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). I realize we had this discussion almost a year ago but… here we go with the MTL brunch crawl 🙂 This first post of three will focus on bottomless brunch options in Montreal and the next two will focus on “normal” brunch options (there are so many that I had to split it up into two posts).
*All brunch places are presented in chronological order. Each will include my restaurant review criteria based on: food (on /10), price ($ to $$$$$) and would I go back?
Turquoise Blog’s MTL Bottomless Brunch Crawl:
1. Suwu (Plateau)
Suwu is the first bottomless brunch places we tried out and proceeded to come back 1 or 2 times over the years. Suwu’s bottomless brunch is at $35, plus tax, tip and food. Honestly, the food isn’t great at Suwu, in terms of brunch. Both times I came here, the food was average and definitely nothing memorable. Its one of those places where you choose to come for the bottomless option and nothing more. In terms of bottomless service, its quite good. They give you your own bottle of sparkling wine, along with a pitcher of orange juice, so you can dose your own mimosas. Food: 6/10, Price: $$$$, Would I go back?: Probably not, there are other bottomless places with better food.
2. Atelier d’Argentine (2 locations: Old Port – CLOSED & Downtown)
Atelier d’Argentine is our go-to bottomless brunch spot; unfortunately, the Old Port location closed recently. We have yet to try the downtown location on Crescent, so this makes this review a bit pointless, since its about a place that’s now closed. Nonetheless, the menus are the same, so it should still be worth something 😉 Bottomless at Atelier d’Argentine is $33, so very close in pricing to Suwu. However, for those who like them, Atelier d’Argentine gives you the option of getting bottomless mimosas AND bottomless Cesars. For my friends who like Cesars, this deal was totally worth it for them and this is probably what contributed to us making Atelier d’Argentine our go-to bottomless brunch spot. As well, the menu is full of options, although a bit pricey, but the food was always very good. They also have some more “lunch-y” choices for those who don’t feel like eating eggs. Food: 8/10, Price: $$$$, Would I go back?: Yes, we’ll have to try the Crescent location!
3. Rosewood (Old Port)
Tried Rosewood in January 2016 for my 24th birthday and had a great time overall, except for when I was sick (ahem)… But other than that, I ordered the breakfast poutine which was yummy and of course, I opted for the bottomless brunch option. I believe at the time bottomless was only $20, but it is now $25. As well, take note that Rosewood is now open on both Saturdays AND Sundays for brunch, yay! Unfortunately, I gots no photos. Food: 7.5/10, Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Yes, I’d like to try it out again.
4. Pintxo (Plateau)
We tried Pintxo out this summer for the first time and were pleased with the overall experience. Although the food was very good (the majority of us ordered the Spanish potato omelette with different toppings options) the choices were very limited and didn’t include many “typical” choices like eggs benedict. The bottomless service was also good; the waitress continuously refilled our glasses with sparkling wine and orange juice. The price was also better than at Suwu; Pintxo’s bottomless is $25 only (and the food is better). They also had some yummy homemade donuts for dessert, which we split. Food: 7.5/10, Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Perhaps, but I would like to try out a new bottomless place first with more food options.
5. O’Thym (Gay Village)
Alright, O’Thym isn’t technically a bottomless brunch restaurant, but because it is byow, that basically makes it bottomless. We came here right before the holidays and overall had a good experience. The food was good, although a little lacking in some areas for my eggs Benedict dish. However, everyone else seemed to really enjoy their meals and I have to say, the grilled cheese with duck confit salad looked pretty tasting. As well, you can’t beat the price, as it cost us each about $20 for a bottle of sparkling wine and some orange juice. Food: 7.5/10, Price: $$$, 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. In the meantime, come back next week for my MTL Brunch Crawl post!
UP NEXT: Turquoise Blog’s MTL Brunch Crawl – Part 1!
*All photos are my own (or taken by someone with my device, or of me)