Where to enjoy brunch during MTLàTABLE 2018
MTLàTABLE, the city’s great restaurant week, is back from November 1 to 11, 2018. Take a peek at these 20 restaurants, broken down by neighbourhood, that will be serving up sumptuous brunches. Book soon because places go fast!
Old Montréal and the Old Port
Looking out on Place Jacques-Cartier, the pretty Maggie Oakes - Brasserie Montréalaise, nestled in the chic Hôtel William Gray, offers a two-course brunch that includes a grilled cheese sandwich with slow cooked rib steak, mushrooms and Oka cheese. A perfect start to your morning.
Over at the Sinclair Restaurant, its three-course brunch rises to the occasion. The appetizer is a pork flank confit, white beans braised with rosemary and onions stewed in port (extra charge of $2) followed by fried calamari from the Bas-du-Fleuve sprinkled with lemon, basil and lime zest. The final touch? Poor man’s pudding, apple butter and Québec maple whisky. Now that’s what we call breakfast.
Meat lovers can tuck into a two-course brunch at Méchant Bœuf Bar-Brasserie, which will be showcasing fare that includes crêpes stuffed with pulled pork, grilled asparagus, fingerling potatoes and Mornay sauce. You’ll devour it!
For over fifteen years, Verses Bistro has been serving comfort food crafted from the freshest local products. Its brunch menu features swoon-worth dishes such as buffalo milk maple yogurt, berries and homemade granola as well as caramelized popcorn pancakes with dulce de leche and mascarpone. Poetry on your plate!
With its elegant decor and neo-classical architecture, Brasserie 701 feels like one of the great Parisian brasseries. After starting your brunch with a super fresh smoothie, sink your teeth into a crispy maple chicken waffle with eggs sunny side up and Hollandaise sauce. Total tastiness.
At the Rosewood pub, treat yourself to delectable smoked BBQ pork ribs and huevos rancheros with smoked cheddar, and a side of potatoes. Seriously, what could be dreamier?
Lastly, the Taverne Gaspar, housed in a 19th-century warehouse, offers brunch classics that include a pastry basket accompanied by a yummy goat cheese omelet.
Downtown and the Golden Square Mile
Just caught an exhibition with friends and would love to chat about it over brunch? The timing couldn’t be better because, for the first time ever, the Beaux-Arts Restaurant offers a two-course MTLàTABLE menu that features a poached egg over a bacon crumble, basil sauce, fruit salad and roasted baby potatoes. Yes, our mouths are watering…
Le Petit Opus Café, for its part, is serving a bistro-style menu that includes fried chicken with maple syrup glaze, waffles, sriracha, grilled corn and jalapeno salsa. We can’t wait!
Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile End
You’ll see Norman and Canadian influences popping up in the creations of chef Guillaume Paimparay, who offers you a three-course brunch at his Caribou gourmand restaurant. Choose from a toothsome triad of French toast, pancakes, black pudding or breakfast poutine, served with hot mulled red wine with autumn spices. We’re there already!
At Birona, a Mediterranean tapas and hummus bar, you can enjoy healthy, aromatic and balanced cuisine. Brunch includes a fresh vegan or gluten-free salad followed by dishes such as tomato shakshuka served with traditional eggplant hummus with feta. Bonus: the dishes are perfect for sharing.
La Khaima, ran by Atigh Ould, invites you to relax in its warm décor, inspired by the colourful traditional nomadic tents of Morocco and Mauritania. Go there for its delicious chicken tajine with olives, lemon and candied lemon and couscous, prepared with fresh, local and organic ingredients.
The Barcelona sun shines on Saint-Denis Street at IBERICOS, a Spanish tapas tavern. The fun starts with Catalan cheeses with fruit quince jelly and tomato bread. Next, you can enjoy huevos rotos, a mix of potatoes, fried eggs and topping of your choice (mushrooms, chorizo or ham). Make sure to save room for dessert: pancakes with caramelized banana and maple pastry cream. Mmm, mmm, good.
Restaurant Vertige pays homage to terroir products with its three-course brunch. Try the Benedict-style rösti, poached egg, gravlax and spinach, a classic that will thrill your taste buds.
Au Petit Extra has been serving authentic and affordable French cuisine for over 30 years. The restaurant’s brunch menu highlights time-honoured traditions with an egg cocotte à la Basquaise, sautéed potatoes with parsley and grilled mouillettes. Absolutely divine.
Outremont go-to Les Fillettes is a very Montréal-vibey bistro whose menu changes with the seasons. Wondering about the name? It comes from the little 25 cl wine bottles found in French bars. Feast your eyes on the squash salad, venison bresaola and keep the food love going with gravlax, marinated cauliflower, fennel, Pumpernickel and mustard. Oh. So. Amazing.
Located in the Angus Shops, Hoogan et Beaufort showcases the fresh, creative and masterful cuisine of chef Marc-André Jetté. At the heart of this revamped and refined former factory, you can tuck into an amped-up two-course brunch. Start with the focaccia grilled in a wood oven, homemade jam and whipped butter and move on to the rainbow trout (Des Bobines farm), roasted squash, maple cippolini and marinated mustard seeds for the main course. Bon appétit!
Feel like dashing off to France? You can do just that at Bistro Licence IV, which channels Paris with its chic and slightly edgy French brasserie feel. Order the Alsatian omelet, Parisian crêpes or the Aquitaine cassolette for total morning magic.
In the north end of the city
L’Estaminet is a laid-back family bistro located on Promenade Fleury in Ahuntsic. The three-course brunch menu showcases classic Québec comfort food such as eggs Benedict with artisanal ham from Montérégie and Frelighsburg maple syrup pie. Simple and succulent!
As its name suggests, Café Le Petit Flore draws its inspiration from French cuisine. Start with the palate-popping cranberry sparkling cider (Domaine entre Pierre et terre cider house) then sate your cravings with a BLT stacked with blood sausage, egg, bacon, lettuce and tomato on milk bread. A touch of France, on your plate.
Most of these restaurants feature vegetarian options and the fixed-price brunch menu is $17.
Laure Juilliard, blogger
Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.
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