I've been so excited to share this post with you because honestly I've been dreaming about this amazing meal I had. One Friday, my love Elisa and I planned to go for brunch together. We set a reasonable time and then, as per our usual selves, we ran late. I had originally suggested we go to Le Cartet in Old Montreal but it turned out their breakfast menu finishes at 11:15, so we had to come up with a Plan B.
I was set on trying someplace new, but we were starving and couldn't wait for my indecisive self to research a restaurant, so I suggested one of my old reliable brunch spots - L'Avenue.
Before I get into the specifics of our experience, I want to share with you my love affair with breakfast/brunch food. What used to be my most hated meal of the day has now become my favorite meal of the day. I grew up hating eggs, milk, yogurt, OJ and so on, and I have no clue why. When I was little I literally ate biscotti for breakfast everyday, or just nothing. It wasn't till I came to Montreal that I truly started to enjoy breakfast foods (although I am stilly picky about my eggs; luckily my bf makes the best eggs ever...I'd say he's mainly responsible for converting me). Where I come from in Florida, going for breakfast typically means you're headed to IHOP or Denny's...not that I'm hating on those places but you know what I mean...
Anyhow, it was Elisa's first time at L'Avenue, so I was excited to share it with her. It's located in the Plateau and it has a funky, urban, punk vibe. The bathrooms are graffitied, there's brightly painted mannequins used for decor, and there's a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling.
We both ordered delicious fresh smoothies. The menu unfortunately isn't online and I can't remember the flavors but they're huge & delicious. I definitely recommend them.
Choosing my meal I swear took forever. I literally couldn't decide. I wanted eggs benedict but I wasn't sure which one to go with, so I literally randomly decided, which usually NEVER goes well for me, but oh my god did it go right this time, oh so right. I ordered the "Tout le monde à poêle” (the menu is only offered in French...it was basically called "Everything in the pan"). It consisted of sautéed wild mushrooms, lardons, garlic confit, arugula, a cream reduction, topped with Hollandaise sauce. This was absolutely the best eggs benedict I have ever had, and that’s really saying a lot because eggs benedict is usually my go-to choice. I'll warn you though that, as you can imagine, it is heavy, but soo worth all the fat & calories that come with it. The eggs were perfectly poached. The hollandaise was warm, creamy, and buttery. The lardons added the perfect salty touch, and they were generous on the mushrooms.
Their signature potatoes, seasoned with garlic and herbs, were excellent as usual. I didn't finish my plate and still barely had room for any of my fresh fruit that comes on a cute kebab.
Elisa enjoyed her meal as well. She ordered the "Sucré-Salé" eggs benedict (translation: "Sweet & Salty"). It consisted of French toast, maple syrup, gruyere cheese, ham, poached egg & Hollandaise sauce. I almost chose this one too, but I have a feeling it would have been too sweet for my tastes.
So yeah, all that to say L'Avenue is amazing and they have the best eggs benedict in town. Be prepared to wait in crazy lines if you go on the weekend, but I promise you, it's totally worth it!
922 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Montreal, H2J 1X1, Canada