A Montreal Institution
Although located in an unassuming building on the corner of Mont-Royal and St-Urbain, Beauty’s has been a Montreal landmark serving brunch dishes since 1942. Often referred to as the grand daddy of Montreal Brunch eateries, it is simply a spot that you must go to. Even if you are not a fan you need to go just to experience a piece of history and help put into context all other breakfast places.
At 1st glance
From the outside you wonder what is so special about this place as it is very run of the mill and in fact looks a bit run down. But once you spot the line-up trying to squeeze its way into the very tight doorway you quickly figure out not all is as it seems. Once inside (expect a good 25-35 minute wait on weekends) you will be taken back to what can only be described as a living time capsule. The decor is similar to an old style dinner, yet still well kept, the small 2 person banquet seating is quite snug and if you are of ample frame don’t even try it since it will be tight. The short order counter is really cool, but the main thing to notice is what’s posted on the walls. You will find posters for some of their famous smoothies and banana pancakes posters (my fav) and deep in the back under this giant clock with green neon light is a how to build the perfect bagel and cream cheese schematic style poster.
Now that you’re seated here comes the fun part. The Brunch menu is about a page long and offers some classic choices, nothing too fancy but good old school breakfast food. The famous smoothies ($6.00) come in 6 choices like the Classic, Blueberry, Cookies and Cream, and Apple Pie to name a few. The size of the smoothie is enormous and actually big enough for two to share. There is a choice of 12 omelettes ($10.50) and for an extra $1.50 they can be made with egg whites for those health conscious individuals. The Nova entree platter weighs in at $18.00 and is a build it yourself platter that is comprised of 2 bagels, tomatoes, onions, butter, cream cheese and some strips of salmon. This plate is tasty but it’s quite pricey and the amount of salmon should be greater considering the price being paid, especially since other places offer the same thing for less and with larger quantities. The fruit plate ($10.00) comes with a choice of cottage cheese or yogurt; the cottage cheese is quite tasty although a side of toast would’ve been nice. The French toast ($9.50) is quite a treat especially since it’s made with challah bread. This is to my knowledge the only place in the city where you can find challah bread French toast. The plate comes with 2 thick slices of either bacon, sausage or ham, fruit or home fries. One item that we did not have time to try on account of being too full is the homemade banana cake, although all who have had it have highly recommended it.
The service is excellent, the staff is funny and nice, coffee refills are frequent and you don’t need to chase down the staff for your bill.
There are some vegetarian options such as the omelettes and fruit plates and if you’re a pesco-vegetarian the bagel, cream cheese and salmon will work. If you are vegan you may be out of luck since even for the fruit plate you will need to ask to drop the dairy that comes along with it.
Line-ups can be long and the inside is not large but the decor should not be missed. Food is tasty but some plates (like the Nova platter) are $2-$3 pricier than it should be since other places will often some similar dishes for less and with an extras.
| 93, avenue du Mont-Royal Ouest
Montréal, QC H2T 2S5
Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
|Bottomless Cup Of Coffee||YES|
Nova Entree Part I ($18.00)
Nova Entree Part II ($18.00)<
Fruit Plate ($10.00)
French Toast Challah Bread ($9.50)