you like foie gras, you’ll adore this dish. We also got the apple donuts for dessert and they were the perfect way to end our meal.

I also went back to Le Passé Composé a few weeks back with some of my bottomless brunch friends (aka my McGill management friends). Having just returned from France, I had slightly overdosed on foie gras, so I didn’t get the foie gras poached eggs, even though I really like them. Intead, I opted for a dish that I knew already and got les oeufs pochés champêtre. The dish was super good but it was slightly different from the previous time lol; there was a lot more sauce and less pulled pork, which was totally fine with me (I did find that the dish had been lacking a bit in sauce the previous time). 3/5 of us got the same dish (0 points for originality lol), David got the omelette of the day which he liked but wasn’t able to finish (I gotta admit its a huge portion) and Lucie got another one of the dishes of the day, which she found ok; she found the magret de canard under cooked. For me, again, another excellent experience at Le Passé Composé; can’t wait to come back for my foie gras poached eggs!!

So, here is my review of Le Passé Composé:
Food: 10/10 
Price: $$ 
Would I go back?: Always, its one of my favorite brunch spots in the city!

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Oeufs Pochés Gaspor (2019)
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Oeufs Pochés Gaspor (2019)
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Oeuf Poché au Foie Gras (2019)
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Oeuf Poché au Foie Gras (2019)
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Beignets aux Pommes (2019)
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Beignets aux Pommes (2019)
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Oeufs Pochés Champêtre (2019)
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Oeufs Pochés Champêtre (2019)
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Omelette du jour (2019)
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Latte (2019)

Restaurant: Le Passé Composé
Restaurant type: brunch
Prices: $10-$25 brunch dishes
Date: Thursday December 27th 2018
Table of: 3

Finally! After almost a two year wait, I finally made it back to Le Passé Composé for brunch!!! We chose to go during the holidays on a Thursday morning for around 9:15 and it was the perfect time; no line up and many tables available.

We ended up staying for close to 2 hours, which is really good for a popular brunch spot, so definitely arriving early was key. I ordered the oeuf poché champêtre (just 1 egg poached egg) over a brioche bun, with wild mushrooms, pulled pork and a porcini and green onions sauce, which was delicious. I love the combination of mushrooms and eggs so this dish really hit the spot for me. My friends ordered the duck confit poached egg and the Spanish omelette, which they both enjoyed and found very good.

I do have to say though, I definitely had much better memories of Le Passé Composé, which were left a tad unfulfilled. With that said, it is still an excellent brunch place – one of the best in the city in my opinion – you just need to arrive early (unless you enjoy waiting in lines).

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Le Passé Composé (2018)
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Oeuf poché champêtre (2019)
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Oeuf poché champêtre (2019)
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Oeuf poché champêtre (2019)
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Spanish omelette (2019)
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Duckc confit poached egg (2019)

Restaurant: Le Passé Composé
Date: February 19th, 2017
Party of: 5 (hardcore 5th wheeling)

Alright, as much as I love writing about my past travel and foodie experiences abroad and developing recipes, I’ve decided to take a bit of a different route for now and to focus on some restaurant reviews of the places I’ve eaten at over the last few months in Montreal. As my BFF Liz would say, wouldn’t it be nice if we got to the point where I,(accompanied by Liz) walk into a restaurant and they greet us with: “Come this way miss BG, we got a special table for you”. Anyways, here we go with a first of many Montreal restaurants reviews, starting with: Le Passé Composé.

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(From top right, clockwise) Croque madame, eggs benedict with asparagus, waffles with caramelized maple apples and fresh fruits, eggs benedict with duck confit and more eggs benedict (2017)

Although I ate at Le Passé Composé a couple months back, I actually wrote a review of my experience for Eat-In Montréal not too long after going, so, the content is relevant and on point.

So, A couple months back, I had brunch with some friends at Le Passé Composé. Although the wait time was very long (roughly 1h30) it was a beautiful sunny day, so it gave us the opportunity to properly catch up, while taking in some much needed sunlight (and they handed out some free coffee!). Although the place was jam packed, neither the flow nor the service were impacted. The waitresses were very attentive and friendly and we got our orders within a normal amount of time (drinks and food).

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Fresh orange and grapefruit juices mimosa (2017)

Ok, but enough with that, what you really want to know is how the food was; well, it was delicious. I’m not much of a sweets kinda gal, but the waffles with fresh fruits, caramelized maple apples and caramel sauce were amazing. My friends all chose savoury dishes (eggs benedict with duck confit, croque madame and more eggs benedict) and they all loved them too. Our freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit mimosas were also delicious, along with their beautiful lattes.

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Delicious café latte and artwork (2017)

Overall, it was a great brunch experience, even though we had to wait for some time. This can obviously be avoided by arriving early, but we got there at around 11h30 and the place was full (as are all Montreal brunch spots by this time). I look forward to coming back in the summer, when their terrace is open!

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My plate: waffles with fresh fruits, caramelized maple apples and caramel sauce (2017)

I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I started using last year on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back? I could have included many more points (ambiance, service, etc.) but I wanted to keep things simple and easy. For me, the quality of the food, the price and the question “would I go back?” are the most important points for me.

So, here is my review of Le Passé Composé:

Food: 10/10
Price: $$
Would I go back?: Definitely, but I would make sure to get my bum out of bed early so I can get there when it opens!

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Delicious café latte and artwork (2017)
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(From top right, clockwise) Croque madame, eggs benedit with asparagus, waffles with caramelized mapple apples and fresh fruits, eggs benedict with duck confit and more eggs benedict (2017)
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My plate: waffles with fresh fruits, caramelized maple apples and caramel sauce (2017)

*All photos and opinions are mine

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