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Saturday, January 4, 2014

BRUNCH AT LA TAMALERA

We talked about wanting to try more non-traditional brunches, so with a little bit of research, we stumbled upon LA TAMALERA, a mexican joint located on Fairmont. 


At first glance, we knew this place would be fun. The windows are lined with figurines and candles, and the bright pink sign really caught out eye. 


When we walked through the doors, the eclectic decor made the restaurant a fun place to be on a Sunday morning. It was super busy, which is generally a good sign. We noticed that at the end of the room, there was a counter, where people were ordering take-out; a nice option if the tables are full, as they were.  There was also a little grocery area, where you find authentic mexican spices, sauces and food- a simple way to bring some of the flavours back home with you! 


While the menu is small (they have a little less than 10 options), you struggle to pick which dish you actually want to order as they all sound delicious. All dishes include eggs, in some way shape or form, which is nice.  The most expensive item on the menu was $12.50, so this place will definitely not put a hole in your pocket. As for beverages, G chose one of the many juices they offered. It was made with hibiscus and berries and was absolutely delicious. Their coffee was also great (but strong!). 


To be quite honest, we didn't really know what to order since we are not familiar with the cuisine. What we did know is that we wanted to start our brunch with guacamole and nachos- obviously!  In the end, we chose the three completely different dishes, to really sample the menu. 

Fresh gauc and chips! 
Huevos con Chorizzo  ($9.50)
Fresh Tortillas to complete the dish 
Omelette La Tamalera ($12.50)
Sincronizada Poblana ($10.50)
Even though La Tamalera offers a specific brunch menu, people can choose of their regular menu as well- this gives people a little bit more options, especially if they are not in the mood for eggs.  We were happy that we stuck to the breakfast items though because it was such a great change to a typical brunch. You can taste that the food is fresh and completely homemade- in fact, it was the first time we had fresh, homemade tortillas, and it's a total game changer. The combination of unique ingredients create bursts of flavours in your mouth (we also loved the fact that the food was spicy!).  The portion size was also just right- not too big, not too small.  

As for service, it took a little bit long, but that's understandable when you know your food is being cooked from scratch.  The waiter and  owner were very lovely and super friendly- they made the experience very enjoyable.  In terms of atmosphere, it was cozy and relaxing, exactly what you need for a brunch.  All of the above, with the extremely well pricing, makes La Tamalera a really cool place to check out. We cannot wait to go back for dinner. . .  

ps- don't forget to check out their bathroom!

WHAT WE WORE

Blazer: CALVIN KLEIN, Jeans: GAP, Shoes: ZARA
Purse: CHANEL (The EXECUTIVE TOTE), Bracelets: TIFFANY & CO
Pins: SIMONS, Scarf: SIMONS, Nails: DEBORAH LIPPMAN "Stormy Weather"
Jacket: AMERICAN EAGLE, Jeans: OLD NAVY
Scarf: LE CHATEAU, Shirt: TARGET

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

DETAILS
226. Avenue Fairmont
Montreal, QC.
438 381 5034
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit 

La Tamalera "haute cuisine de rue mexicaine" on Urbanspoon

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