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Sunday, April 6, 2014

BRUNCH AT L'OEUFRIER

For those who are not familiar with Groupon, it's a site that offers deals on products, services and restaurants in your area. We're a big fan of Groupon and from time to time, you'll catch some great deals offered from chain restaurants that are actually worth going to; L'OEUFRIER being one of them.  

Restaurant Exterior 

L'oeufrier is a chain restaurant, so there are a variety of locations in and around Montreal. You can find this restaurant in plateau Mont-Royal, The Gay Village, Westmount, Laval and Terrebonne. We've been to the one in the village and Mont-Royal, but this was our first visit to one of the Laval locations.  

From the exterior, there isn't anything to really speak about. The restaurant is connected to a chain of businesses. Once you're inside however, it's quite cute. We especially loved the graffiti by the door; it added a modern touch to the classic table settings and decor.   

Restaurant Interior

We were seated immediately as it wasn't that busy. We ordered 1 coffee and 1 latte, which came minutes later.  The drinks we received were very good- great coffee and espresso! 



We took a glance at the menu and noticed there was a lot of choices. L'oeufrier offers a list of fruit dishes, breakfast sandwiches, 15 types of eggs benedict, 16 types of omelettes, and a dozen combination plates. They also serve up "Breakfast Poutines", where they swap out the gravy for hollandaise sauce (something we haven't seen on a menu before!).  They also have a list of various "Patati Patata" (eggs mixed with a variety of ingredients and baked in the oven). There isn't anything more than $16, so the pricing is on point. 




Even though G desperately wanted that 'Breakfast Poutine', we were having a 'healthier' morning, so she chose otherwise. G decided on a vegetarian omelette with a side of fruit and M chose 2 eggs, a side of tomato and one crepe.    


The crepe was maybe the largest we have ever seen- but it was really good! Our main dishes were yummy, as well - but you can't really mess up and omelette and eggs, right? The presentation was simple, but again, given the simplicity of our dishes, we can't expect much.  Nonetheless, we were not complaining.  Our dishes came out in good form and we left with our bellies full.  What's special about L'oeufrier is their bread- they only serve bread from Première Moisson - and if you're a true Montreal, you know that's a treat! Their bread is fresh, natural and fantastic. 

The service we received that morning was great. Not only did our food come out within a reasonable time frame, but our waitress was courteous, as well.  Our coffee cups were never empty, either.

Now, some chain restaurants are not worth the money, but L'Oeufrier is different.  They offer quality dishes with quality ingredients, in a relaxed atmosphere- this, mixed with a awesome groupon deal - we were two happy *and full* gals :) 

WHAT WE WORE

Shirt: THE GAP, Jeans: OLD NAVY
Earrings: TARGET, Lipstick: YVES ST LAURENT "CORAIL INCANDESCENT"
Jacket: KENNETH COLE, Purse: Puchased in ITALY
Scarf: LE CHATEAU, Sunglasses: D&G
Boots: TARGET 
Jeans: LACOSTE, Shirt: JOE FRESH
Watch: ALDO
Jacket: FOREVER 21 (Men)
Jacket: TARGET, Scarf: LE CHATEAU
Sunglasses: RAY BAN, Hat: RALPH LAUREN
Shoes: BOEMOS

ROUND UP
Service: 4/5
Atmosphere: 3/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 4/5

DETAILS
L'OEUFRIER
 1702 boulevard des Laurentides
Laval, QC
450.667.4444 
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit
Wheelchair Accessible: YES

Rainbows,
The Beauty & The Babe
xox










Saturday, April 5, 2014

BRUNCH AT OZEU

When you research brunch places in Montreal, there are very few posts for restaurants in the east end. With that in mind, we thought we'd introduce you to OZEU, a little hidden gem on Sherbrooke East. It isn't far from our place, and to be transparent, this isn't a "first impression" review; we've been here many times. 




OZEU is connected to a building with another restaurant.  It's quite hidden, so you need to keep an eye out when around the area.  From the exterior, it does not seem like the hottest spot in town, but once you're inside, you'll see that this is a neighbourhood favourite. 

The restaurants holds quite a lot of people; there are two large sections.  In the summer, there's also a patio in the front (a really nice option for those upcoming sunny days *let's keep praying*).  In terms of decor, it's quite minimal; nothing special, nothing too fancy.



Second Dining Room

Their menu is one large page. They offer everything from combination plates, eggs benedict, omelettes, sweet and salty crepes, waffles, pancakes. They also have a healthy menu and a some options for children. There is something for everyone! Prices range from $5 - $13. It's definitely affordable. 


Despite the numerous trips to this place, we always get the same thing, a traditional combination plate: 2 eggs, 1 choice of meet and a choice of pancake, waffle or french toast.  This plate is only $8.95 (coffee included!). 


Two Eggs, Crepes, Sausages, Potatoes, side of fruit 
Two Scrambled Eggs, French Toast,  Sausage and side of fruit

There's nothing much we can say about our plates, other than it's great. Eggs are always cooked to perfection, the pancakes and french toast are fluffy and moist, and the potatoes are yummy!  G really really loves the side of baked apples and cinnamon (a nice little change for a side of fruit). As you can tell, they are very generous for their portions, too. Moreover, the service at OZEU is fantastic: it's quick and the waitresses have been nice. We do not have any complaints on that end. We really like this restaurant and would recommend it to anyone who passes by the area... (it isn't too far from Place Versailles, a great shopping mall). 

WHAT WE WORE
Jeans: FOREVER 21, Cardigan: BCBG, Tank Top: JOE FRESH,
Glasses: BURBERRY
Earrings: TARGET, Lipstick: CHANEL "Gabrielle"
Neckace: TOPSHOP purchased in Lebanon
Coat: TARGET, Scarf: H&M, Purse: LOUIS VUITTON
Jeans: AMERICAN EAGLE
Sweater: ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH
Watch: SWATCH, Belt: JACK AND JONES
Jacket: BUFFALO, Scarf: BIZOU, Hat: PENGUIN

ROUND UP
SERVICE: 5/5
ATMOSPHERE: 3/5 
TASTE: 5/5 
PRICE: 5/5 

DETAILS
6730, rue Sherbrooke Est 
Montreal-Est, QC
514 564 6383
Reservations: Yes
Type of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit
Closest Metro: Langelier




Friday, March 7, 2014

BRUNCH AT JULIETA

After we had brunch at LA TAMALERA, we searched for other restaurants that served South American cuisine. We loved how this type of cuisine can be incorporated in brunch. That said, we did a little bit of research and came across JULIETA, a small restaurant located on Beaubien, near rue Ste. Laurent.If you blink, you could miss the door, so keep your eyes pealed when you're in the area. . .

Restaurant Front

When we are more than two, we generally like to go to a place that takes reservations; we were a party of four.  Unfortunately Julieta did not take reservations after 10:30am, but they told us we would not have an issue getting at table for 11:00am. So, we went, sans-reservations, and, luckily, were seated immediately. Our table was located by the window, which was a great spot- in fact it was the only table near a window, looking out to the streets.  Julieta is quite small- it's narrow and long, but the space fills up with a lot of light. In terms of decor, there isn't anything special. The restaurant was very clean, however. 

Restaurant Interior

We all wanted to try their hot chocolate, but they did not have any left (a real letdown because it's hot chocolate prepared an "Andes" way).  Instead, M decided on a beer, and others chose the fresh juice made with a variety of berries ($4). We all ordered coffee ($1.75), as well.  The juice was really refreshing and not too sweet. The coffee was also great - and it came bottomless cup. 

Fresh Juice and Hot Coffee
M's Refreshing, Cold Beer 

Their menu isn't big. They only have 8 items, but they're all very different options.  We started off with a serving of "Arepitas". Arepitas are small pieces of grilled bread made out of corn flour. It was served with sour cream. They were absolutely delicious. It was a nice little appetizer before we got out main meals (we wished we ordered more!).

Arepitas with Creme Fraiche

When we looked at the menu, it didn't take G any convincing  to order the Capacha, which was labelled "the house special". M decided on the Andino, their version of eggs, meat and potatoes. Our friends ordered another Capacha and the Cazuela Cochinita.  

When our meals came out, we noticed that the portions were a little bit small;  not the size you're typically use to for breakfast.  The food was DELICIOUS however. M said that the potatoes were not the best, though. G's dish was sweet and salty, and just heaven...


"Capacha" ($12): ham, cheese,  creme fraiche in between two arepas,
garinished with cheese, creme fraiche and small fruits 
"Andino" ($13)- eggs, sausage, small corn salad, and fried arepitas.
"Cazuela Cochinita" ($13)- two eggs cook in the oven, mix of chorizo, jam and
peas, tomato sauce, potatoes and fresh creme. 

We had two waitresses come to our table frequently. The younger waitress was extremely friendly. The other waitress did not crack a smile and spoke barely nothing though. When we asked about certain details on the menu, we got short (unclear) answers- so we really did not know what to expect when we got our food (but we were happy in the end!). While the food was super delicious, we left a little bit hungry since the portions were not that big. Finally, we really can't talk about their price point because our bill was paid by our friends- checking out the prices noted above can give you a ballpark figure though....


WHAT WE WORE

Top: MELISSA NEPTON, Jeans: OLD NAVY
Necklace: LE CHATEAU, Earrings: TARGET, Lips: MAC
Coat: KENNETH COLE, Scarf: BURBERRY
Boots: BATA (Gift from Lebanon), Purse: CHANEL
Nails: CHANEL "TABOO"
Shirt: HOLLISTER, Jeans: AMERICAN EAGLE
Watch: D&G, Belt: TOMMY HILFIGER
Boots: Purchased in Lebanon, Socks: OLD NAVY
Jacket: NORTH FACE, Scarf: BIZOU
Sunglasses: TOMMY HILFIGRE, Hat: Purchased at NYC Vendor

ROUND UP
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5

DETAILS
JULIETA
67 rue Beaubien Est
Montreal, QC
514 - 507 -5517
Reservations: YES, but only between 10:00-10:30 am.
Wheelchair Accesible: NO
Julieta on Urbanspoon

Rainbows,
A Beauty & A Babe
xox