Summer is prime time for festivals, sangria, terraces and Tam-tams. By the time Sunday morning rolls around, all you can think of is stuffing your face. This calls for coffee and brunch. A while ago, we suggested 20 spots for hangover breakfast, but here's ten more that are perfect for hangover brunch in the summer.
Gryphon d'Or Tea Room is a quaint restaurant with a small terrace in the front. As the name suggests, they typically serve afternoon tea but on weekends they also serve brunch. My personal recommendation is the 1/2 & 1/2, a combination of stuffed french toast and eggs benedict.
Le Cartet is a classy, anytime spot in the Old Port. The front of the restaurant is a ready-to-eat store stocked with sandwiches, salads and pies to-go as well as artisan chocolates, teas and coffees. I'd recommend the sweet brunch which includes a citrus crepe, blueberry french toast, apple butter, ginger and cashew granola, blueberry yogurt and fresh fruit. The only drawback is the cafateria style seating, but if you enjoy eavesdropping on other people's conversations, then this place is perfect for you.
While L'Gros Luxe is well-known for their outrageous caesars and small plates like poutines and grilled cheeses, their brunch is also - unsurprisingly - to die for. My personal fav is the BBQ pulled pork hash, or try their breakfast pizza with a side of breakfast poutine, you won't be able to move for a week.
Arts Cafe is a bustling spot for coffee, baked goods and brunch in the plateau. Its brunch menu has classic breakfast options (eggs, BLT, waffles, french toast) and lunch choices (burgers, salads, poutine). I'd recommend the cod cakes served with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Don't be discouraged by the line-up outside L'Avenue every weekend for brunch. Between the gigantic smoothies, milkshakes, eggs benedicts and pancake options, L'Avenue is well worth the wait. My personal fav is the sweet-salty-crispy eggs benny which has Panko-crusted french toast, ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
VSL gives you the perfect reason to go back to where your night before probably started. Although there's nothing fancy about brunch at VSL, you can expect massive and satisfying portions. Their 'Festins' are the ideal combination of eggs, meat, potatoes AND pancakes.
Toi, Moi & Cafe is a staple in the Montreal cafe scene. Choose from classics like omelettes, crepes, french toast and benedicts along with a killer cup of coffee. All their breakfast come with their homemade baked appless. They have another location in Mile End at 244 Laurier O.
If you're looking for a different take on brunch, SuWu offers their own version of the McMuffin, BLT, salmon tartare along with changing specials. On top of that, you can order bottomless mimosas or choose from an extensive brunch drink menu with make-your-own mimosas and breakfast cocktails.
With two convenient locations - One on St. Denis and the other on Peel - Universel is the ultimate go-to for weekend brunch. You can have it all with the Universel Breakfast which includes eggs, meat, potatoes, toast and your choice of waffles, crepes or French toast.
49th Parallel will be opening its doors on Friday, July 16 starting at 7 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be handing out free Beignes Lucky's to all customers.
Sounds like a pretty good reason to check out the spot if you ask me!
Plus, there will also be "coffee blends exclusive to the Old Montreal location, in addition to fan-favourite blends such as the Old School Espresso, Longitude 123°W Blend, and Organic French Roast" to try, so any coffee lover will be happy to take a trip over.
When: Officially opens Friday, July 16
Address: 488, rue McGill, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To see if British Columbian coffee can compete with Montreal flavours — and for a free donut on opening day!
La Maison Onyx is a pop-up that will run between July and October, giving marginalized chefs a stage to showcase their culinary expertise. Up first is Saint-Henri's Tropikàl Restobar, a Caribbean and Afro-Latin restaurant, which will be there from July 7 to July 27.
Tropikàl will be followed by Maquis Yasolo, an Afro-Québécoise restaurant in Saint-Henri. Later, MasterChef Canada’s Marissa Leon-John of Elle Jay’s Private Dining and Afro-Vegan chef Evy Mendes of Cantine Toca Toca will be serving up delicious eats.
La Maison Onyx is an initiative by DESTA Food, a Black youth network and non-profit business incubator for Black businesses.
According to a DESTA Food statement, La Maison Onyx will feature street food-style menus using local Quebec products, chef-led market tours at Jean-Talon Market, and on-site food demonstrations.
More chefs and Montreal restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
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MTLàTABLE is back with set menus at your favourite eateries!
MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
You can filter your preferences by neighbourhood, price, cuisine and more.
Contests & weekly draws
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
Quebec-grown produce & food products
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.
The menu is 100% decadent. You can try, among other things, a "Croque-madame", blueberry and bacon pancakes, eggs benedict with salmon gravlax, a mushroom omelette or the "Full English breakfast" with eggs, sausages, blood pudding, baked beans, tomatoes and potatoes.
Not counting the drinks, the price of the brunches varies between $13 and $19, which is pretty reasonable.
By the way, if brunch is not your cup of tea, you can always come and enjoy Wolf & Workman's terrasse for lunch and dinner. The option is yours!
Bottomless Mimosas at Wolf & Workman
Price: $35 for all-you-can-drink mimosa, plus $13 to $19 for brunch
When: Weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 139, rue St. Paul O., Montreal, QC
Why You Should Go: Who can say no to endless mimosas on a pretty terrasse?