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Five brunches… Five styles

Avant-scène

Who doesn’t know where brunch originated? We love this concept, created by our neighbours to the south, especially for its relaxed pace, perfect for lazy Sundays and informal get-togethers among family or friends.Here’s a menu for a day of rest that is both pleasant and delicious.


Restaurant Le Cartet

Perfectly friendly
LE CARTET106, McGill, (corner Wellington), Montreal
Tel. : 514 871-8887

Local products and healthy cuisine are the house specialty at Le Cartet! The brunch menu offers many different versions of scrambled eggs is their dishes that are aptly-named… brunch! Sitting at the gorgeous wooden tables that emphasize the beauty of the place, coffee aficionados will love being served Illy coffee with their very generous meals. And why not take advantage of the onsite gourmet grocery shop to pick something up for your evening meal?


Restaurant Leméac

Simply chic
LEMÉAC
1045, West Laurier (corner Durocher), Outremont
Tel. : 514 270-0999

Connoisseurs of good food and fine wines will love Leméac. With its great location, distinguished clientele, and a wine list to impress even the most ardent of wine aficionados, this restaurant has had a reputation as one of Montreal’s top eateries since it first opened. Its brunch menu is on par with its dinner menu. What’s more? A big, yet intimate terrace.


Bistrot La Fabrique

Trendy atmosphere
Bistrot La Fabrique
3609, Saint-Denis, Montreal
Tel. : 514 544-5038

Bistrot La Fabrique has a unique decor. Their brunch is an extraordinary culinary experience: a mariage of French cooking basics and middle-eastern ­gastronomic influences”. Friendly chef and owner, Jean-Baptiste Marchand varies the menu according to what is inspiring him, and the menu is always creative.


Birks Café par Europea

Height of luxury
Birks Café par Europea
1240, Square Phillips, Montreal
Tel. : 514 397-2468

Feeling a bit peckish before your downtown shopping day? Why not drop in at Birks and discover their new Birks café par Europea, run by celebrated chef Jérôme Ferrer. Birks café offers a remarkable brunch menu for just under forty dollars (half-price for children), and who can resist the all-you-can-drink mimosa cocktails?


Toi, Moi & Café

Conviviality and good coffee
Toi, Moi & Café
244 West Laurier, Montreal, Tel. : 514 279-9599
2695 West Notre-Dame, Montreal, Tel. : 514 788-9599
220 Curé-Labelle, Rosemère, Tel. : 450 433-9599

If you want to brunch with family or friends in a place where you feel ­welcome, then Toi, Moi & Café is a must try. You will adore Toi, Moi & Café … if you consider coffee a delicacy (their assortment of equitable and organic coffees is served sparingly), and if your favourite summer sports include visiting sunny terraces.

Photos: marc cramer and Shayne Laverdière

S.T. Dupont