Following my Turquoise Blog’s Montreal Brunch Crawl – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 blog posts, here is Part 4 with the many restaurants I brunched at in 2019! 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 /5), price ($ to $$$$$) and would I go back?
Turquoise Blog’s Montreal Brunch Crawl – Part 4 (#32 to #47) :
32. Gaufrabec (Lachine)
I kicked off 2019 with a visit to Gaufrabec in Lachine! If you like waffles, this is the place to be! Gaufrabec makes their waffles homemade and they are thick and delicious. You can order from a variety of sweet or savoury recipes, or both 😉 For more on Gaufrabec, click here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes! Those waffles were really good.
33. Café Zezin (Villeray)
I actually went to Café Zezin multiple times last year, cause it was that good 😉 Café Zezin is a Brazilian-French-Québécois fusion café, offering delicious brunch plates on weekends. It combines everything that’s great in three different cuisines, to present a unique offering to its customers. Their eggs Benedict are on point and if you like croissants, try their Bourgeois Croissant! They also have some very decadent desserts so make sure to leave some room for one! For more on Café Zezin , click here or here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes! And I have 😉
34. India Rosa (Plateau)
Looking for something completely different and outside of the box for your next brunch experience?! If yes, then look no further, cause you’ve found the answer to your foodie prayers with India Rosa‘s all new Indian fusion brunch! Ever dreamt of having butter chicken for brunch? Well, now you can, thanks to India Rosa’s “Béné poulet au beurre” which translates to: eggs Benedict and butter chicken (so.good.). They have both sweet and savoury dishes, but my favorite was a combination of both: chicken and waffles. They use fried tandoori chicken, that sits atop some waffles and comes with this sweet sauce, loaded up with various Indian spices. For more on India Rosa, click here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes! And I’ve really been meaning to!
35. Impérial (Chinatown)
Impérial is another perfect example of a place I adore and have been to multiple times. Impérial is located in Chinatown and serves up delicious dim sum; its my favorite one in Chinatown! Everything is excellent and the assortment is very extensive, from your more popular dim sum dishes like hargow (steamed shrimp dumpling) and shumai (pork and shrimp dumpling), to xiao long bao (soup dumplings). The service is also very good and attentive and the prices are very good, at less than $20 per person and a full belly. For more on Impérial, click here or here! Food: 5/5 (excellent), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes! Always!
36. Machiavelli (Pointe-Saint-Charles)
To begin with, Machiavelli offers delicious fusion filled dishes, with influences from Asian and Western European cuisines. Their brunch menu is nothing different and offers even more fusion goodness from additional parts of the world. The menu is quite simple and you’ll find familiar dishes like eggs Benedict and pancakes, that all have some fusion twists. Machiavelli is also a bring your own wine, so the perfect way to enjoy an affordable bottomless mimosas! For more on Machiavelli, click here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes, but there are other brunch places I’d like to check out first or go back to.
37. Portovino DIX30 (Brossard, South Shore)
Portovino’s brunch offering is different in the sense that its an all you can eat brunch buffet, which not many restaurants do. Feel like having some eggs and bacon? They got em. Feel like having a bowl of pasta too? They have some. Feel like having some freshly carved roasted meat? That too they have. Feel like finishing things off with 2 plates full of desserts? They got a huge table full. Not only does Portovino serve a very varied brunch buffet, everything is also very good. You can even bring your own bubbles and make it a bottomless mimosas brunch! For more on Portovino, click here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Yes, but no rush.
38. SeaSalt & Ceviche Bar (Old Montreal)
I went to SeaSalt & Ceviche Bar for the first time last May, for a @brunchsquad event! The space is gorgeous and the ambiance is great, but the food wasn’t amazing. Perhaps its because we were a large group (close to 100 people), but there were some mishaps with the dishes, like I got 1 egg instead of 2 with my dish, while others did get 2 For more on SeaSalt & Ceviche Bar, click here! Food:3/5 (goof), Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Not for brunch, no, it did not impress me.
39. Le Passé Composé (Village)
Le Passé Composé is an excellent brunch choice in Montreal and is far better than many others. Everything on their extensive brunch menu – sweet and savoury – is worth a try! If you love foie gras like me, you must try their foie gras eggs Benedict. Just beware, unless you want to wait in line for an hour, arrive for 9h00, 9h30 max. Choose Le Passé Composé for their decadent brunch plates and if you’re looking for a brunch spot in the Village!For more on Le Passé Composé, click here! Food: 5/5 (excellent), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes! Always!
40. Engaufrez-Vous (Plateau)
Another great place to check out if you like waffles! Engaufrez-Vous even makes stuffed waffles – savoury or sweet – which is like a waffle sandwich. Very good. They have a lot of different options and combinations to choose from, which is sure to please all waffle lovers. For more on Engaufrez-Vous, click here! Food: 3/5 (good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes but I’d rather check out new places first.
41. Le Fabergé (Mile-End)
I’d actually been to Le Fabergé years ago, so it was nice to go back for my blog. The mac n cheese fritters were a huge disappointment, but the classic eggs Benedict and breakfast poutine were quite good; the potatoes were definitely the stars of the dishes. For more on Le Fabergé, click here! Food: 3/5 (good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Probably not, there are other places I prefer and want to try out first.
42. Arthur’s (Saint-Henri)
In 2019, I FINALLY made it to Arthur’s and I’m really happy I did. I’d heard about Arthur’s famous pancakes and they really were the best. The latkes were a miss, but my friend really liked her breakfast sandwich and matzah ball soup too. For more on Arthur’s, click here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes! Gotta have more of those pancakes.
43. Bloomfield (Outremont)
I’d seen many photos of Bloomfield‘s stunning floral ceiling-hung structure and their beautiful brunch dishes on Instagram many times, so I decided it was finally high time I go myself. I was totally charmed as soon as I walked in (even though its flake flowers hanging from the ceiling) – the whole thing is so pretty. The dishes were also not just beautifully plated but excellent too. I was super happy to be able to host one of my Insta Foodies events here and to share a wonderful brunch with 30 other foodies! Everything was great and super flavourful. I really liked the soft-boiled eggs over garlicky labneh, which mixed together very nicely. For more on Bloomfield, click here or here! Food: 4/5 (excellent), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes! Need to.
44. Kam Fung (Brossard – South Shore)
I went to Kam Fung last year for dinner and then finally made it around to dim sum. Personally, I thought the place was overhyped and do not think it is the best dim sum in or around Montreal. It was good, but I can’t say they are the best. That place definitely belongs to Imperial in Chinatown. Nonetheless, if you’re on the South Shore, its a good dim sum option. For more on Kam Fung, click here! Food: 3/5 (good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Nah, its like the same amount of time for me to drive there or Imperial in Chinatown.
45. Caribou Gourmand (Mile-End)
Caribou Gourmand offers a Québec inspired brunch menu and you’ll mostly find all of your popular brunch dishes on the menu, with some “terroir” twists. Overall, the food was good, but there were a few miscues in the execution: 1 completely burnt piece of French toast, dry ham in the eggs Benedict and missing items (I never got my toast with my dish and had to ask for it). Also, the service was terribly slow when things picked up and picked up is a big word. For more on Caribou Gourmand, click here! Food: 2.5/5 (average – lost points on poor execution), Price: $$, Would I go back?: No.
46. Comptoir Sainte-Cécile (Villeray)
I really enjoyed my brunch experience at Comptoir Sainte-Cécile and loved the creativeness of the menu! They have a very small kitchen (if you can even call it that) so the fact that they’re able to push out all of these varied and yummy dishes is actually quite impressive. Everything we ate was really good and I especially loved the pancake; some competition for Arthur’s! For more on Comptoir Sainte-Cécile, click here! Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes!
47. Alejandro (Village)
And, to finish my 2019 brunch crawl, I visited Alejandro in the Village! Perhaps I ordered the wrong dishes, but I was strongly unimpressed with the two dishes I ordered (with that said, Alex loved the one he had). The first did not read like that at all on the menu and the second was just very poorly executed (the soggiest French toast). For more on Alejandro, click here! Food: 2.5/5 (average – lost points on poor execution), Price: $$, Would I go back?: No.
*All photos, comments and opinions are mine