Café Zezin: Excellent Brazilian-French-Québécois fusion café and brunch spot! (Villeray)

Restaurant: Café Zezin
Restaurant type: café, coffee shop, brunch, desserts, take-away
Prices: $6-$18.50 brunch dishes

Date: Saturday March 9th 2019
Table of: 2
My favorite dish: Classic Bene + Croissant Bourgeois + Samba on ice

Last month, I had the pleasure of trying Café Zezin as their guest! Café Zezin is a Brazilian-French-Québécois fusion café, serving up coffees, cafe food and a full brunch menu on weekends, with some Brazilian, French and Québécois influences. Its is located on Jean-Talon Est, one block away from D’Iberville Metro (blue line) on the corner of Rue des Écores. Here’s a look at the dishes we had:

  • Mini cheese breads
  • Classic Bene: 2 poached eggs, sautéed spinach and mushrooms and hollandaise sauce over homemade brioche bread, served with salad and dauphine potatoes
  • Croissant Bourgeois: Croissant, egg, ham, mozzarella cheese and goat cheese, served with dry tomato béchamel sauce and fresh fruits
  • Samba on ice: Brownie topped with ice cream, peanut crumble and dulce de leche sauce
  • Waffle churros: Waffles sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, served with guava sauce
  • Black forest latte & macchiato
Classic Bene & Croissant Bourgeois (2019)
Classic Bene (2019)
Croissant Bourgeois (2019)
Samba on ice (2019)
Waffle churros (2019)
Black forest latte & macchiato (2019)

We enjoyed an excellent brunch at Café Zezin and would go back any day! Everything was delicious and made with expertise, love and attention. My Classic Bene dish was very good in all regards; the eggs, the homemade bread and the sauce. I especially loved the dauphine potatoes, which are like a gratin dauphinois (creamy potatoes with melted cheese) but puréed, shaped into balls and deep fried. So good! Liz’s Croissant Bourgeois was also very good and decadent; full of eggs, ham and melted gooey cheese. The Samba on ice was another favorite of mine, because the brownie was absolutely perfect (it reminded me a lot of Juliette & Chocolat’s brownies which I love). It was melt-in-your-mouth rich and moist in the middle and slightly crispy and more dense on the outside. Amazing! The brownie was topped with a rich scoop of chocolate ice cream and crunchy peanuts and dulce de leche sauce; a very satisfying dessert! I really liked the concept of the waffle churros – covered in sugar and cinnamon powder like churros are – but I prefer more fried-like waffles than baked waffles. The guava sauce that accompanied them was very good and they also offer Nutella or dulce de leche sauces as options.

We had a great time at Café Zezin and I highly recommend it to all brunch lovers out there! Its a bit far and out of the way, but easily accessible by the blue line of the metro or by car. Prices are also very good and portions are very generous, so you won’t be left feeling hungry after your meal. Enjoy!

Classic Bene (2019)
Classic Bene (2019)
Classic Bene (2019)
Croissant Bourgeois (2019)
Croissant Bourgeois (2019)
Dauphine potatoes (2019)
Samba on ice & Waffle churros (2019)
Samba on ice (2019)
Black forest latte (2019)
macchiato (2019)
Mini cheese breads (2019)

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*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.

*All photos and comments are mine

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