Restaurant: Régine Café
Restaurant type: brunch, coffee, desserts
Prices: $3.50-$7 small dishes, $12-$20 dishes
Date: Saturday May 12th 2018
Table of: 2
My favorite dish: Champi
A few weekends ago, my friend Claire and I chose to catch up over brunch. The very important question was – but where to go? As there are so many brunch options in Montreal! We finally settled on Régine Café, a place we had both been wanting to try out.
We arrived around 9h45, to find a pretty long lineup already formed (about 20-30 people). We were told the wait for a table for two would be about 45 minutes so we decided to stick it out – it also helped that it was a beautiful, warm and sunny day. I liked that they had a small station with flavored water, to keep us hydrated while we waited in line. Samples of brioche were also offered, which was a nice gesture. After catching up for about 1h15 in the lineup, it was finally our turn to be seated. We were offered two seats at the bar, which, at this point, I would have taken a seat on the floor just to be fed lol.
Turns our Régine Café is quite a large space; larger than I had anticipated (there’s 2 rooms). Once we were seated and had ordered, it literally took 4 minutes for our food to come out, which was crazy! Faster than at Asian restaurants!
I chose the Champi, consisting of poached eggs over toast with melted Mamirole cheese, sautéed mushrooms, spicy sauce and a side of spinach béchamel. Overall, this dish was excellent. The mushrooms were delicious and rich and there were lots of delicious things happening in this dish. I loved the side of spinach béchamel which added even more sauce and flavours to the dish, as well as the touches of heat from the spicy sauce, the delicious potatoes too and some fresh fruits to finish it off. I also chose a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice which was perfect.
Claire on the other hand had the Sucré Salé dish, composed of a homemade brioche bread, with pulled ham, île-aux-Grues cheddar cheese, egg and cream fudge. Claire loved this dish, whereas I personally don’t like to mix sweet and salty.
To finish things off, we chose to share a slice of cake of the day. Once we got it though, we realized how huge the portion was and decided to just taste a bit and take the rest home. The cake was delicious, super soft and airy but thick at the same time, with an amazing pistachio and almond crumble and perfect vanilla icing. It was truely an amazing cake.
Overall we had a delicious brunch at Régine Café, which at the end of the day, is the most important thing. So even though we waited over an hour in line, the wait was definitely worth it. I would just recommend arriving earlier, something I will definitely keep in mind the next time i visit them 🙂 I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use 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?
So, here is my review of Régine Café:
Would I go back?: Definitely!
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