Turquoise Blog’s MTL Bottomless Brunch Crawl 2020

**UPDATED February 19th 2020**

Alright guys, this one’s been a long time coming. Ever since my Bronfman friends and I (plus Liz) graduated in 2014, brunching has pretty much been the only way we BBBs (bottomless brunch biddies) stay in touch. Sometimes we go for bottomless brunches (that’s like a 5 hours ordeal and a complete write off of our days) but usually we go for “normal brunch” (as some of the BBBs gotta work on weekends #thatcorporatelife). At one of these said brunches, Frank suggested that I write about the brunch places we’ve eaten at over the years (thanks Franky), so… here we go with the MTL brunch crawls 🙂

*Each brunch place will include my restaurant review criteria based on: food (out of /5), price ($ to $$$$$) and would I go back?

Turquoise Blog’s MTL Bottomless Brunch Crawl 2020:

1. Machiavelli (Pointe-Saint-Charles)

Machiavelli (2019)
Machiavelli (2019)

As we get older and older, we go to less and less bottomless brunches. In fact, we did not go to a single true bottomless brunch place in 2019 😦 I did however with some foodie friends go to Machiavelli’s for brunch, which is basically a bottomless brunch – but better – in my opinion. Its better, because Machiavelli is a bring your own wine (BYOW) restaurant, so you can bring whatever quality bubbles you like and just pay for some orange juice to mix in (or not) and your yummy meal (none of that garbage Hungaria BS). Machiavelli offers some very unique brunch dishes and a lot of fusion. They also take reservations, which is good for larger groups and you can stay as long as you like! For more information on Machiavelli’s brunches, click here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Definitely. 

2. Abbiocco (Plateau)

Abbiocco (2019)

Abbiocco is a brand new Italian restaurant in the Plateau, serving bottomless mimosa brunches on Sundays! For just $40, you get bottomless mimosas ALL DAY (no garbage hourly limit like other restaurants) AND the meal of your choice! Now that my friends is a great deal!! They have a decent brunch menu with more than 6 savoury and 6 sweet dishes to choose from. I haven’t actually had brunch at Abbiocco, buuut I have been for dinner and it was quite tasty. Plus, you can never go wrong with bottomless mimosas!!! Food: n/a, Price: $$$, Would I go back?: n/a – but I’d love to try it out!

3. Bistro Pavillon (Village) – Permanently closed

Updated February 19th 2020: Bistro Pavillon is now permanently closed

4. Le Sinclair (Old Montreal)

Le Sinclair (2018)
Le Sinclair (2018)
Le Sinclair (2018)

Sadly, we only made it to one bottomless brunch place in 2018 (Frank and Mia moved to Chicago so that made it difficult to brunch often lol). We ended up at Le Sinclair, after I had eaten there a couple of times and had two lovely experiences. Overall, their bottomless brunch was not great. The food was good, the mimosas were great, but the place lacked in ambiance and liveliness and the service was bad. Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$$$, Would I go back?: Not for brunch. This was the poorest bottomless brunch experience I’ve had in Montreal. To read more about it, click here. Otherwise, keep reading for some better options!

5. Suwu (Plateau)

Suwu (2015)
Suwu (2015)
Suwu (2014)

Suwu is the first bottomless brunch places we tried out and proceeded to come back 1 or 2 times over the years. Suwu’s bottomless brunch is at $35, plus tax, tip and food. Honestly, the food isn’t great at Suwu, in terms of brunch. Both times I came here, the food was average and definitely nothing memorable. Its one of those places where you choose to come for the bottomless option and nothing more. In terms of bottomless service, its quite good. They give you your own bottle of sparkling wine, along with a pitcher of orange juice, so you can dose your own mimosas. Food: 2.5/5 (average), Price: $$$$, Would I go back?: Probably not, there are other bottomless places with better food. 

6. Atelier d’Argentine (Old Port & Downtown locations have permanently closed – This restaurant no longer exists)

**Updated 13/08/2019: Atelier d’Argentine also closed their downtown location, this restarant no longer exists in Montreal**

7. Rosewood (Old Port)

Steak and eggs, lemon ricotta pancakes, fried chicken and eggs Benedict (2018)
Ricotta pancakes (2018)

Tried Rosewood in January 2016 for my 24th birthday and had a great time overall, except for when I was sick (ahem)… But other than that, I ordered the breakfast poutine which was yummy and of course, I opted for the bottomless brunch option. I believe at the time bottomless was only $20, but it is now $25. As well, take note that Rosewood is now open on both Saturdays AND Sundays for brunch, yay! *Update* I had the pleasure of returning to Rosewood this year as their foodie guest and got to try a bunch of their delicious dishes: eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, ricotta pancakes and fried chicken! For more info, check it out here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Yes, I’d like to try it out again.

8. Pintxo (Plateau location is permanently)

**(Updated 4/1/2020: the Plateau Pintxo location is now closed. They’ve relocated to Le Central food hall in le Quartier des spectacles but I don’t think they do brunches there**

9. O’Thym (Gay Village)

Eggs Benedict over toasted baguette with rabbit medallions, a cheese sauce, roasted potatoes and a garden salad (2017)
Croissant Wellington (2017)

Alright, O’Thym isn’t technically a bottomless brunch restaurant, but because it is byow, that basically makes it bottomless. We came here right before the holidays in 2017 and overall had a good experience. The food was good, although a little lacking in some areas for my eggs Benedict dish. However, everyone else seemed to really enjoy their meals and I have to say, the grilled cheese with duck confit salad looked pretty tasting. As well, you can’t beat the price, as it cost us each about $20 for a bottle of sparkling wine and some orange juice. Food: 3/5 (good), Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Yes because its byow, but I would try something else on the menu

There aren’t that many bottomless brunch places in Montreal, but we’ll definitely keep looking for our new top spot. I know there are a few other Groupe Anthonopoulos restaurants in the Old Port that do bottomless, but from what I’ve heard, its kinda pricey and they only allow you to stay for 2 hours max.

*All photos are my own (or taken by someone with my device, or of me)

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