Le vieux Vélo, has been on my list of spots for a while and there has been talk about it on various sites and forums. The reviews have always seemed positive. It is situated in the meeting point of little Italy and Rosemont/Petite Patrie (well technically it’s in Petite Patrie), which are two spots with a need for more quality brunch places. To date, everything I had heard had mentioned good eggs Benedict. As you may know, that is my favourite dish. I will often try other dishes and try to get as many different ones as possible but I keep coming back to eggs Benedict so when people tell me I need to check out the eggs Benedict at a new brunch locale, I get curious and hungry.
At 1st glance
Vieux vélo is a bit of a throwback to the 80’s or at least how I remember my days in school (yeah I know, I’m dating myself). There’s something about those wooden chairs on metal frames with the yellow paint, the simple tables, the old school cups not to mention the menu being on ruled paper with typewriter font. Yes, when I was young there was no Internet, but we did have computers. The old school motif of this place is comfortable and on a sunny day it fills up with sunlight. The capacity is not a lot but you can still get a seat without waiting long which, in an area with not too many brunch spots, is a good thing.
With a breakfast / brunch option even on weekdays, you have a place where you can have a morning dish in the area that is not a greasy spoon. Also, they even have a lunch menu which has some salads, soups and sandwiches so you can get a vegan option in one dish, maybe two. The menu is a two page deal with a little under 20 options, some of which are lunch options. Prices are on average under $10 although, coffee is not included and will run you $1.50 but does come with free refills. The eggs Benedict section is quite prominent on the menu, so you can’t help but be tempted to try some. The menu breakdown is as follows:
- 3 Egg dishes: $5.00-$9.50
- 5 Eggs Benedict: $8.50-$9.50
- 1 French toast: $8.50
- 1 Bagel lox: $7.00
- 1 Fruit cup: $7.00
- 6 Sides: $2.50
- 2 Salads:
- 4 Sandwiches (with choice of soup or salad): $8.50-$9.50
- 1 soup: $4.00-$5.50
- 1 vegetarian chili: $8.50
We both went with the eggs Benedict. Not only was it the most represented item on the menu it also had some interesting concoctions like the B.A.B ($9.50) with avocado, brioche and a lemony hollandaise sauce and the vegepesto ($9.00) with grilled vegetables, cheddar and a pesto hollandaise sauce.
I started with the B.A.B. ($9.50) which is two poached eggs, brie, avocado, bacon strips, and a lemony hollandaise sauce. The dish came with a side of potatoes and some sliced mini tomatoes. The lemony hollandaise sauce was a tad lighter and refreshing than some thicker ones I have had and the amount was perfect in that the plate did not drown in it. The brie and avocado mix complimented each other nicely. The bacon did not really add much to the dish and could have been subbed with something else but ,to be honest, it did not take away from the dish either. I did feel that the sides were skimpy since there only a couple potatoes and the tomatoes added very little. I would rather have seen some fruit instead.
My friend had the Atlantique ($9.50) which is two poached eggs, smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onions, capers and their special lemony hollandaise sauce. This dish was very tasty and after having many mediocre eggs Benedict at other places, it was a refreshing experience to have a quality eggs Benedict. The hollandaise sauce once again delivered as it did in my selection. The smoked salmon was bursting in taste and the cream cheese was a nice touch that did not overpower the dish.
Service was OK. The staff did take our order promptly and they explained a dish for us but the coffee refills took forever and by that, I mean,I had to ask for it after waiting a while for the miracle of the coffee refill. Even after I got the first refill, they did not come by often to refill it again. I drink lots of coffee at brunch and hate it when I have to chase people down for refills.
The menu, has many vegetarian friendly options, with most dishes defaulted without meat, as for gluten intolerance, or vegans your best bet would be one of the 2 salads which are $7, although if vegan make sure they hold the cheese on one of them.
The eggs benedict were excellent! The price point of $8.50-$9.50 is quite good even though you need to add an extra $1.50 for coffee but even with that it comes out to under $12 for the most expensive dish which is fair. The sides that come with the plates are not very generous and for the future, I would drop the tomato and add some fruit but, in general, this does not take away from how tasty the eggs Benedict were. So, if you are an eggs Benedict fan, le Vieux Vélo may be for you.
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