Montreal's brunch culture continues to reach new heights. The popular meal continues to be a staple — even during the pandemic. And, with so many brunch places in the city, it's hard to stand out from the crowd. Kamúy however, has managed to do just that.
The Bagatelle brunch on weekends is not something you are going to want to sleep on.
It's "very different from the other standard eggs, bacon, toast brunches in Montreal," a restaurant representative told MTL Blog.
"The menu combines the fine-dining tradition of French cuisine, the comfort of Québécois casse-croûte culture, and the diverse influences of the many communities that call this city home," according to a statement.
Divided between the savoury and sweet, the brunch menu includes dishes like "le traditionnel" ("mirror egg, half plantain, shredded griot, avocado purée and frijoles refritos") and the "Crêpe Kamuy" ("pancake stuffed with chocolate, English sauce with coconut and cinnamon rum, passion fruit and mango").
The Bagatelle brunch will be happening on Saturdays and Sundays until 3 p.m.
Thereafter, you can enjoy an array of tapas dishes.
What's the atmosphere like?
The representative told MTL Blog that this brunch is "a bit of a party in the sense that there are music and a festive atmosphere."
This restaurant is also a cultural space, a place where art and music play as big of a role as the food.
"Music has always been a big part of Chef Paul’s restaurants," a statement reads.
"And in addition to the eclectic soundtrack patrons will hear on a given day in the restaurant, at brunch, the party vibe intensifies, and the music is a vital part of the experience, just like back home."
Those dining in can expect to move and groove from their tables to the sounds of reggae, bachata, merengue, salsa, jazz, and more.
The restaurant also has an outdoor terrasse with heaters so diners can eat outside even during the fall.
Get all the details below.
Kamúy Bagatelle Brunch
When: Saturdays and Sundays until 3 p.m.
Address: 1485, rue Jeanne-Mance
Why You Need To Go: For a unique brunch in a restaurant filled with colour and music.
The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
Entry is free and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Sudbest Neighbourhood Market
Price: Free entry! No cash is accepted on-site (so pay by card or by scanning a QR Code thanks to the CHK PLZ app)
When: From noon to 11 p.m July 31 to August 1, August 28-29 & September 25-26
Address: 40, rue des Seigneurs, Griffintown, Montreal, QC (Behind Arsenal, along the Lachine Canal)
Why You Need To Go: Check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!
I must admit, I had never been to New City Gas (I moved here during the pandemic — please forgive me), so I had no idea what to expect. The first thing I thought was, "WOW, this space is so cool!" We walked into the lobby-bar and I was instantly taken by the exposed brick and hanging lights, which created a boho-chic Mykonos-esque aesthetic. Of course, that included a hanging bed.
We stepped inside and walked through the mysterious yet cozy and inviting interior complete with mirrors and candles galore. Before entering the restaurant, we passed through the artisanal marketplace, featuring goods from Meraki, a Laval-based boutique filled with handmade goods and imported treasures from Greece.
Next, we headed into the restaurant, which is so spectacularly done that it feels like one of the most high-end, chic spots on the Island of Montreal but with a totally relaxed and laid-back vibe. Thanks to the decor — complete with hanging baskets, long tables, neutral tones and vibrant greenery — you truly feel like you're in Tulum or in Greece.
We tucked ourselves in for a four-course meal by Chef Massimo Piedimonte of Le Mousso. We were told that the menu was "a tour through the Mediterranean": tapas, a fish course, a meat course, and dessert. Paired with drinks prepared by sommelier Maxime Laliberté of Maison Boulud and mixologist Lawrence Picard of Nectar & Co., I was in absolute heaven.
Between courses, we checked out the open-air gallery outside by S16 and the NFT Gallery by 0x Society, which is actually the first of its kind in Canada. Both of these will be available all summer long.
When the sun went down and the lights came on, the ambiance was even more spectacular. Co-owner Alex K. told me the team was inspired by their travels to places like Tulum and Mykonos, not just for their food and culture, but for the way they exude positive summer vibes. And that's exactly what I got from Bazart from start to finish!
Bazart at New City Gas
Address: 969, rue Wellington, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: For a taste and the vibes of the Mediterranean right in the heart of Griffintown.