Following my Turquoise Blog’s MTL Brunch Crawl – Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts, here is Part 3 with the (few) restaurants I brunched at in 2018! And in case you were looking for bottomless brunch options in Montreal, click here.
*All brunch places are presented in chronological order. Each will include my restaurant review criteria based on: food (on /10), price ($ to $$$$$) and would I go back?
Turquoise Blog’s MTL Brunch Crawl – Part 3 (#21 to #31) :
21. Au festin de Babette (Le Plateau)
I brunched at Au festin de Babette on the last day of 2017, after a last minute decision to go brunching. The place is first and foremost a French café, offering crêpes, brunch plates, sandwiches and an extensive list of hot chocolates. The Dalmatian hot chocolate, made of both dark and white chocolates was excellent. I ordered the “Le Drolet” brunch plate, which is eggs Benedict. Overall the dish was good, but there were many little setbacks (soggy salad, cold food and watered down soup). However, the gratin dauphinois was excellent, which made up for the rest. Food: 8/10, Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes, but there are other brunch places I’d want to try out first.
22. District Bagel (TMR)
District Bagel was the first brunch spot I got to try out for my blog! They’re a neighbourhood bagel/brunch/coffee spot located in TMR (Town of Mount-Royal), close to highway 15 and Jean-Talon. They may not have an endless brunch menu, but they can cook you up an omelette with a selection of toppings, make you a bagel breakfast sandwich and more! I really liked their bagels and would definitely purchase them if they were available at the grocery store. Everything we ate was really good too, like the homemade cream cheeses, the cakes and the crêpes. If you’ve ever wanted to eat some delicious bagels for brunch, without the lineup of a brunch restaurant but with more than just bagels and cream cheese on the menu, then check out District Bagel! Food: 8/10, Price: $, Would I go back?: Probs not for brunch, as it was kind of far and out of the way, but if I were in the neighborhood, I would for a coffee and bagel to go.
23. Restaurant L’Inconnu (Plateau/Mile-End)
L’Inconnu is located on the North-West border of the Plateau and the Mile-End, on Saint-Laurent just above Laurier. They offer a wide variety of typical brunch dishes, as well as some house populars like smoked salmon, pork ribs, eggs Benedict over French toast and many more. Oh, and did I mention that everything is HOMEMADE? From bagels and sausage, to smoked salmon and burger buns! We enjoyed a delicious brunch at L’Inconnu when we went and my favorite was definitely the avocado burger.What I liked the most about L’Inconnu was that they put a lot of effort into preparing everything themselves (aka homemade), which is something that I appreciate a lot, along with very reasonable prices for good quality food. So if you’re looking for a good brunch place, with homemade and affordable dishes and no line-up, give L’Inconnu a try! Food: 8/10, Price: $$, Would I go back?: If I were in the neighborhood and looking for a casual, no frills brunch, yes.
24. Régine Café (Rosemont)
I’d heard many good things about Régine Café so my friend Claire and I checked it out last summer. After waiting about 1h15 in line, it was finally our turn to be seated. Once we were seated and had ordered, it literally took 4 minutes for our food to come out, which was crazy! Faster than at Asian restaurants! We both opted for savoury dishes, which were the best. We had a delicious brunch at Régine Café, which at the end of the day, is the most important thing. So even though we waited over an hour in line, the wait was definitely worth it. I would just recommend arriving earlier, something I will definitely keep in mind the next time I visit them!! Food: 9/10, Price: $$, Would I go back?: Definitely!
25. Perles et Paddock (Griffintown)
Because we were long overdue for a brunch meet up, my fellow bottomless brunch biddies and I decided to give Perles et Paddock a try, after Linda recommended it. We chose to meet at P&P for 10am on a Saturday in May and surprisingly, there was no one there and no line up! A Montreal brunch first! As soon as I stepped inside, I was starstruck by the beautiful and minimalist decor, the huge amounts of natural light pouring in (although it was a cloudy morning), all of the lights fixtures, the greenery all over and the beautiful and imposing bar in the center of the room. I rarely get these “wow” moments when I visit restaurants, but this one definitely had my attention for the first little while. Overall, the meal was excellent, the drinks were perfect and the company was top. The service was very good and attentive and the space was just so beautiful; I felt like I was in a modern and chic tropical rain forest. Although I loved the food, it was very good and everything was well made, it was a bit expensive. Food: 9.5/10, Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Most definitely!!
26. Le Butterblume (Mile-End)
Le Butterblume is one of those rare places I’ve actually been to more than once or twice (my count is now at three). Ever since I tried their German ravioli soup a few years ago, I’ve been addicted ever since and always need to go back to satisfy my crave. German ravioli soup aside, everything else at Le Butterblume is excellent. Their menu contains a bunch of different small plates, which makes it ideal to order multiple and try a few different things (if you’re with another person). Every time I go, I leave a happy, full and satisfied customer. Food: 9.5/10, Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes!
27. Arts Café (Mile-End)
Arts Café is actually another one of those places I’ve been to multiple times, but usually because my friends choose it. I went last fall with my old roommates and found the experience to be ok. I was disappointed by the duck confit eggs Benedict dish I ordered, but loved their cheddar scone. Also, service was average at best. I personally would not go back and wait an hour in line to eat here. Food: 8/10, Price: $$, Would I go back?: Only to pick up some cheddar scones.
28. L’Oeufrier DDO (West Island)
As its name implies, this branch of L’Oeufrier DDO is in DDO, in the West Island. If you think brunch places in the Plateau get packed full, well, so do the ones in the suburbs! We got here just before 10h00 and by 10h30, the place was packed full and there was even a line up! L’Oeufrier DDO offers a wide variety of brunch and lunch dishes, ranging from your classic eggs benny, omelettes and waffles, to grilled cheeses, poutines and mac n cheese. They also have an extensive list of beverages, from smoothies and milkshakes to specialty coffees and then classic beverages. Being a huge eggs Benedict fan, you already know what I ordered – the Bene Joe “Full” Bacon – eggs Benedict with lots of bacon, sautéed potatoes and fresh fruits. Everything was delicious and I very much enjoyed my breakfast; everything was on point, no complaints! I’m usually a bit of a snob when it comes to eating at restaurant chains, but L’Oeufrier DDO managed to change my opinion! Food: 8/10, Price: $$, Would I go back?: I would go back any time!
29. Le XVI XVI (Downtown)
Le XVI XVI is located on Sherbrooke, in the heart of downtown Montreal and I had the pleasure of trying it out with my whole family (Alex and all three kids!). They offer quite a different dining experience than other Montreal restaurants, and this, in more than one way. For example, they have the only robot bartender in the city, R1B1; how cool is that?? And, they do brunch differently. At Le XVI XVI, you get to order that one dish and to eat as much as you want from their find products brunch buffet! Plus, the whole brunch experience is super child friendly, with a scientific workshop going on at the same time, to keep these busy minds occupied and out of trouble! (And allows the adults to quietly enjoy their mimosas). Overall, we had a lovely time at Le XVI XVI. The highlight for the kids was definitely R1B1, from whom they ordered about 10 glasses of juice. My personal fave was the buffet brunch, which had so many delicious things that you were sure to find something to your liking. The service was also excellent; plates and cutlery were changed in between every visit to the buffet and we were never left wanting anything. Food: 7.5/10, Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Yes, but it was quite pricey for a family of 5!
30. Le Passé Composé (Village)
Le Passé Composé is located in the Village, right by another pretty popular place: Le Blossom (you know that Japanese bar with a huge cherry blossom tree inside?). After a 2 year wait, I finally made it back and was able to enjoy another one of their delicious brunch dishes. This time around, I opted for a savoury dish, the Champêtre poached egg, which was very good. They have quite an extensive brunch menu, which is always nice, as it caters to a diverse crowd. Beware though, you need to arrive early unless you enjoy waiting in line!! We arrived at 9h15 on a Thursday morning during the holidays and were able to keep our table for about 2 hours, which is a record in my opinion lol. Food: 8.5/10, Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes, but only if I can get there early!
31. Restaurant Impérial (Chinatown)
Impérial is located in the new “tower” in Chinatown, called Swatow Plaza, all the way up on the 6th floor. Once you get to the 6th floor, you can’t miss Impérial, as its basically the only thing there. Of the two dim sum places I know and have been to in Chinatown, Impérial is my favorite. My all-time favorite dumpling at dim sum is the hargow (steamed shrimp dumpling) and they were excellent at Impérial, better than in my memory. The shrimp filling was large, juicy and oh so delicious dipped in some soya sauce and hot sauce. Besides hargow, they serve up all of your typical dim sum dishes, like shumai (pork and shrimp dumpling), fried dumplings, sweet pork filled buns and even xiao long bao (soup dumplings)! Despite a lengthy wait (let’s be real, when does one not have to wait when going for brunch in Montreal? lol) we had an excellent meal at Impérial and in great company too. The service was also very good and attentive and the price was very good; we ended up paying less than $20 each and came out very full. Food: 9/10, Price: $, Would I go back?: Yes, as its my favorite dim sum place in Chinatown! (Need to try Kam Fung in Brossard though)
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