A Paris cafe around the corner
Tucked away in Outremont (yet still close enough to downtown) Figaro is a breath of fresh air that takes you away from the urban landscape of traffic and noise and transports you to what many describe as a small piece of Paris. The ambiance is almost as delectable as the food.
At 1st glance
The interior is absolutely beautiful and it has a touch of class rarely seen in the city. Some of the older tables (near the corner window) have old industrial sewing machine bottoms and marble looking tops. Upon coming in you see a glassed off bin of croissants, each asking to be eaten. There is a giant coffee maker against the wall, and while it is more decorative than functional, it’s a wonder to look at. Although it is more a bistro than a breakfast place and the menu is limited, you should check this place out and add it to your list. The terrace is a definite must in the summertime; lounging in the open air with the sun above while having a coffee is the closest thing you can get to heaven.
Although Figaro is not primarily a breakfast place it does offer some options. If you’re a big eater who is looking for a 5 pancake stack with a side of bacon and sausage then this is not the place for you. If you’re in the mood of a smaller French breakfast, something consisting of a croissant, coffee and yogurt with fresh fruit, then you will be pleasantly pleased. There are 7 types of croissants to chose from, with ranging from Natural ($1.25), Almond paste ($2.25), to rum and chocolate ($2.75). It should be noted that the croissants here are some of the best in the city, so don’t pass up the chance to have one. There’re also fruit drinks to chose from like orange and strawberry ($3.50), banana, milk and honey ($3.50), and the elixir ($3.95) which is made of carrots, milk, honey, banana, fresh fruit with the option of egg (the egg actually makes it frothier and although it may seem odd it’s a good drink). There are 2 set brunch plates you can chose from at a fair price: the Special Bonjour ($7.95) which consists of orange juice, eggs on a croisant, ham, cheese, tomato and a cafe au lait, and the Brunch ($8.95) (actually called “Brunch”) which includes orange juice, eggs, crepes, ham, cheese, fruits and a coffee (with free refills)
Service is great here; the staff is always friendly and smiling and quick. Although I did notice something odd; they only hire really attractive women and they all smile at everyone. I suspect that management has some weird rule where if they make eye contact they are forced to smile. I will be investigating this matter and plan to get to the bottom of this mystery.
There are few options for vegetarians; both plates mentioned in the food section have ham in them. You may have to piece together something from the menu like fruit cups, yogurt and croissants, although this could add up to a few extra dollars. Although if you’re vegan you may find it hard since your options decrease considerably except for the fruit cup.
The terrace is to die for, and on a summer day it’s really breathtaking. Prices are fair, portions are not enormous but most appetites will be satisfied. Don’t miss out on the croissants. It should also be noted that washrooms are smallish, with only one stall.
| 5200, rue Hutchison
Outremont, QC H2V 4B3,
|Bottomless Cup Of Coffee||YES|
Elixir with egg