The Montreal restaurant scene is constantly changing, with new places popping up and old places closing down. Wilfred sur Laurier is the new kid on the block, having opened at the end of fall. They quickly started making waves as having an impressive brunch. So how impressive is it you may ask? Since our first visit we have been back 3 other times.
Having taken over the space left by La Petite Ardoise, this new kid on the block adds some signature dishes to the Montreal brunch scene. The interior is nice with seating up front, the possibility to reserve tables and space for a terrace in the back when summer finally arrives. There is a large bar on the right hand side near the back. The entrance has a covering creating a break for the wind so when people come in and leave the front door open for too long in winter it helps take the sting out of the whipping cold. On a related note, seriously, who keeps the door open in winter, I mean when you open your house door to mother nature in mid-winter do you keep it open as you stand there thinking about what you are going to order, or do you walk into the warmth, close the door behind like a well behaved human being and then do whatever you want to do? The answer is the latter, sorry just a little bitter from people who do this, you know who you are…
Food So now let’s look at the food, the menu is a single short page with a few items that cover most basics. Most dishes are between $12-$14 and coffee is $2 extra although you get free refills.
- Bread Baskets $6-$9
- Granola and yogourt $8
- Marinated Salmon on crepes $13
- Breakfast Salad with poached egg and pork flank $12
- Omelette $14
- Challah bread French toast $12
- 2 eggs sausage chipolata and polenta $13
- Cold breakfast stuffed eggs $12
- 6 sides $2-$7
One of our favourite items on the menu is the French toast $12. Now this is no ordinary French toast, it’s a Challah bread French toast with a custard cream and pumpkin. The slices of French toast are thick and they are the perfect mix of moist yet firm so they don’t get mushy. The custard on the side is a very nice and novel addition to an already outstanding dish. As French toast goes this one is quite memorable and even on subsequent trips I strongly suggest having it if you are a French toast fan.
The marinated salmon crepe $13 is another impressive dish, with a crepe base topped with salmon and shrimp. The shrimp seems to be based on availability as on some subsequent visits this dish did not come topped with shrimp. The portion is large and is actually quite filling even though its description does not lead one to think so.
Having come here on a couple occasions we were curious to try the omelet $14 as we had many of the other dishes. As omelettes go this one was quite generous, tasty and came with a side of bread and latkes. I enjoyed seeing latkes in this dish, it was a bit of a throwback and not something you see often on a brunch menu. It also makes the dish more filling. The omelette itself was tasty, nothing fancy rather, simple although tasty.
Service Every time we come the staff is always kind and helpful, from the host to our waitress, we are never rushed, they are helpful with menu decisions and joke around once and a while. This makes it a place you can feel comfortable with easily.
Vegetarian Many items on the menu are vegetarian friendly or have seafood in them, it’s a safe option for any vegetarian to go to.
Wrap up Wilfrid sur Laurier is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. You can go here and have a tasty meal with some incredibly impressive dishes like the Challah bread French toast and the salmon crepe. Once again the French toast is one of the best I have had in quite some time and is rather creative. Reservations are possible as well and it’s a great spot for any occasion. With a terrace in the summer this could be an ideal brunch destination. The only fault we could find is that it gets cold in the winter as the vestibule does not provide enough protection from the wind.
| 222 Avenue Laurier Ouest
|Bottomless Cup Of Coffee||YES|
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