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Friday, October 25, 2013

BRUNCH AT PROHIBITION

We decided to stay in Montreal for Thanksgiving.  Since both of our families live outside of Montreal, it's always a little bit difficult staying in the city for a holiday, especially a long weekend. Luckily one of G's best friends was in town, so it made it easier to stay in Montreal.  

Since the summer, Cristina (aka Xtina) has been speaking about PROHIBITION, a restaurant located in Monkland, that came highly recommended from some of her friends. We figured that this would be the best place to spend Sunday morning for Thanksgiving Brunch.

Restaurant Front
When we pulled up to Prohibition, we were surprised that their outdoor eating was still in full swing (and pretty packed!). It was a bit chilly for us that day, so we opted for inside; that's when we noticed that Prohibition is below street level- you must go down one floor to get into the restaurant.  Thankfully, Cristina made reservations, so we were seated immediately. In fact, it was pretty full, so we were glad that reservations were made. 

Even though you're in a "basement", it does not feel like so- there's quite a bit of sunlight that comes through the windows, and the restaurant is very open in general.  The decor is pretty simple, making it super casual and relaxing for everyone.


Inside the Restaurant
The menu is only one page. While that may not seem like a lot of options, it's actually quite challenging to pick something- everything seems so delicious. You can tell right away that this is definitely comfort food- but with a little twist. Instead of the traditional "chicken and waffles", Prohibition pairs their fried chicken with maple fried challah french toast (yes, you read that right). They also have pancakes and bacon, but their pancakes are made with ricotta (and enfused with lemon!). You'll also find some 'international' dishes- the huevos ranchos (Mexican) and shakshouka (Tusinian/Moroccan) and a "Bulgarian" benedict.  For those who want something more traditional, you have the choice of a yogurt and fruit dish, bagel and smoked salmon, or a breakfast sandwich. Their prices range between $10 - $15.

Menu
For those eager to munch on something while their main dishes are being prepared, Prohibition offers 2 small pastries: scones with jam and butter ($5), and a triple chocolate pretzel cookie ($2).  We chose to sample the cookie- which paired nicely with our coffees.
Latte
Triple Chocolate Pretzel Cookie
After much contemplation, both Cristina and G deciced on the waffles and french toast (which was highly recommended from a friend). While we normally try to order different plates to get a tasting of more items on the menu, G seriously could not back down on ordering something else (when in Rome!). M decided on the huevos ranchos and ordered a beer to compliment  the dish.
Local Beer
maple fried challah french toast. fried chicken. cinnamon sugar. maple syrup.
huevos rancheros. corn tortillas. black beans. pice de gallo. guacamole.
white cheddar. fried eggs. sour cream. coriander.

Let's start with the STAR of the morning: The french toast and fried chicken (all in agreement with this statement).  You would not believe how moist and soft the french toast was. When we all took a bite of it, we all drifted off to french toast heaven- I don't know if we can ever look at normal/traditional french toast the same, ever again. While the deep fried chicken was delicious, we found that the portion was rather small (not a HUGE complaint, because I think they are doing our cholesterol a favor. . . .). M's dish was also fantastic- simple, yet so tasty (and definitely the healthiest choice of the bunch).  Another thing to note was how AWESOME the latte was- seriously, the most creamiest, yummiest latte found in Montreal thus far (big statement).

As for service, everything was really great. Our waitress was so sweet and took really good care of us. Our dishes came out at good pace, as well. We really have no complaints, whatsoever!

This restaurant is a great option if you want to try something new while keeping it casual. Since they take reservations (which are HIGHLY recommended), you're guaranteed to start off your brunch on a good foot (no one likes waiting, especially if you have not had your coffee yet). Finally, the patio outside makes a great option for those warm, sunny days in the summer (so far away, I know. . .but keep it in mind!). The only little downfall of Prohibition, is that they are not wheelchair accessible (it really only "is" if someone were to sit outside). Other than that. . . Prohibition is the little secret of Monkland- but we're generous enough to share it with you. . .

WHAT WE WORE
THE BEAUTY- Dress: PHILIP LIM, Tights: OLD NAVY
Belt: BETSEY JOHNSON, Purse: PHILIP LIM, Ring: OLD NAVY,
Bracelets: TIFFANY AND CO (SILVER) AND FOREVER 21 (GOLD)
Sunglasses: DOLCE & GABANA, Earrings: LOUIS VUITTON, Lips:CHANEL "Enigmatique"
THE BABE- Jeans: OLD NAVY, Jacket: ZARA, Scarf: Gift
Shirt: TOMMY HILFIGER, Belt: JACK AND JONES, Bag: LACOSTE
Hat: PENGUIN
The Beauty- MARC BY MARC JACOBS
The Babe- RALPH LAUREN
ROUND UP
Atmosphere: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 5/5
Price: 4/5

DETAILS 
5674 Monkland
Montreal, QC
514. 481. 8466
Reservations: YES
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit

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Rainbows,
The Beauty and The Babe
xox 


 Ps- We want to introduce you to JUDY THE JETTA- G's new ride!




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