Elda: cosy brunch spot in the Mile End

Going for brunch in Montreal is like a ritual. Every weekend, you’ll find thousands of people brunching in restaurants all over the city, whether it be more “traditional” brunches, dim sum, or any other kind of brunch you can think of, Montreal’s got it. Lining up is part of the experience and so are bottomless brunches (if you haven’t tried that one out yet, you’re missing out). So, it was only natural that my friend would choose to go for brunch, for her birthday, which is what brings me to review Elda. test

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From top then clockwise: full breakfast, brioche dorée and omelette (2017)

Restaurant: Elda
Date: le 2 avril 2017
Table for: 20? We were a big group.

A few weeks back, I went to Elda for my friend Jo’s birthday brunch. As much as I love brunches, it’s not the same experience when you’re a group of 20 people (some that you know, some that you’re happy to see, others that you have no clue who they are and those you’re just not interested in socializing with #sorrynotsorry). Since we were a very large group, definitely kudos to the waitresses who took care of our table; the service was good for such a large group.

The menu seemed interesting, although not what I would typically want in a brunch menu (where are the eggs benedict?). I ended up opting for a latte and the vegetable omelette with chorizo, which was served with a garden salad and roasted potatoes. Alex came too and got the brioche dorée with poached pears and maple caramel (served with ice cream!). I ended up eating a bit of both dishes and thought they were good, but nothing special. The omelette was very average and so were the potatoes. I did enjoy the brioche more, but it was a very sweet plate for a brunch dish, it may have been more fitting as a dessert. The coffee was good though, so no complaints there.

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Brioche dorée with poached pears and maple caramel (2017)

Overall, it was an average experience, both in terms of the food and the actual outting. It allowed me to catch up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a bit which was very nice, but I wasn’t able to catch up with the birthday girl, which was the only reason why I showed up anyway.

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 5), 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 Elda:

Food: 3.5/5
Price: $$
Would I go back?: If I were to go back, I think I would go for a 5à7, but I wouldn’t go back for brunch.

UP NEXT: my cheesy mushroom risotto recipe!

*All photos are mine

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From top then clockwise: full breakfast, brioche dorée and omelette (2017)

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