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Chateau Vaudreuil

Chateau Vaudreil – All you can eat brunch by the water

The 411

chateau-vaudreil-outside-smallIn life there a few things that really rock my boat; one of them is brunch and the second is weddings and in particular, the food at weddings. Now, when I found out that one of my friends was getting married I was really happy and then when I found out he was doing a wedding brunch at Chateau Vaudreuil, I was ecstatic. I have heard very good things about brunch here, a few of my friends went and were very impressed. I had been here only once before but not for the brunch and remembered that it was an impressive location bordering the water and with really nice views and good service.

At 1st glance

all-you-can-eat-brunch-buffet-3chateau-vaudreil-smallNow, Chateau Vaudreil is not exactly in Montreal, it’s kind of west and by west I don’t mean west Island I mean off the Island in the Vaudreil sur-le-lac / Vaudreil-Dorion area. The brunch is only offered one day a week on Sundays and will cost you $39 for adults, $19.99 for 4 to 11 year olds and free for children under 3 years. The hotel itself is very nice with rich wood leather seats on the inside and the restaurant sits at the end of the main hallway. They have a sign for proper attire which I assume means the normal stuff, you know the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” deal as well as some essentials like no mullets, and NO crocs. There is also an awesome outside terrace with an ample seating area that, on a sunny day, is breathtaking especially with the water close by.

Food

brunch-plate-1-chateau-vaudreil-smallWow where to begin, since there’s so much food. Right off the bat I do need to be clear that the offering is more on the lunch side of brunch than on the breakfast side. The setup is such that you get the all you can eat buffet then an option from the menu which is usually a chicken or beef dish. Since this was a wedding the menu is not the same so I will focus on the buffet component. In the buffet you will not find a dozen omelettes, or waffle stations or eggs done many ways. That being said you will see Eggs Benedict, warm crepes, stuffed crepes, smoked salmon, chocolatines, brunch-plate-2-chateau-vaudreil-smallcroissants, fresh fruit and some other non traditional yet brunch-like food items such as mussels, calamari, a chocolate fountain and a wide assortment of cheeses to name a few. For those who want more of a lunch you can get your choice from the pasta station, an enormous dessert offering with lots of cakes, even vegetarians and vegans don’t get left out with tons of varied fresh fruit, couscous, beans, vegetables, salads and olives. Now, like any brunch buffet you need to bring two things; your appetite and you’re A-game, since lines will form and you will end up waiting for food unless you are smart (or willing to steal from a small child).

brunch-plate-4-chateau-vaudreil-smallI had a bunch of stuff but will break it down into 3 dishes. The first one being comprised of eggs Benedict, stuffed crepe, mussels, smoked salmon, shrimp, calamari and lima beans. The eggs Benedict were very well done and the taste was present. They were also at the perfect temperature which is hard for buffets to get right since some places have them almost cold because they stay out too long but this was not the case. The smoked salmon was good and the mussels were fresh and tasty. The stuffed crepe was unique and was unlike any other kind of stuffed crepe I had. The jam they used had a nice sweetness that was not overpowering. The calamari was very good and I ended up getting some more on subsequent trips to the buffet.

brunch-plate-3-chateau-vaudreil-smallSecondly came the sweet plate, this was because the lineup to the normal buffet section was really long. I took advantage of the chocolate fountain, which had 3 choices of fruit. This was situated near the pasta bar with chefs making pasta in front of you. I thought that this was a nice touch and although I did not feel like having pasta I can see how some people like it. The sweet table was loaded with varied fruit, cheeses, mousses, Jell-O, and lots of cakes, which were constantly being replenished, I think I counted almost over a dozen different types of cakes and pies (and by counted I mean ate). The selection was very diverse and everything delivered in the taste department. I also want to take this time to highlight one of my favourite brunch buffet techniques is that when the line is long in one section go to another station just because no one else is having dessert that doesn’t mean that you can’t. I would return a second time to the dessert section and end up getting some warm stuffed crepes as well as mini pastry’s and more fruits (cherries, pear, pineapple…)

In between the two dessert plates, I went into a hybrid of salty and stuff that looked yummy, basically the main brunch line had emptied and everyone was at the dessert table. I loaded up on prosciutto, boccocini, fried calamari, battered broccoli and cauliflower. Although all the items on my plate were delicious the true stars were the fried cauliflower and broccoli, which had a nice yet not too greasy batter.

Service

Technically there is little service with a buffet but we did have staff come and clear our plates very frequently and the coffee refills were quite frequent. The staff was very nice and quick so I was happy.

Vegetarian

all-you-can-eat-brunch-buffet-2-chateau-vaudreil-smallAlthough vegetarian and vegan options are often something I have to work hard to write on since most places tend to serve meat, the buffet offers many options and many of them are vegetarian and even vegan. There are lots of salads and an abundance of fruits, couscous, with vegetables ranging from cauliflower to tomatoes. You can actually get full on many varied options and not be limited to only a few choices. This is a much appreciated benefit since the weakness of most buffets in regards to vegetarian and vegan options is that those that they do have are very limited and boring. This is not the case here; you actually get choice.

Wrap up

all-you-can-eat-brunch-biffet-chateau-vaudreil-smallAlthough the $39 is a good chunk of change to put down for a buffet, you do get a lot of choice and it is very tasty and fresh. In fact, as brunch buffets go, this is the one with the best quality of food I have ever been to. Also, the fact that you get a full course after the buffet (although excessive since the buffet is enough) you can ensure that you will not walk out but rather roll or waddle out from the loads of food you will consume. The only criticism I have is that I would have liked a couple more options that are traditional breakfast since this leans more on the lunch side than breakfast – maybe adding an egg/omelet station would be a nice touch. I suggest checking it out if you are in the mood for a nice brunch buffet as well I strongly suggest eating outside on a sunny day as it really adds something to the experience.


21700, route Transcanadienne
Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC J7V 8P3
(450) 455-0955

Sunday 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

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4 Comments »

  • Eric says:

    Had this buffet one Christmas. Its a lot of food. Its crazy that there’s several tables full of food but they still come around to take your order of a “main course” if you want…and everyone orders one!

    • Jane says:

      I tried the Chateau Vaudreuil brunch at my friend’s wedding this summer. Most things in the above review are very true. I’d like to add a few things though:
      Positives: Really yummy spinach eggs benedict; they now have an omelet station; lots of variety; beautiful views of the terrace if you have a window table or are sitting in the section reserved for private groups

      Negatives: $4.00 for one glass(about 200ml) of orange juice! Poor waiter/waitress service. Either they were really short staffed or the staff was having an off day. Nobody seems to be around when you have a question to ask and when you do ask somebody they seem politely irritated and in a hurry to get away from you. The first cup of coffee took over an hour to get after asking for it several times-the first cup of tea took even longer than that! I would have been fine getting up and pouring my own coffee a la buffet style but there was no coffee jug in sight, and when the jug of orange juice was spotted and we poured some for ourselves, we were told that we are not supposed to take the jug. I don’t even get that one because after having asked the calmly harried, disappearing waitress for orange juice several times without any results, you would think that she’d be happy we were giving her one less thing to do! In fact, getting any of o our beverages was like pulling and insanely difficult tooth. When we first sat at our table, the waitress was completely unaible to explain how the buffet/ menu service worked and how it was priced. There was no written explanation inside the dining room either. There was one somewhere in the room hotel guide and I think at the entrance to the dining room, but even those did not tell you that their orange juice costs $4.00 dollars a glass! (I’m really hung up on this as you can tell). If they did mention something, it was really not noticeable baecause my friend and I would definitely not have oredered it. BTW it now costs about $43 dollars per person, not including the darn orange juice! I felt so cheated.. I was also paying for my friend and it cost me $124.00 with the taxes and the mandatory gratuity. I did not tip our waitress for the next-to non-existent service. Not sure what was going on with her but she looked tired and kind of stressed so maybe she was overwhelmed with customers or she wasn’t comfortable speaking English. Her English was fine when she finally got around to telling us that we also had the option of ordering a beef, or chicken, or fish, or veal a la carte dish to go with our buffet options. By that time we had all stuffed ourselves on the buffet and had even had some dessert, because we thought that the buffet was all that was offered due to her lack of explanation when we first sat down. I ordered a chicken breast in a mushroom sauce and I will say that it was very tasty and moist but might not be great for those who cannot have salt. The seasoning was quite noticeable but good. People should also know that the buffet is really mainly salads, vegetables and legumes with some battered and fried things like broccoli, calamari, etc. There is smoked salmon and boiled eggs too. The omelet station consists of someone who pours a thin layer of beaten eggs into a frying pan and tops it with your choice among finely chopped onions, peppers, tomatoes, ham, cheese, and possibly mushrooms. There were six options and you could choose your combination. She puts about two large tablespoons of your filling combo in the middle of the eggs and folds your omelet over before sliding it onto your plate. It was nice but quite small and rather dainty. You could make more satisfying omelets at home. I guess you could come back for more but in case they cut you off after a few too many times in line you could also take two or three plates, ordering an omelet for each as if you’re ordering them for other people, and then sliding them all onto one plate for yourself when safely back at your table. I did not try just asking the cook for two omelets on one plate because the whole affair felt like one must carry oneself with dignity and decorum when acquiring one’s omelet so as not to seem greedy and ill mannered before one’s patiently waiting (and hungrily observing) fellow omelet seekers. Anyway, I took both an omelet and half of a spinach eggs benedict for myself, and cannot say that I was satisfied in the egg department. Be aware that those are your only egg options on the breakfast side of things-no regular eggs benedict, nor any scrambled eggs or sunny-side ups etc. There are absolutely no breafast meat options (sausage, bacon) and no toast, plain pancakes or breakfast potatoes. I was really in a breakfast mood so I did not think to check the big cold buffet for any ham. I could only find pancakes that were filled and covered with buttery sugared apples pieces, or some kind of berry jam or compote. Tasty, but really filling and more dessert-like. I would suggest you take just one. They did have cheese and chopped melon, strawberries, oranges, grapes and possibly other fruits. Did not see any yogourt or granola. Overall, if you really want breakfast, order and eat it in your room or you will be less than satisfied. The buffet is overwhelmingly more lunch than breakfast. Good luck getting something to drink. Save room for the a la carte menu, and make sure that if you are a practical sort of person, you are willing to overpay for a meal that can honestly be described as alright.

  • debbye rochon randisi says:

    IT’S MY PARENTS 50 TH ANNIVERSARY on the 26 th of june 2011.Do i have to reserve the restaurant for 50 or 60 people?

    • admin says:

      With a group that large I would call in advance and try to book something, they have sections that can hold that many people their number is (450) 455-0955

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