The 411 You may have heard about Laurier BBQ over the last year as the historic Montreal restaurant that worked with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey to give one of the most hyped renovations in Montreal’s restaurant scene. The relations with the celebrity chef have since ended but did you know that Laurier BBQ now offers a brunch menu? This made us very curious – a place that was quite popular and known for BBQ chicken is now doing brunch? Part of me was intrigued to try it since I never have and the other part of me wanted to see how you marry rotisserie chicken and brunch since you rarely see something like this.
The 411 St. Jacques Street isn’t known for brunch, at least besides the legendary and now defunct Picasso. There really aren’t any brunch spots in the area; a bunch of motels, yes, but not exactly an abundance of great places to eat. So when I heard that a breakfast spot opened there, my first question was: next to which motel? My second question was: is it yummy? So, it turns out that I have driven by this place a few times, and not because I have been frequenting the various motels in the area. I must have been subconsciously led to it on account of the giant egg sign. What can I say; I get drawn to these places.
The 411 Ham, as a single word can evoke so much passion among food lovers. Growing up I fell in love with prosciutto – its complex flavour, salty nature and ecstasy-invoking abilities. Nothing made me happier than being somewhere where I can indulge and go hog wild on it. Over the years, my preferences have changed, evolved even, but deep down inside I still yearn for taking a perfectly sliced piece and wrapping it around my finger and popping it in my mouth. When I passed by Hambar and saw cured meat hanging in the entrance, I felt like I was in heaven. Then when I found out they offered brunch, curiosity and excitement inspired me to see what was going on.