The 411 Café Sardine is a place I have been to for dinner on a few occasions. I always enjoyed their menu and especially the décor. It has a tapas style dinner menu and some interesting combinations. It was one of those places that I always wondered what brunch would be like there.
The 411 Over on Fairmount, you will find Arts Café. It’s been there for years. I’ve passed by it many times without ever having the time to try it out. One evening, I was cornered by 2 friends saying that I never went to brunch with them. I felt guilty and scared for my life a little so we decided to do brunch and one of them had heard about Art Café so I figured it was finally time to give it a try.
So, if you have been following some of our posts as well as our Facebook page you would notice that we have a slight obsession with Cronuts and “slight” is quite an understatement. Since the month of May, we have been flirting with the idea of driving down to the NYC on a random weekend, waking up at the crack of dawn, making our way to the Dominique Ansel Bakery and getting a Cronut. I mean, why not? It’s a short 6 hour drive – 7 with traffic and stops. But since my obsession was not there yet, we waited until Labour day for a scheduled NYC weekend and getting a Cronut was top of the list.
Guess what time it is? That’s right, it’s the Pied de Cochon Apple cabane à sucre season. That magical time when you get to eat the apple and foie gras inspirations that Chef Martin Picard and the Pied de Cochon team have prepared.
But first, here’s a little background on this magical event for all those who are not familiar with it. The Pied de Cochon restaurant has a cabane à sucre up at 11382 Rang de la Fresnière in St-Benoît de Mirabel (or if your GPS gives you attitude like mine, just Mirabel). Twice a year they have 2 seasons of what can best be described as food orgies. The fall seasons focuses on apples as the inspirational menu items and the winter one focuses on maple syrup. This current season is from the 23rd of August until the 27th of October and reservations for this had to be done well in advanced. In this case it was April 1st so you really need to keep an eye peeled for the invites. (more…)
The 411 Homestyle Bakery and Black Lion Pub is a recent brunch addition to the West Island. Situated in Beaconsfield, this lovely Homestyle and Black Lion Pub sounds like it’s a bakery situated in a pub. Well it’s not, it’s actually a pub and a bakery sharing the same space.
The 411 Over the years there have been more and more vegetarian and, in particular, vegan restaurants opening up in Montreal. This was not the case when we started. Finding a vegan spot in general was tricky and even more so a place that did brunch AND was vegan. You could always manage to get a vegetarian option on the menu since not every dish had meat in it so you were ok on that front. Nowadays some minor changes to a menu can allow a restaurant to offer a Gluten free option. Having Buckwheat crepes is one easy way of doing this but there are still many items on the menu that require a little more creativity to make them truly gluten free. So, when we passed by Resonance on Avenue du Parc, we were enticed to see that it was offering both a vegan & gluten free brunch.
The 411 For over 30 years, Restaurant La Raclette has been receiving patrons with its French and Swiss inspired menu. Within the last month or two, Restaurant La Raclette has begun offering a weekend brunch on the menu. When asked why, our waitress said that they wanted the brunch menu to match the dinner menu and respect the restaurant theme. Luckily, we now have a new brunch option a little more east, over on Gilford.
Over the last few months, a particular pastry has had the internet abuzz with images of lines going around the block, more than 2 hour long wait time and black market sales. What confectionery delight can cause this? Well, it is the all powerful Cronut. Hailing all the way from the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York city, this half croissant, half doughnut, a frankenpastry if you will, has got people talking and dreaming of this elusive pastry. So, when we heard that Montreal’s own La Cornetteria, over in little Italy, had come up with their own part croissant, part donught creation, we had to find out more.
The 411 Since I started doing this site, I have fallen in and out of love with Bernard street. When I first started, I felt Bernard was the place to go for brunch then as time passed I discovered new gems hidden in various neighbourhoods. Now, Bernard street was staring to get stale and some of my favourite spots were falling out of favour but some new spots opened up and started doing some interesting things and then, Bernard street started getting interesting again.
The 411 One day while walking down St Denis, I spotted a sign outside saying “Brunch”. To me, this is much like a light house signaling a ship. I meander over, I look at the menu, write down the address and add it to my list of places to review. I wish that weekends were more than two days and I can do brunch all the time but sadly we don’t live in that world so we slowly have to trim down the ever growing list of brunch spots.