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.
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.
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)
701, Cote de la Place d'Armes
Types of Payment: CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT (at the table)
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...
The Beauty & The Babe