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Sep 3, 2009 01:03 PM

Brunch in Downtown Montreal

Any ideas for an interesting brunch (around 11 am) on Sunday somewhere downtown? Preferably walking distance to Place Bonaventure...

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  1. My first tought is Le Cartet, on McGill street (NOT to be mistaken with McGill College), below Notre-Dame, walkable, especially in this weather.

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    1. re: sweettoothMTL

      We ended up at Le Cartet yesterday morning, I quite enjoyed it. Three of us had the Brunch des Cantons, while my other friend had a plate of fruit, a croissant and a baguette.
      The highlights of the meal: the sausage in the Brunch des Cantons and the truly tasty beans; the freshly pressed orange juice and the great capuccino, along with great presentation.
      We were disappointed by the bread (the baguette was so dry and hard that we had trouble chewing it, we left half of it there) and the fact that the bacon and ham in the Brunch des Cantons dishes were burnt, almost not eatable.
      All in all it was a good breakfast and a place I will return to hoping that next time there will be less burnt stuff in my dish and that the bread will be fresher.

    2. Not really downtown, but I'm a fan of the Sparrow on St Laurent.

      1. Not really downtown but Griffintown Cafe just east of Lucien Lallier on Notre Dame... Dylan the chef is cooking each himself with a new menu..... the huevos, breakfast burger, and cochon sandwich are great! as well as his brioche french toast.....

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        1. re: KzenCass

          I second Griffintown Café. Went there last weekend. It's a reasonable walk to old Montreal or downtown, great atmosphere, and the food's better than the Sparrow, in my opinion.

          1. re: KzenCass

            We had brunch at Griffintown Café Saturday and I must say, I was very impressed. We arrived around 1:30pm and were seated immediately. My americano was made perfectly and it was served with a tiny jug of hot frothed milk, hubby enjoyed a moka. We had the hueuvos divorciados with pulled pork and the crab cake with fried eggs and bacon. Their bacon is thick, which would normally not be something I enjoy, but I ate every single bite. Both options were clear winners. We will be returning soon to try the eggs benedict and burgers.

            1. re: causeimhungry

              Garage Beirut Cuisine Libanaise on Mackay (metro Guy-Concordia, south of Sainte-Catherine) has a nice Lebanese brunch on Sundays from 11-3 if you are looking for something a bit different. Good Turkish coffee there, too.