Breakfast/brunch food seems like fairly standard culinary fair. Who doesn't know how to scramble an egg, or flip a pancake? True as that may be, you can definitely taste the difference between an amateurs French toast versus an experts. The chefs at 'Bagel etc.' are very muc the latter because they got brunch down to a delicious T.
Walking into 'Bagel etc.' prepares you for your dining experience. Set up like a standard diner, Bagel etc instantly feels familiar. This comfy atmosphere is then given a distinct edginess by the interesting decor and colour scheme of the restaurant. Bagel etc's relaxed yet funky vibe is a lot like its menu, which is chock full of traditionally delicious breakfast options along with unique and original creations.
There is also a huge counter lined with hot sauces which customers are free to sample and use at their leisure. From Siracha to death-in-a-bottle, 'Bagel etc' boasts an impressive hot sauce lineup. Major cred points for that. Who doesn't like some hot sauce with their eggs?
With such a wide range of variety on the menu, its hard to zone in on what works and what doesn't in 'Bagel etc's' menu, although I'm confident its all delicious. To test out their breakfast mettle, I got a classic combo of eggs, meat, potatoes and pancakes. Aptly titled the 'Super,' this plate lived up to its namesake. Like I said, its not hard to make most of whats on this plate, but you can taste it when its prepared right. Every aspect of the plate was delicious. The potatoes were fluffy and crisp, the eggs cooked to my liking (overeasy!) , and everything synced into a great breakfast plate.
Bagel etc. has an extensive array of eggs Benedict options, and its hard to settle on one. Vying for something a little different, I went with an eggs Benedict served on a bagel, with spinach, tomato, and goat cheese underneath the egg. Dressed with a light and not-too-mayo-y hollandaise sauce, the dish was deliciousness on a bagel. All of the ingredients paired so nicely together that I don't think I'll be trying anything else on the menu anytime soon.
I also gotta give a shout out to the pancakes at Bagel etc. too. A side to many dishes (like the Super), you can also order the pancakes as a standalone dish accompanied by meat or fruits. You even have the choice to jazz up your pancakes with additions like blueberries, bananas, and chocolate chips, using legit chunks at no extra charge. High rise pancakes with a light interior, these flapjacks are what all other pancakes should aspire to be. And there's maple syrup on your table with no added fee. A boon to anyone else who drenches their entire plate with syrup, pancakes or not.
A brunch staple in Montreal, and for good reason, 'Bagel etc' is everything you want in a breakfast joint. Classic dishes are prepared to perfection and the menu has a variety which demands you go more than once, which is just fine with me.