Treasure on Masson Street
On a lovely Sunday morning we went looking for a brunch place on Masson Street in the east end, only to find it closed. Now being an east end local I know that good brunch places are hard to come by so I was worried. We walked around and eventually found Eggstace; the decor was nice, the menu looked good and well priced so we took a chance.
At 1st glance
With its big open patio window on the street side and its big orange sign, your curiosity gets piqued and once you take a look at the menu on the side of the door you can’t help but want to walk in. The decor is modern but nice with attention to detail: the water bubble wall when you walk in, the large single stall washrooms, the large LCD TV’s as well as projection wall at the back all work well. The banquet seats against the wall are large and comfy and you will have to fight over who gets to sit there.
The menu has some good options and some very interesting ingredients used that I have never seen before. Their chasseur eggs Benedict ($12.95) comes with duck mushroom sauce and Porto, although sadly when I visited they did not have any duck so they could not make it. There is also another eggs Benedict with pesto on it. Prices for eggs Benedict range from $10.25-$13.25. They also have gratins which are melted cheese in a large crop pot of sorts with a base of vegetables and/or meat. I had the gratin Maraiche ($11.95) which comes with grilled vegetables on a bed of potatoes, 2 eggs on the side, toast and fruit. It was really good and the gratin was very large, although it could’ve used more fruit and more varied choice of fruit. Omelettes range from $7.25-$13.95 and, while I didn’t try it, I have heard great things about the pesto omelette. French toast and crepe price menu is a good sized portion and the prices range from $7.25 to $11.95. If you want to go for classic egg plates they have a couple options priced between $5.25-$10.90. The fruit juice is ok ($2.95-$5.75) but not that thick, I would pass on it and buy something else on the menu.
Service was very good and our waitress was very nice, funny and pleasant; she came for refills frequently and was great with her explanations of the plates.
Some plates are Veg friendly and the gratin Maraiche is pure vegetarian and very filling. As for vegans the fruit cup or plate is your only choice.
This place seems recently new and I hope it sticks around. I will definitely come back to try some other plates on the menu. Although it has a ramp making wheelchair access possible, the entrance point near the bar could be tight and the washroom which is huge does not have the hand rails to make it wheelchair accessible. I would also like to note that there is some confusion over the name as the outside sign reads Extase but the name on the bill reads Eggstase; one of them has to be right and I will clear this up next time I go.
| 3036 Rue Masson
Montreal, QC H1Y 1X6
Mon- Sun 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.
|Bottomless Cup Of Coffee||YES|
Gratin Maraiche ($11.95)