Montreal has a rich breakfast culture and many trendy brunch spots popping up. Having spent quite a bit of time in the city this year, I’ve developed a couple of favourite places. These two restaurants are more on the grown up side, if you prefer a quiet early afternoon dining experience.
Les Enfants Terribles
High atop Montreal on the 44th Floor of Place Ville Marie is where you can have your eggs benny with a view of the city. Les Enfants Terribles, which means “the terrible children”, is restaurant and bar with a cool, hip feel that’s popular with locals and tourists.
The black walls are the backdrop for the interesting furnishings and the vast skyline that surrounds you. The patio seating is reservation worthy for any time of the day, but views are beautiful at night.
The brunch menu has a good selection that will appeal to most, including interesting speciality egg bennies. Mimosas are $8.00 and they have an extensive list of classic cocktails revisited.
I have the Decadent Toast which features traditional French elements like foie gras and confit de Canard under mache and baby greens. It’s French Canadian comfort food on a bun.
I order the blueberry beignets because every meal needs to have dessert. I am excited when the waiter brings an entire can of maple syrup to accompany them.
The blueberry beignets are a little overdone and not light and airy as expected but rather a little tough and too crispy. The blueberry sauce, whipped cream and ice cream make up for the beignets and the dish is eaten up.
It’s a busy place, an early reservation will allow you to get an unobstructed view. The service is attentive and accommodating to all guests. They worked patiently with the next table who were quite obviously hung over. Les Enfants Terribles is worth the trip to the top of the city.
Brasserie 701 is an elegant and sophisticated lounge next to the Place D’Armes Hotel in Old Montreal. As it is a bar those under the age of 18 are not permitted.
The cocktail list has many fun “girly” drinks, like the Strawberry Shake made of Belvedere, strawberry puree and molasses simple syrup, or the Basil Raspberry Martini. They also have several French Champagnes and top shelf sparkling California wines.
The weekend brunch menu includes a Boozipop Bucket for $25.00 and or for an additional $39.00 you can get two hour unlimited bar with your brunch entree order.
Creative ingredients done in traditional French bistro style best describes their offerings. Rich dishes like mac and cheese as well as chicken and waffles to offset the previous nights’ drinks. The cheese platter from the bar menu is nice to change it up a bit.
The street patio fills quickly, but dine inside and admire the grand decor. Reservations are highly recommended. Bon Appetit, friends!