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Saturday, November 1, 2014

BRUNCH AT LE NID POULE

We were browsing online and noticed a new brunch spot popped up called "Le Nid Poule", located on Mont Royal. We decided to check it out. As we pulled up closer to the restaurant, we noticed that it took over La Grand-Mere Poule, a restaurant that was very well known on Mont Royal.

Le Nid Poule has a catchy sign, so you will not miss it. That morning they had their garage door open, which let in fresh air into the restaurant. It also gave you a preview to what you were walking into. 

The colour palate of the restaurant is really great. Their decorations and all the little details add to the coziness of the space.  It's inviting, it's fun (you definitely need to check out their bathroom!). 

That morning it was quite full. We had to wait in line, but since we were only two people, we didn't wait too long. There's a little waiting area but most people had to stand outside.  While we were waiting, the hostess gave people a sample of their homemade smoothies- a nice little tasting while we waited.

M was pretty impressed with the smoothie (or 'cocktail'), so she ordered one; a small was $3.15. She also ordered a cup of joe ($1.75) and G ordered a small latte ($3.25). Both fit the bill and were good. No complaints.  For  the extra thirty lady or gent, you can order a cold beer for $5.75.

They have a 10 page menu. Each page is dedicated to some type of category: fruits, bagels & bread, egg platters, gourmet dishes, omelettes, eggs benedict, the 'sweets' (french toast and pancakes). They also have a child menu and an extensive list of side dishes (basically anything is possible to order!). The prices range from $6 (2 eggs) to $14 (eggs benedict).  Most of the dishes come with potatoes and fresh fruit.  G decided on a non traditional egg benedict and M chose a fancy crepe. 

"Le Maisonneuve" (Eggs Benedict) - $12.25
2 scrambled eggs with spinach, on toasted baguette, goat cheese,
sun dried tomatoes and creme fraiche
"Crepe en Folie" (Gourmet Breakfast)- $11.45
Crepe, scrambled eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese, maple syrup and green salad

Even though we were only two people, we waited nearly an hour for our dishes. As you can see, our dishes were nothing too complex. Our waitress was extremely apologetic the entire time, but it was a completely unacceptable that we waited so long. It was the longest wait we have ever experienced during breakfast! 

In terms of taste, it was okay, definitely nothing extraordinary though. G's dish was definitely more flavourful but her potatoes weren't great. They didn't taste fresh and were cold. M's crepe was missing a little something, too. Her salad also didn't come with a dressing- so we had to wait another few minutes for that. 

Our bill at the end of the meal was quite expensive - we definitely didn't think it was worth it. The plates were quite small for what you pay. 

Would we go back again? Definitely not. Would we suggest to try it out- it depends. It seems that this place has a lot of potential so maybe they are still ironing out a few kinks. You be the judge! 

What We Wore
Dress: H&M, Sunglasses: D&G
Necklace: URBAN PLANET, Lipstick: CHANEL "COCO", Earrings: CHANEL
Purse: CHANEL 2.55, Shoes: TARGET, Nails: NARS (PHILIP LIM) 
Shirt: H&M
Sunglasses: COLE HAAN, Hat: Purchased at NYC Vendor
Purse: LACOSTE, Shorts: GAP, Shoes: TOMMY HILFIGER
Round Up
Service- 1/5
Atmosphere- 4/5
Taste- 2.5/5
Price- 2.5/5 

Details
Le Nid Poule
1361 Avenue Mont Royal Est
Montreal, QC
H2J 1Y5
514 521-4419
Reservations: NO
Wheel Chair Accessible: NO
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit

Le Nid Poule Dejeuner on Urbanspoon


Sunday, October 19, 2014

BRUNCH AT LE POIS PENCHÉ

If we're being honest, going downtown for brunch (or dinner for that matter) isn't at the top of our list, especially near Crescent. Le Pois Penché however, is a place that does stand out from all the other tourist joints that serve mediocre food. This restaurant has a great reputation  and is a landmark in Montreal. We were headed to the area to see the Faberge exhibit at Montreal Fine Arts Museum, so we thought brunch at Le Pois Penché would be the perfect way to start our day.  We also made reservations the day before via opentable.  When we arrived, our table was ready. A great way to start the brunch experience!


At first glance, you will see that the restaurant is very large. There's copious amounts of seating, so it's perfect for groups. It's also the perfect place for a special gathering as the decor is beautiful; It has a french brasserie style but with some upscale elements. 


There's also a huge terrase outside. Unfortunately it was a rainy day, so we weren't able to take advantage of it. 


We started off with a cafe au lait and filtered coffee.  Both were great. We had friends join us as well, and one ordered the smoothie of the day($5) and the other a fresh grapefruit juice ($4). They were very satisfied with their beverages, too. 



As we waited for our meals, our waiter brought baguette and homemade jams; fig-almond jam and raspberry. It also came with butter. The bread was very fresh and toasted to perfection. The jams were absolutely delicious, especially the fig. It was a little treat before getting our entrees. It was included in the entree prices. 



Their menu offers 8 options: greek yogurt and fruit ($14); classic eggs benedict ($16); lobster eggs benedict ($28); parisian omelette ($15); montreal bagel, smoked salmon with cream cheese ($16); quiche of the day ($14); american breakfast ($18); pineapple pancakes ($15).  There is also four side options: 12 hr slow cooked bacon ($4), duck sausage ($5), mixed berries ($7), baguette and jam ($3), and an egg ($2.50).  You can also order off their lunch menu that offer items such as mussels and fries, tartare, fresh seafood, etc. Items ranged between $8- $28. 
Quiche of the Day and Fresh Green Salad

Pineapple pancakes with Strawberry, Nuts and Creme Fraiche

Omelette, Potatoes and Fresh Fruit

Our dishes were tasty; everyone at our table that morning was satisfied.  While the prices of the dishes are a bit expensive, the quality of the dishes made up for the price. 

The hostess and waiter were both extremely friendly and made you feel welcome, and most importantly, comfortable. Our waiter took our order quickly, but the food took very long to come to our table. We had to ask twice where our food was. Normally we are very understanding when it's busy, but there were only 5 tables that were occupied (not really any excuse to wait long). While we were waiting for our dishes though, he filled up our bread basket a second time and refilled our coffee cups frequently. When we finished our breakfast, we didn't feel rushed to get out- we were able to finish another cup of coffee and talk. 

Overall, Pois Penche was a fantastic brunch. The atmosphere is posh and the food is high quality. While the prices are a little higher than normal, you do get fresh baguette, homemade jams and coffee with your order.  We especially love the fact that you can make reservations- this is something that many brunch places do not do. They serve brunch from 10 am - 4 pm, so you don't need to feel too rushed to get out of bed for brunch. If you're downtown, we definitely recommend Le Pois Penche. We can't wait to go back! 

What We Wore
Dress: Merona via TARGET, Shoes: ALDO
Necklace: TARGET
Nails: CHANEL "Nouvelle Vague"
Purse: CHANEL "The Executive", Bracelets: TIFFANY AND CO.
Umbrella: LADUREE 
Shirt: COLUMBIA, Shoe: NIKE
Shorts: OLD NAVY, Watch: LACOSTE
Umbrella: TOTES, Hats: POLO

ROUND UP
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 4.5/5
Taste:4.5/5
Price: 3/5


DETAILS
1230 Boul. De Maisonneuve West
Montreal, QC.
514 667 5050
Reservation: YES
Types of Payment: CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT
Wheelchair Accessible: YES

Le Pois Penché on Urbanspoon


Rainbows,
The Beauty and The Babe
xox




As we said, we headed downtown to check out the Faberge showing. Here's a few photos from that afternoon. 







Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRUNCH AT BAGEL ETC

In mid June, Mural Festival took over the streets (walls, actually) of Montreal. The majority of events were taking place along St Laurent boulevard. Since the streets were closed, we thought we would find a breakfast spot nearby. We've always wanted to check out BAGEL ETC, so we decided to try it out, especially because there was no line outside. Bagels Etc is a staple among Montrealers- it's been around since the 1980s. 


Seeing that St Laurent was closed off to vehicles, they had a temporary terrase for the afternoon. We sat outside, but still managed to a few photos of the inside.  

Stepping in, you'll notice that Bagels Etc feels like a diner. There is an interesting decor that is edgy with special little details such as interesting artwork, lamps, and vintage deco. It's also quite large- a lot of space. It's a big change from the outside, since the exterior is super simple and looks kind of small. 



Since the street festival was going on, we definitely wanted to sit out. Their terrace was not anything special- simple tables and chairs, mixed and matched.  




We ordered standard coffee ($1.70$) and it was good (and bottomless cup!). When our waitress served it to us though, the coffee was spilled all over. Things like this may be minor to some people, but we think its details like this that contribute to service quality. 



The menu offers a lot of choices, ranging from classic breakfast plates (eggs, meat and potatoes) to more interesting dishes. There was a good selection omelettes, eggs benny, eggs florentine, and other goodies like huevos rancheros. Prices were fair, ranging from $7-$14.

We wanted to stick to more breakfast staples, so M decided on eggs, pancakes, sausage and potatoes. G chose the mish mash, a blend of eggs, sausage, peppers and onions. They offered a variety of breads, which was very nice. We decided on a bagel (duh) and rye bread. 




The food was incredible! We fully understand why there's a lineup every time we drive by this place, even in the dead, snowy winter. One thing we can say is don't come here if you're counting calories- you can tell they don't use a light hand on the butter (which probably makes everything so much delicious, let's be honest). The potatoes were also great- they had the skin on them, telling you that they are super fresh. The pancakes were also super yummy- fluffy, moist, simply perfect. The bread was great too- fresh! 


In terms of service, we felt this where they could have improved. Our waitress that morning was not friendly and rarely came around to fill out coffee mugs. At one point, we had to get up twice, to get extra napkins and then water; she rarely paid attention to us and even had to ask another waitress for a utensil at one point. Also, when it came time to pay it took FOREVER. There was a huge line to pay with their one debit/credit machine - we waited 30 minutes which we think is completely unacceptable. We suggest paying with cash, because on a busy morning, this can be a major annoyance.  

Would we go back again? Definitely! While the service was a bit problematic, we think it was the specific waitress we had that morning- it seemed that everyone else was being well taken care of. The atmosphere is fun and the food is delicious. Our final bill came up to a little less then $40 for two people, after the coffees and 1 extra pancake. Be sure to get there early though as they don't take reservations. 

WHAT WE WORE
Skirt: SMART SET, Shoes: 
Shirt: GAP, Purse: ALDO
Glasses: D&G, Earrings: via TARGET, Lips: TOO FACED "Melted Fuschia"
Shirt: purchased via TARGET, Watch: LACOSTE, Holster: via ETSY
Shoes: NIKE, short: JOE FRESH,
ROUND UP
Atmosphere: 4/5
Service: 2/5
Taste: 5/5
Price: 4/5

DETAILS
Bagel ETC
4320 boul. St Laurent
Montreal, QC
514 845 9462
Reservations: NO
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit
Wheelchair Accessible: YES

Bagel Etc on Urbanspoon

Rainbows,
The Beauty and The Babe
xox

Here's a few shots of our favourite walls from MURAL FEST!