The 411 For some time now I’ve hear about Maamm Bolduc, the buzz about it has been positive, a breakfast spot where you can get your classic breakfast favourites at a decent price, generous portions and with little or no fuss. These spots are a staple feature of the Montreal brunch scene. Not every spot needs to reinvent breakfast; if you do it well for a fair price and make delicious meals then you have a winner. So now it is time to see if M Bolduc comes into this formula.
At 1st glance When you walk in you may sometimes be greeted by a lineup as it’s rather popular with people, but it has a quick turnover as well as a good capacity. The interior is very laid back, it can be a bit dark in some spots but the place has a warm welcoming feel to it. Things are laid back capacity is more in the 50 person range, there’s an outside terrace and they also have a hand drawn artistic menu, which is kind of cool.
Food The menu covers all the classic dishes and prices are generally under $10 and come with coffee and free refills. Oddly enough, waffles are missing but other than that you will find all your favourites. Now some dishes creep up above $10 and make it to the $14 zone but those are rare. You can almost get lost in the menu, not just because it’s artistic but rather that it has so many options and all are rather well priced. The menu breakdown is as follows:
Now having been here twice I had the chance to sample a variety of dishes and on two separate occasions so it is more random, since results can vary at some places depending on the day or month. We started with the Delice Omelette $9.99; which is a large omelette, with goat cheese and spinach, a side of potatoes, fruit and bread. The price is fair and you do get bread which some places don’t offer. The potato portion was generous, fruit slices rather thick, and the fruit selection was varied which included 2 cantaloupe slices although the pineapple was tough. The omelette itself was loaded with goat cheese and the spinach portion was generous. It was tasty and as an omelette plate goes, this one is quite filling.
Next came the Eggs Benedict Florentine $9.99. This dish has two eggs benedicts, with spinach feta and tomato. The feta is crumbled on top which is different from other eggs benedicts that I have had, I feel that topping it with feta is the best way to get the feta taste delivered. The spinach was present and tasty, the tomato was not really necessary and I did not see it adding anything, nor did it take away anything. A one eggs benedict dish is $8.99, so for an extra dollar it’s really worth getting the extra one. The dish also came with potatoes and fruit. The potato portions were generous although a just a little bit salty.
Next up on the list is the apple cinnamon french toast at $8.99. This dish is 3 french toast slices topped with pieces of apples, cinnamon and a side of fruit. The french toast slices are of normal thickness although you do get three of them for $8.99, which is quite good. The fruit side wasn’t really out of this world, although the slices were thick. The dish was sweet and did leave me satisfied but something was missing to take it to the next step further and make it a stellar dish. It was a comfort food dish but playing with the presentation and maybe adding some other ingredients may take it out of its comfort zone, although it is overall a fair dish that is filling and well priced.
Lastly came the combination plate at $10.50. This dish is of scrambled eggs, crepe, potatoes, beans, fruit, bread, and they also have an option two for the same price which is very similar. This dish is a good catch all dish that gets you you egg optiona, another main, and some sides and coffee, all for a very fair price. The fruit and potato portions are generous and they don’t leave much empty room on the plate, so you can walk out and feel like you only paid ten dollars and got a whole lot.
Service The first time the service was decent, although the second time resulted in me asking for coffee three times, and no one bringing it. It also took my friend asking the 1st person I has asked and then we got coffee. What made things worse was that I only got a half cup because the pot was empty and they never came back again. That coupled with slow service on the order taking side did not make us feel warm and fuzzy.
Vegetarian Many items on the menu are vegetarian friendly, so you can come here and have some choices. There are some specials that were a little more health conscious but no big vegan options.
Wrap up Overall it’s a safe bet for your classic breakfast lovers. The capacity is quite large, it’s very laid back and the plates are filling, as well as the prices fair. Now I did notice that some dishes are a tad out there in regards to price such as the smoked salmon eggs benedict which is priced at $14.95 for two eggs which is in my opinion a little on the high side, although the eggs benedict florentine 2 eggs options is $9.99 which is an excellent deal, so I don’t see why such a large discrepancy. Other than the service issue, and waffles not being on the menu it’s a good safe bet, were you can get some breakfast comfort food and fill up.
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