Vic Market- A great post workout brunch
Every once and a while we hear of a spot in Westmount that offers brunch. This is a treat because Westmount is so small and has limited areas where there are restaurants, since the rest is primarily residential. In this case, it helps that our editor extraordinaire Kara takes works at the gym in Victoria Park and told me that they opened a café downstairs that does brunch. I had stopped in for a snack at the café before and liked its décor as well as the food so I was curious to see how a café tied to a gym would handle brunch since it’s generally not the healthiest meal of the day.
At 1st glance
Vic Market is a coffee shop meets mini grocery store. You can come in get a coffee, something to eat and pick up some groceries there. When we went, it was nice and sunny so we got to go on the street side terrace, which holds around 8 people with a 20-25 person capacity on the inside. When you walk into Vic Market you will likely see lots of people from the area getting ready for their workout or catching up after a class offered at the gym upstairs. I want to point out that this is not your typical gym juice or supplement bar, it’s a specialty café with food that has a healthy and tasty twist to it.
With its weekend brunch, Vic Market offers a short 1-pager. The menu is brought to you on a clip board and offers 5 main items and 7 sides (including drinks). Prices on the menu are at the 10$ mark with the exception for the Rosti which clocks in at $14.50. Coffee and bread is included in the main dishes so this makes for an affordable option. The menu does have some interesting items like a Rosti and a Shakshuka which you do not find on most brunch menus. The menu breakdown is as follows:
We started with a fruit bowl ($4.50) and toast with almond butter. The fruit had a lineup of strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, raspberries, and pineapple This is a nice assortment that you often will not see at other brunch places and for the amount we got, the price was fair. The almond butter is a welcome addition and, again, not often seen at most places. If you’re not familiar with almond butter, the consistency is not overly smooth but it is very good for you and quite tasty.
I, of course, had to try the smoothie ($5.15) which was more of fruit drink than a smoothie although it had to be one of the thickest fruit drinks I have ever had. What made this drink impressive is that it was incredibly refreshing and there was not a single drop left at the end. Since the flavours will change from time to time, I can tell you that the berry one was good and had a nice pronounced taste of strawberry.
The Pain Perdu ($10.50) seemed to be the day’s showstopper with white chocolate, strawberries, cocoa, strawberry jam, maple syrup and fruit. This dish was particularly important for me to see because a Pain Perdu is often listed on menu but most places try pushing a French toast and, to be honest, it’s not best thing. A Pain Perdu is usually thicker and has a different kind of denseness than French Toast. It also tends to be sweeter. In this case, it was extra sweet especially on account of the white chocolate and strawberry jam. This dish came with 3 fair-sized pieces of Pain Perdu, and it was so well made that explosion of taste was in every bite and considering we got fruit and coffee for $10.50, I would say it was a pretty good deal.
Service was quite good although the terrace service is a little slower than the inside service but nothing major to complain about.
There are plenty of vegetarian options although, by plenty I mean most of the menu is vegetarian friendly but with 5 items on the main menu it means you really only have a couple of options. You can also cobble together a vegan option with the fruit cup and bread, but nothing on the main menu is truly vegan. However, if you find yourself here for brunch, check out the other food options they have inside and you will find a large assortment of vegan food!
I was quite impressed with the taste of the dishes and more so with the price. For about $10 you get a full meal with fruit, toast and coffee. My dish alone would cost me $2-$3 more at other places, and it was a real Pain Perdu which is kind of hard to find since you usually get a French toast instead. So you definately get value and taste under the same roof
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