Weekends in Montreal are as much about the splashy parties as they are the morning brunch that follows. Great stories begin with a toast to our health on Friday and Saturday nights and followed by a healthy helping of toast, Caesars, eggs Benedict and just about anything to cure that hangover while dishing about what transpired the night before. Here are our 5 picks for a great brunch in 5 of Montreal’s busiest neighbourhoods.
Liv (Mile-End) – With Spring thawing its way through the last remnants of winter, there’s no better time to try Liv. This amazing new Salad Bar on St. Laurent opened only a few months ago and is already a massive success that features some of the most robustly original (and healthy) salads in the city. Last week they kicked off their brunch (Saturday only) that will feature a delicious balsamic drizzled avocado toast, an antioxidant heavy salad with enough protein to put anyone back on track and a smoked trout Fairmont bagel covered with cream cheese, onion, dill, capers and cucumber. 5350 St Laurent Blvd
La Société (Downtown) – The late morning vibe in downtown Montreal, especially on a lazy Sunday, makes it one of the best times to be in the area. While the shops are just beginning to open La Société is also starting their French-influenced weekend brunch. With delicious choices like their savoury Olive and Parmesan cake, lobster Benedict (another Montreal classic) and even their classic breakfasts and sandwiches featuring eggs, bacon and roasted potatoes, La Société is a great choice in a central location. 1415 de la Montagne
La Grotte (le Plateau) – Le Plateau may be one of the easiest places in the city to find a good brunch. A choice that comes a bit out of left field is La Grotte. Known for their poutine and burgers, this huge Plateau restaurant may seem a little daunting at first (the décor is very busy) but the food is amazing and the service was great. The breakfast poutine (l’amateur de viande) has copious amounts of ham, sausage and bacon, comes topped with a fried egg and the wedge fries are covered in a savoury hollandaise sauce. If you’re hungover and ready to get to down to business, La Grotte is a great choice. 2000 Mont-Royal Ave E
Œuf et Bœuf (Rosemont) – Masson Street in Montreal is well known to some and a mystery to others. There are so many great restaurants on the street, it’s hard to choose where to haul in for brunch. Oeuf et Boeuf is a wonderful choice simply because of the food that they serve. The décor is over the top but food is out of this world. They have the big hits like the classic breakfasts and Benedict but it’s their breakfast bowls that really stand out. They are hearty, filled with the best ingredients and will leave you feeling a lot better after your night out on the town. These are not for the light snackers though so beware. 3100 Rue Masson
Le Valois (Hochelaga) – Le Valois is one of Hochelaga’s best known restaurants. The décor is outstanding, the terrasse will be a hotspot all spring and summer long and the food for brunch is almost legendary. The menu consists of gourmet stuffed crepes, wildly flavourful omelettes, croques monsieur or madame and more. It’s a classy brunch that will leave feeling freshly French and ready to gossip about anyone who is or isn’t present at the table. 25 Simon-Valois Pl