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Apr 16, 2010 02:18 PM

Ethnic brunch places?

Has anyone got any recommendations for ethnic restaurants that serve breakfast or brunch? I am going through a phase where I am finding bacon and eggs a bit ho-hum.

Specifically I was thinking Mexican or other Latin American, but once I started writing about it I started to get hungry and thought I may as well broaden this thread rather than posting another one later!

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  1. Byblos (Persian) - 1499 avenue Laurier Est

    Le Coin du Mexique (Mexican) - 2474 Rue Jean-Talon E (near Iberville)

    I also recall a similar thread in the past, let me search for it...

    EDIT: couldn't quickly find the link but here's another place I remembered:

    Coin Méchoui (Egyptian)
    72, boul. St-Jean-Baptiste - Local 123
    Tel.: 450.716.1213

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      1. re: kpzoo

        We were at Marché Central today around noon and I spotted Senzala on L'Acadie nearby, so we decided to give it a try. They serve brunch both Saturday and Sunday.

        He got the feijoeda (a smidge overpriced at 17$) - smoky black beans with chorizo and other bits of meat, which came in a clay cazuela, along with potato wedges, garlicky collard greens, polenta, breadcrumbs, and a few slices of grapefruit on the side.

        I got the ovos gratinés "tropical" -- poached eggs atop an avocado in a tomato sauce and gratinéed cheddar (13.50$ or so), also served in a cazuela, and a variety of sliced fruit on the side, including pithaya, and bit of bread. Brunch comes with a flute of OJ and a bottomless cup of coffee. It was tasty, filling. We'd go again, should we find ourselves in the area.

        We also shared a mango batida, which was like a thick lassi made with coconut instead of milk.

        Senzala does not look like much outside, but it is in a nice large space with a funky, modern decor. They have a full bar, so you can also get a caipirinha or a caipiroska, if so inclined.

        1. re: TheSnowpea

          Thanks for the report - sounds good! Do you know if this place is related to the Senzala on Bernard (not sure if it's still there).

          1. re: kpzoo

            I wondered about that: the website only lists one address. It certainly has a more grandiose vibe than the one on Bernard.

            1. re: TheSnowpea

              There is also another Latin-American place La Carreta (Salvadorian) which does a Sunday brunch. I have always meant to try this place. Maybe someone can tell us how and if it compares to Senzala at all.

      2. Also... Chinese dim sum. Kam Fung, Chez Chine and Ruby Rouge are popular places to go in Chinatown.

        1. There's a place across from Abu Elias that serves a lebanese breakfast. IIRC the name is Baladi.

          1. El Chalateco (520 Beaubien East, 514-272-5585), makes a nice Salvadoran breakfast. Pupusas are excellent too (probably available at breakfast time, not completely sure).

            1. Sablo Kafe - St Dominque and St Zotique. Great mediteranian, turkish inspired, breakfast and very reasonable.
              Rumi's - good breakfasts - again turkish and persian inspired. Similar to Sablo, but bigger portions and more expensive. In Outremont.

              Sablo Kafe
              50 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montreal, QC H2S1K6, CA

              5198 Rue Hutchison, Outremont, QC H2V4A9, CA

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                1. re: spectraversa

                  Hi spectraversa,
                  Can you describe some brunch offerings of Sablo? I can't find very much on the web.

                  1. re: hungryann

                    Sadly, Sablo has been closed for some time. :(