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Jun 10, 2008 08:42 AM

Exotic Brunch

I'm looking for a different brunch experience for this Sunday and wonder if there are any suggestions out there. My usual places would be Byblos or dim sum to fit this bill but I was wondering if anyone has any other ideas. Also, the place would need to be able to accomodate a group of eight (including 2 kids).

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  1. What about Melchorita for a Peruvian brunch? I've never been but have heard interesting things. See review here:

    It also seems family friendly, found this in another blurb: "An ideal place to bring the entire family"

    Good luck!

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    1. re: kpzoo

      Melchorita is great for breakfast as long as you like meat (which I do) but might be found lacking by those who prefer a lighter breakfast / brunch. It is very family friendly, and there are always a couple of kids running around.

      1. re: Moosemeat

        Sounds good but I am not sure I can sell the meat focus to the whole crowd. Are there other options?

        1. re: fergus

          As far as I remember there are really only two breakfast options (I haven't been in a while though) and they are both meat centric.
          I just remembered that the Caribbean place on Notre Dame near atwater offers up a really good Sunday brunch. Can't remember the name of the place though.

            1. re: emerilcantcook

              If memory serves, yes. I think almost all the Caribbean places in montreal have Akee and saltfish on the menu.

    2. Resevoir on Duluth.

      definitely a unique brunch place!

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      1. re: jarschef

        I wouldn't call Reservoir exotic (it is modern bistro/pub cooking), but it is indeed good. Actually I am not sure what the OP means by exotic to start with. If that is something other than bacon and eggs and has some non-Canadian ethnic provenance, maybe Senzala could fit the bill. I haven't been, and had read some mixed reviews, but it is all I can think of right now.

        1. re: emerilcantcook

          By exotic I was refering to anything other than your typical bacon and eggs, french toast,etc...Maybe not the best description. Suggestions like Melchorita and Senzala are what I was looking for.

          1. re: emerilcantcook

            i guess it's not exotic.. but it isn't a typical brunch menu.
            the post said a different brunch experience and i definitely find it delicious and different from the typical breakfast diner food : )

        2. Anise does brunch which I have been led to believe is excellent. The brunch menu is online;

          1. Rumi - in their original location across from the Figaro - has a few brunch offerings. I haven't tried it but if it's anything like their regular menu, I'm sure it's outstanding.

            Aux Vivres - another I haven't tried - but a friend loves it. I believe it's vegan, or at very least, vegetarian.

            I personally really love the brunch at Caffe della posta. It's not especially exotic but it's certainly a little different. Le Cartet is also great. Again, less of a greasy spoon interpretation of brunch but not highly exotic either.

            1. This just came to my mind: Fuchsia Epicerie Fleur; but they only do brunch on Saturdays. So if you are a little bit flexible, it might also fit the bill.

              It is not "ethnic" food, but the proprietor incorporates flowers/herbs to every dish to make things different than how they are usually made. The menu is set, a vegetarian plate and some sort of cookie/dessert and sometimes a flowery drink. The offerings change everyday depending on the mood of the owner. The atmosphere is a cross between a gourmand-bohemian potluck and a Berkeley commune. It is also a dog friendly place, so if you have a pet you can take it there (they have a grocery store licence to allow dogs in). There is almost a West coast vibe in it, and it is indeed an experience.

              You can check the menu from here: