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Saturday, February 15, 2014

BRUNCH AT LE CARTET

We met a friend in the Old Port to grab brunch.  We decided to check out "LE CARTET" as it came highly recommended from M's friend. We wanted to see what the hype was all about...


We arrived at 1:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon. The line was a little scary, but they sat people pretty quickly. We waited no more than 15 minutes for a table for three. 


While we waited, we took a look at the little grocery store, located in front of the restaurant.  There's a mix of speciality jams, chocolates, maple syrup products, tea and coffee. There's also fresh baked goods and coffee to go for those on the run. Furthermore there's a refrigerated section with pre-packaged meals- a perfect option for weekday lunch for those in area.  


There's an industrial feel to the place; high ceilings, simple metal fixtures.  The tables are beautiful, but it's worth noting that there's some communal seating. We were seated at a long table, with strangers right next to us, but with the upbeat music and busy vibe, you did not feel uncomfortable (or hear other people's conversations). 


The menu has a lot of variety- pastries, salads, quiche, yogurt options and six combination plates. The latter are what struck our fancy. There was a healthy option, sweet, salty, and a classic greasy spoon. All of our dishes were served with a little amuse-bouche, fresh squeezed orange juice, and coffee (bottomless cup).  The menu ranges from $8.75- $17.25. They also have two options for children;both dishes are $6.49.


Amuse-Bouche: Chocolate Chip Bread
"Brunch de L'Atlantique": scrambled eggs with smoked
salmon,1/2 smoked salmon bagel,  salmon & sweet potato
cake and mesclun salad ($16.49 or $22.49 with mimosa)
"Toasta Mixta":  ham, eggs, brie, onions and mustard,
and mesclun salad ($10.85)
"Brunch des Cantons": scrambled eggs with country style
 ham, sausage, bacon, roasted potatoes in duck fat,
baked beans and toast  ($15.49 or $21.49 with mimosa)

The service we received was actually really good. Despite how busy they were, our food came out really quick. The coffee was great, and our waiter came around often to fill our cups.  The mimosa was also good- but that had to do with the delicious freshly squeezed O.J.  The only 'downside' of Le Cartet is that it can get a bit pricey (our bill for two was roughly $56 with tip). While it is expensive, you get back you pay for- fun, interesting, yummy dishes, great service and a trendy atmosphere. We will mention though, that they do not make any changes to the dish for you- what you see is what you get. . .  

WHAT WE WORE

The Beauty: Dress- Target, Cardigan: Target
Boots: H&M via Lebanon
Jacket: KENNETH COLE
Scarf: Purchased at the souk (market) in Lebanon, Earrings: Gift
Purse: CHANEL, Nail: DEBORAH LIPPMAN "Big Blue Note"
Lipstick: MARC JACOBS 
The Babe: Pants: JOE FRESH, Blazer: H&M
Tshirt: TARGET, Watch: KENNETH COLE
Shoes: PALLADIUM, Sock: HAPPYSOCKS
Jacket: CALVIN KLEIN, Scarf: BIZOU
Hat: U.S POLO ASSASIN
Bag: Calvin Klein

ROUND UP
Atmosphere: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 3/5

THE DETAILS
106, rue McGill
Montreal, QC
514 871 8887
Reservations: NO
Wheelchair Accessible: NO
Types of Payment: Cash, Debit, Credit
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xox






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