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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Welcome to Ottawa!



2015 started off in a whirlwind for the both of us. After a lot of thought, we decided to relocate to another city AND jump into another province! That said, we wanted to let you all know that we are now living in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Ontario. Even though we have relocated, rest assured that our brunch blog will continue to feature Montreal locations, as we will be travelling often. We also thought that we would not limit ourselves to only Montreal and Ottawa though. We travel quite a bit and want to expand out posts to wherever we sit down for a good brunch. We are looking forward to expanding our posts across borders. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BRUNCH AT ELIXOR (TWO LOCATIONS)

This will be a two-part post since we had the opportunity to check out  two locations of Elixor; Laval & Dollard-des-Ormeaux. We were so impressed by their dishes, quality of food and service, that we wanted to go again. We'll start with our most recent adventure at Elixor in Laval, and then work our way back. 

Part 1 

At first glance, Elixor Laval has a beautiful terrase, one that is super large and inviting. They really captured the natural beauty of the land around them and utilized nature in the best way. Their terrase was filled with flowers and plants and was very well kept. It makes for such a relaxing brunch atmosphere. Since the weather was perfect that morning, we obviously opted to stay outside and take advantage of the very few sunny days we had left in the early fall.
Elixor, Laval
Each table was pretty massive, allowing for you to sit comfortably with all your drinks and plates. There were also umbrellas that covered all the tables, allowing you to dine in peace. As we all know, while the sun is great in Montreal, it's also super hot- so any chance of shade is definitely necessary and a plus. The chairs were spacious and super comfortable as well.

We took a gander inside, and as expected, everything clean and simple. The restaurant is very large, making it perfect for groups. They have rows and rows of benches making it easy for any type of event to come and enjoy a good meal without feeling claustrophobic. There was a lot of natural lighting; that mixed with super high ceilings and simple greenery added to the relaxing ambiance.  Please note that the following photos were taking from the back of the restaurant. They have a very inviting welcoming desk near the front, that was not captured.

That morning we both stuck to regular coffee. Their filter coffee is pretty good and came bottomless cup. Our waiter did a good job by coming by frequently to ensure we always had a filled cup.  Coffee is not included in their breakfast prices. It'll run you $2.25


Their menu is only one page, but it offers quite a bit of variety. There's 13 options, 5 of which are vegetarian friendly (a little more if you opt out of the chorizo that is in a lot of their dishes). Their prices range between $9 - $16.


We decided on the "Breakfast Pizza" and Blueberry and Lemon Pancakes; something sweet and salty.

Baked Egg Breakfast Pizza: Chorizo sausage, tomatoes feta, peppers.
Lemon and Ricotta Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, served with maple syrup and Chantitly cream

The service was extremely fast; we got our dishes in no time. The presentation of the dishes was simple and looked appetizing

The taste of each dish was amazing! The baked egg pizza was something different from your typical 'breakfast pizza'- it also had a healthier twist on it as it was made with eggs whites and laid on a naan bread. The buttermilk pancakes were mouth watering. The combination of lemon and blueberry added a little zip to the mix. We definitely recommend them, and they are perfect to share because the portion is huge! 

What We Wore
(and a little sneak peak of our apple picking adventure!)
Dress: GIANT TIGER, Purse: AMERICAN EAGLE, Nails: CHANEL "Storm"
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabanna, Earrings: ALDO, Lips: CHANEL "Rouge Allure".
Shorts: via MARSHALLS, Shirt: The GAP
Belt: AMERICAN EAGLE, Watch: KENNETH COLE
Bag: LACOSTE
Shoes: STEVE MADDEN, RALPH LAUREN-POLO

Part 2

We stopped by Elixor in the West Island. Their terrace was simple, but not as beautiful as that in Laval. There were large tables and it was clean, but the ambiance was not something special. 

Elixor, DDO
Interior, bar area
Interior, main seating area
Their brunch menu was one page again- but they had different items on it. They informed us that they change a few items here and there- nice to know that they mix it up. We decided to order two of South American dishes. 

"Spicy Chicken Hash Quesadilla"
"Grande Breakfast Burrito"

The platting that morning was great; the portions were gigantic and it all looked delicious. The plates were full of colour, and all the ingredients paired well.  The taste was incredible too. 


It's obvious that Elixor takes pride in contemporary urban cuisine. They have traditional elements but elevate with upscale ingredients with a fun twist. Their food is delicious, their coffee is great and the general atmosphere and service is everything you'd want. It was nice to see that both locations had the same consistency and quality of food. Elixor is a new favourite and we definitely recommend! They also take reservations- so need to rush or wait in line :)


Round Up - LAVAL
Atmosphere- 4.5/5
Service - 5/5
Taste - 5/5
Price - 4/5

Round Up- DDO
Atmosphere - 4/5
Service - 5/5
Taste - 5/5
Price - 4/5

Details
Various Locations
See Website for Contact Info
Wheelchair Accessible- DDO- Yes, Laval - No
Reservations: YES
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit

Rainbows,
The Beauty & The Babe
xox







Sunday, January 11, 2015

BRUNCH AT LE DÉJEUNER COSMOPOLITAN WEST ISLAND

One beautiful fall afternoon, we headed to the west island to venture off to a corn maze. We decided to check out Le Déjeuner Cosmopolitan West Island, a restaurant that is very well known among West Islanders. People from Laval are also familiar with this restaurant as one exist on their territory as well.  We've actually reviewed the Laval location (read here), but it was so long ago that we forgot about it! 


We were only two that morning, so we got a table pretty quickly. Some bigger parties were waiting longer but only by 5-10 minutes. One thing we can say it that the waiting area is perfectly made. Often times what is lacking in restaurants is the proper waiting space. You can often be put in uncomfortable situations, like waiting in line close to tables, watching others dine under your noses. The seperations and big space allowed for people to dine in peace (and not having people waiting in line be bothered by waitresses passing by with food, etc). 


The restaurant is spacious and is excellent for large groups. They have both benches and regular seating, making it easy for any party to have a good seating arrangement.  The size of the tables are also very big (always love a good size table!).  

The decor on the other hand is very dated. Their floor is covered in carpet, and their benches are draped in fabric that screams ancient history. It just doesn't feel "clean". There's too much fabric- everywhere! The restaurant needs a facelift.  


Off the bat, we ordered a coffee and a fresh squeeze O.J. The orange juice was fantastic, coffee was bottomless cup.


Their menu is pages and pages long. They offer everything you could imagine, so we are not going to list them all. They've got you covered (and for you vegetarians too!).  The prices ranged between $9 - $16.  

2 Eggs, French Toast with Fruit, side of Tomatoes (instead of potatoes)
Scrambles eggs, sausage, blueberry pancakes and potatoes 

Just like the other location, portions were very large. The food was delicious, so no complaints there! They have some of the best potatoes around and their french toast is amazing. We wish the plates were different, because we feel that a simple white plate would make the food look more appetizer, but I guess that's just us nitpicking, right? Moving on. . . 

The service is good. We got our dishes super fast and our waitress was cheerful and very attentive to our table.  When we asked for the bill, that also came quick. 

Despite the decor, Déjeuner Cosmopolitan offers a solid breakfast. Their prices are decent and their plates are generous. You'll leave here feeling satisfied. It's definitely worth the little trip outside the downtown area.  After dining at both locations, we can say that they offered the same experience! 


What We Wore
Shirt: AMERICAN APPAREL, Jeans: GAP
Sunglasses: MARC JACOBS, Necklace: BANANA REPUBLIC, Earrings: CHANEL
Shirt: AMERICAN APPAREL
Shoes: via TARGET
Shorts: via MARSHALLS, Tshirt: via TARGET
Vest: URBAN PLANET
Shoes: PALLADIUM
Purses: Red- LACOSTE, Faux Letter- URBAN PLANET

Round Up
Atmosphere: 2/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 4/5 

Details
Le Déjeuner Cosmpolitan
983 boul. St Jean
Pointe-Claire,  QC
H9R 5K3
TEL: 514. 697. 8529
Reservations: NO
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit
Wheelchair Accessible: YES

Dejeuner Cosmopolitain on Urbanspoon


Rainbows,
The Beauty & The Babe
xox



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BRUNCH AT LE TOASTEUR

We saw an ad in a magazine for LE TOASTEUR, a breakfast spot located in Villeray. We've heard about this place, but only knew about their location on Laurier. Considering they have two spots, we thought it must be a good place to try. 
When we pulled up the restaurant, we actually missed it. As you can tell by the photo above, their restaurant front isn't impressive and can be easily mistaken for an apartment complex (which is part of the story).  There's a tiny hand written sign in the window, and a flag on the balcony above that's too high for anyone to notice.  We arrived early that morning, so we received a table right away; we were a table of four. We were first seated by the window, but had to move after 15 minutes. The heat coming from the sun through the window was unbearable, and they didn't have their A.C on that morning.  
Inside, their decor was not impressive.  Simple tables, with minimal decor on the walls. Their ceiling was beautiful though, and they had a gorgeous vintage chandelier. 
We ordered beverages as we looked through the menu. The coffee was good and the latte was nice and creamy.  Filter coffee is included in most dishes. The latte was $5 (so expensive!). 

Their menu is 1 page, double sided. Most dishes ranged between $9-$15.  The most expensive item on the menu were the eggs bene. We were a bit surprised that a vegetarian eggs benedict was the same price as a smoked salmon eggs benne- we don't think its fair to price tofu as the same price as smoked salmon.  All omelettes were $14, again, a bit expensive when some had meat and others only veggies.   We felt their combination plates were better priced. 
Our friends J and T ! 
M chose a special plate that morning. It was two eggs, sausage, toast, potatoes and two carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese topping.  G chose a deluxe grilled cheese with bacon, with a side of scrambled eggs.  Our friends chose a sweet and salty crepe (apple, cheddar and bacon) and a standard combo plate. 
Special of the Day- $12.99
Pomme D'Adam - $14
Deluxe Grilled Cheese - $13.50
Toasteur Special - $14.50 

That morning our meals came out in a timely fashion. The plating of our dishes was okay- nothing to rave about.  It's the first time that we're split down the middle of what we thought of the place in terms of taste. G felt that the everyones dishes were great, included the potatoes, meat, crepes and eggs. The carrot pancakes were especially yummy and so different; a seasonal dish is always fun to try.  M didn't think this place was worth checking out again. She didn't like the potatoes at all and it was the first time she didn't eat more than one. Her eggs were cooked well though.  

Our waiter that morning was good. There was minimal contact, but when he was around, he was friendly.  

The bill came up to roughly $42 after tip. It was okay based on what we received. 

We could tell that this was a neighbourhood favourite because the line outside filled up quickly. Another positive note about Le Toasteur is that they take reservations. We highly recommend making reservations since their restaurant cannot hold too many people. 

What We Wore
Skirt: PHILIP LIM
Purse: LOUIS VUITTON, Nails: CHANEL "Azure",
Bracelets: TIFFANY AND CO, ALEX AND ANI 
Shoes: ELIE TAHARI, Nails: CHANEL "Nouvelle Vague"
Shirt: via MARSHALLS 
Shorts: via MARSHALLS
Polo: US POLO ASSN, Watch: KENNETH COLE, Holster: ETSY
Shoes: PALLADIUM

Round Up
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 2/5
Taste: 3/5
Price: 3/5 

Details
Le Toasteur
767 rue Villeray
514 759 6377 
Reservations: YES
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit

Rainbows,
The Beauty & The Babe
xox