On the weekend of my birthday, I traveled to Montreal, Quebec with my boyfriend and another couple. Prior to heading out, I had done my research so I knew exactly which restaurants I wanted to visit when heading to Montreal, and many recommendations pointed me to the L’Avenue Restaurant. It was highly rated for its eggs benedict dishes (which is pretty much the best dish for brunch, in my opinion, on par with the deliciousness of fluffy buttermilk pancakes and French toasts).
Side story – we had arrived on Friday night and had planned to go to L’Avenue on Saturday after a little bit of sleeping in since we had been traveling most of the day on the road. But when we woke up, there was so much snow! (#Canada) We knew there was a snowstorm overnight, but the snow situation was no joke (snow joke). There was so much snow that our car was buried under it! Thankfully, my boyfriend’s family had packed contingency shovels in the trunk. On a mission to eat one of Montreal’s top-rated brunch spots in the city, we all proceeded to dig ourselves out of the snow.
A mission to it in the slow, snowy traffic, we arrived to our destination: L’Avenue on Notre Dam, which is apparently the better location of the two cafes but both are good. When we arrived, there was quite a long line up, but the line moved considerably quickly — we were in within 20 minutes of wait time and got seated in a booth.
Let me tell you about the brunch at L’Avenue… It is unlike any brunch I’ve ever had. I held high expectations going in because the good folks on yelp told me this place was good, and oh my oh my it was. Upon my first bite, I actually swooned – that’s how heavenly it was. Not to be dramatic, but it was probably the best brunch I’d ever eaten in my entire life. Here’s a shot of our dishes:
Not pictured: The servers also gave us plates of fruit skewers, which helped tide us over while we waited for the meal. The rest of the food came out afterwards.
I ordered the smoked salmon benedict. Look at how beautiful this breakfast is. This combination is my go-to at any brunch spot, but this was the best smoked salmon eggs Benedict I’d ever eaten. The homemade Hollandaise sauce was delicious, the eggs were perfectly poached, the potatoes well seasoned… Everything had just the right consistency and flavour.
I was impressed by the potatoes, and usually, I tend to not be the biggest fan of roast potatoes because typically I find them to be either only seasoned on the outside with little taste on the inside, or too hard/undercooked and not fun to chew. But I didn’t have this problem here, which was pleasant. At L’Avenue, the potatoes were perfectly seasoned with a flavour throughout. The texture was enjoyable: A delightful crispiness on the outside, with a delectable soft inside which made it easy to eat.
The others very much enjoyed their own dishes as well, and we all collectively agree that the service at L’Avenue was quite good, considering we were hungry and the wait wasn’t too long. Despite none of us speaking French (we are from Ontario and although French was mandatory in our school system throughout grade 7 & 8, much of it hadn’t been retained lol!), the wait staff who served us was accommodating by switching to English and they were very helpful with recommending their best dishes on the menu to us, since there was a lot of choice. Once we had ordered, the food came out quickly… bonus!
If I could give this place over 5 stars, then I would. Great food, excellent and efficient service, hip atmosphere (great for the gram lol!), and the best restaurant feature? Their single bathrooms. Yes, you heard me. The insides are lit up with Neon lights and music plays. You could have a solo dance party in there! (I am sure that people do, actually. The line for the bathroom does get long.)
To anyone visiting Montreal in the future, you must put this place on your list. Trust me…Try any of their eggs benedict breakfasts (the sweet ham French toast benedict my boyfriend got was mouthwatering amazing) and you will thank me later… It really is that good.