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Saturday, September 13, 2014

BRUNCH AT SPARROW


Sparrow, located on upper St Laurent, has always been on our list of brunch places to check out. They've been on the brunch scene for quite some time, but they closed for a bit. Luckily, they re-opened! 


From the outside, it's very simple. Be sure to check out for the little sparrow guy, because there's no other sign.  When we stepped up to the door, we saw that the menu was posted. We always appreciate restaurants that post their menu. We heard about their all-you-can-eat three course brunch menu, but it was obvious that was no longer the concept. 


At first glance, Sparrow is super cozy. The textures are incredible- a mix of brick, wood, copper and beautiful wallpaper. Everything had a vintage feel. So pretty! 




We arrived around 11:00 am, so there wasn't a line; we were seated immediately.  There was a bench and a sofa to hang out and have a coffee while you wait for a table though. We thought that was a clever idea. It also makes it less awkward for those who are dining. We don't think there's anything worse than seeing a huge line of people waiting INSIDE the restaurant, close to the tables- there's a lack of privacy to say the least.




At first, we were seated at a table for four people; we were a party of three. After we ordered our coffees, our waitress came up to us and asked if we mind to give up our table for another couple. It was definitely a weird situation, and felt as though we had no choice but to say yes. Needless to say, we had to squeeze onto one table - and the tables were not big. It definitely would have been okay if we were having drinks, but the idea of three plates being placed on this table was a bit nerve wrecking. 


The cups, silverware and dishes were very charming- all were vintage and mixed and matched- a very eclectic feel. The simple flowers on the table was also a nice little touch, too. It's all in the details (all of which are much appreciated by us).  




We ordered a the usual beverages- lattee($4) for G and a filter coffee ($2) for M. Both were great, especially the lattee. G also ordered a mimosa ($5) which was super refreshing. They also had a nice, small selection of fresh juices (orange, watermelon, beet, homemade iced tea) and a variety of cocktails (ranging from $5-$7). 





The menu had 8 choices: granola and yogurt; buckwheat pancakes; turkish breakfast; fried eggs and sage; smoked trout; shakshuka; steak and eggs and PB & J donuts. The prices ranged from $9 - $17; steak and eggs was the most expensive dish. There wasn't anything that really 'stood' out on the menu.

G decided on the buckwheat pancakes ($10), which were topped with apple butter, candied walnuts, creme fraiche, and maple syrup. G also chose the side of bacon of an extra $2.  It was a very sweet dish, but it was delicious! 




M chose the turkish breakfast ($12). The plate was a mix of feta, olives, cucumber, tomato, flatbread, walnuts, apricots, sour cheery jam and fij jam. She also got the merguez for an extra $2.  M's was a salty plate, so the combination of both of our plates was fantastic. M raved about the jams and the assortment of olives; it was a little taste of home.  Our friend got the same dish and he also liked it!


Service was okay.  Our waitress took our orders and the food came out rapidly.  As we mentioned above, the only thing that was a bit irritating was having to rearrange our seating. Other than that, we couldn't complain.  

The ambiance is great and the food is delicious. We also found the price was very fair- even with our drinks, we felt that we got what we paid for. Our biggest recommendation is getting there early because the moment the clock hits 11:30, the line gets pretty long. Considering that they do not take reservations, it's important to get there as early as you can. 

There's a reason why this restaurant is on everyone's radar! Do yourself a favour and check Sparrow out- we can't wait to go back again. 


WHAT WE WORE
Dress: OLD NAVY
Purse: TOMMY HILFIGER, Belt: TARGET, Bracelet: Vintage
Nails: CHANEL "Mimosa"
Sunglasses: D&G, Earrings: H&M, Lips: OCC Lip Tar "Pretty Boy"
Sandals: Purchased in Lebanon
Shorts: TOMMY HILFIGER, Belt: LACOSTE, Bag:  (Gift)
Shirt: CALVIN KLEIN, Sunglasses: RAY BAN, Hat: JOE FRESH
Shoes: NIKE

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

DETAILS
5322 boul. St Laurent
Montreal, QC
514- 507-1642
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit
Reservations: NO
Wheelchair Accesible: NO

The Sparrow (Le Moineau) on Urbanspoon


TEA TIME

We have an extra treat for you ! After we had brunch, it came to our attention that there was a tea room upstairs. We HAD to check out "Cardinal Tea Room". . . 

Take a peak at the photos below. The super high ceilings were completely unexpected - it's a breath taking space! The decor was stunning and just sooo perfect. There's a gorgeous, sunny terrace in the back, too.  When we came up, they were super welcoming. Service was fantastic.

The tea was delicious and the sweets were a perfect way to end our brunch. They also serve a light lunch. This is a serious little hidden gem. We are so happy to discover it! 









The Beauty and The Babe
xoxo 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BRUNCH AT KLONDIKE

Going to Ste Anne de Bellevue is a nice break from the busy city. It's calm neighbourhood offers beautiful dining on the waterfront; quiet and super relaxing. While this scenic part of the island offers quite a few restaurants on the water, unfortunately not many of them offer brunch- we were lucky to stumbled upon KLONDIKE though. 


Restaurant Exterior

This is a bit embarrassing, but we forgot to snap some shots of the interior.  From memory though, it was a really big space. A mix of benches and tables, and great for groups. The restaurant was clean. No complaints. 

The view of the water and yachts was incredible.  It was such a sunny day, that we really enjoyed being outside. 


We started off with come cold, refreshing drinks- M chose a beer and G chose a cocktail.  While we worked on those, we also had access to the soup and cold salad bar, which was included in the brunch specials. They offered a green salad, mixed salad and a pasta salad- a nice variety. They also served fresh garlic bread and soup. 



For the main meal, G decided crepe with scrambled eggs and sausage and bacon. M chose the Steak and Egg sandwich, which came with a side of fries. 

When we got our plates, we were a bit disappointed. G wasn't happy that the eggs were on top of the crepe; they should have been on the side.  The crepe and meat were cooked to perfection though, so that made up for it. As for M's dish, we felt the the cut of the steak wasn't the best- it was really fatty.  Also, Klondike failed for presentation- it just did not look appetizing. We felt that more effort could have been made. 


Our waitress that afternoon was really great. She took our order pretty fast and came quickly with our first drinks. Coffee was included in the meal, however we only received those after our meal (it was a bit busy that morning). We decided to share a piece of cheese cake with the coffee (more on that later). Despite how busy they were, our waitress was so friendly and had a smile on her face the whole time.  In addition, the manager was very welcoming and ensured that we were well taken care of. 

Now that we covered service, let's get back to the cheesecake. We believe that ordering that desert was the best choice we made all morning. It was absolutely incredible! In fact, they offered a large selection of cheesecakes and tarts, all of which looked amazing. They were a bit pricey- but worth every penny (give or take $10 depending on the type of cake). 

Overall, Klondike was an "ok" experience. Their prices were mediocre- the buffet of salads and a entree ranged between $15-$18, which is fair. We think the restaurant has a superb location, but their food wasn't at all good. We suggest heading there in the later afternoon for coffee and desert- you will not be disappointed with that. 

WHAT WE WORE
Dress: MERONA via TARGET, Shoes: via TARGET,
Sunglasses: D&G
Necklace: TARGET, Purse: LOUIS VUITTON,
Nails: CHANEL "Baby Blue" 
Shorts: JOE FRESH, Shoes: ALDO, Bag: ADIDAS
Shirt: TOMMY HILFIGER
Watch: LACOSTE, Bracelet: HERMES & ALDO (gold faux pearls)
ROUND UP
Service: 4/5
Atmosphere:5/5 
Taste:1/5 (cheesecake - 5/5!)
Price: 3/5

THE DETAILS
Klondike Resto-Bar
100 rue Sainte-Anne
Ste Anne de Bellevue, QC
514.505.0825
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit
Reservations: Yes
Wheelchair Accesible: Yes

Rainbows,
The Beauty and The Babe
xox




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BRUNCH AT SUITE 701


When it comes to birthdays, we always want to make our brunch outing extra special. Since it was M's birthday recently, G decided to bring her to the old port; SUITE 701 located in Hotel Place D'Armes. 

Restaurant Exterior

From the exterior, Suite 701 is absolutely stunning. The building is a gorgeous 19th century neoclassical building, facing the Notre-Dame Basilica. It's located in the heart of the Old Port, literally steps away from a metro. 

Stepping inside, Suite 701 takes your breath away.  It's posh, warm and spacious. The super high ceilings really make a statement, and the lighting is perfect. While it's a bit on the fancy side, it's still laid back (enough so to be able to wear jeans...).  We took notice that they offer a terrace on the rooftop of the hotel. Unfortunately do not serve brunch there, which we thought was a really big downfall.  

Restaurant Interior
Restaurant Interior

G started off with a mimosa ($10) and M chose an Irish coffee($12). We opted out of the filter coffee that morning because we felt that $2.75 was a tad bit expensive- we were a bit surprised it was not included with the main dishes actually. 


Their menu offers great choices. There is a traditional breakfast plate, benedict, an omelette, breakfast sandwich, and two healthy options; one of everything. They also had their house version of mac n' cheese and fried chicken n' waffles- two dishes that you are seeing pop up at restaurants these days. Finally, they had two plates that were more on the lunch side. Prices ranged from $13 (granola and banana) to $22 (ribs, bone marrow and eggs. They also had sides of croissants, crumpets, scones, fresh fruit and oysters. 


G went for the breakfast sandwich and M decided on the full breakfast plate - traditional choices for us! To start off though, we shared a portion of scones and cream. 

Fried egg sandwich with Bacon and Arugula, Potatoes ($14) 
2 eggs, 4 meats, Creton, Toast and Potatoes ($15)
Strawberry Scones and Whipped Cream ($4) 

Considering we were only a dozen people in the restaurant, our dishes came out rather quickly.  The portions were great, and the plating was beautiful. More importantly, the taste was phenomenal. The potatoes were by far our favourite since we've started blogging. G's breakfast sandwich was especially good- a new favourite for her.  M also found that the meat selection was great for her dish and the country style bread was delicious. Finally, the scones were the perfect sweetness to pair the salty dishes.

In terms of service, our waitress was less than great. We believe she was new because she wasn't able to answer simple questions about the menu. In fact, when we were doing research beforehand, one of the common themes was bad service. Luckily, our experience wasn't that terrible. Our waitress was still very sweet and personable. 

In a nutshell, we thought this brunch was excellent. We cannot describe how DELICIOUS the meal was! Our bill ended up being quite high after the cocktails, side dish, and main courses, but it was all worth it- we felt like queens that morning. A little secret that we didn't know about,  is their special from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm- with the purchase of a main course, you have access to an open bar for only $25 - its worth to do a late brunch (especially considering we felt the cocktails were also expensive). Finally, on Sunday Brunch there is a live DJ to increase the experience even more. We highly recommend this spot - and take advantage of their reservations. . a rare luxury here in MTL! :) 

WHAT WE WORE

Dress: MORONA via TARGET, Sunglasses: D&G
Purse: Louis Vuitton, Nails; CHANEL "Tutti Fruiti"
Shirt: H&M, Scarf: MORONA via TARGET
Pants: JOE FRESH, Belt: LACOSTE
Watches: KENNETH COLE (both)
Shoes: ELIE TAHARI (Left), Winners (right)

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

DETAILS
Suite 701
701, Cote de la Place d'Armes
Montreal, QC
514.904.1201
Reservations: YES
Types of Payment: CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT (at the table)

Suite 701 on Urbanspoon

After a delicious brunch, M was treated to a spa day at BOTA BOTA Spa-Sur-L'Eau. Here's a few snapshots from our fantastic morning...


Rainbows,
The Beauty & The Babe
XoX