So I’m loving my new apartment near Atwater Market, but things haven’t all gone so smoothly. A month later, and I’m still unpacking and decorating. You don’t realize how much stuff you really own, until you have to move it all. Four garbage bags full of old clothes later, and there’s still not enough room.
After a week of feeling down in the dumps because unpacking seemed to be an endless task, I ventured out with Alex to the other side of my neighborhood for a bite to eat (as in, not toward the market, my usual direction). This is where we came across the perfect brunch spot and perfect cheer-me-up: Mariani. And, it’s just steps away from my place (score!).
The crowd was clearly local, boasting a range of clientele. And the décor was a mix of antique and contemporary, making for an eclectic surprise. I loved the mix and match seating and vintage bar area.
We were seated at a small table in the back where I quickly ordered a latte. I knew an eclectic place like Mariani had to have good coffee…and I was right, making me even more excited to be living nearby.
I was delightfully surprised by the abundance of Tex-Mex inspired options on the menu, like quesadillas and burritos, which could easily satisfy my typical morning cravings. They also had plenty of the breakfast basics, as well as a hearty cassolette, for the days when you wake up raging with hunger (in my case, everyday).
Alex ordered the huevos rancheros, opting for his eggs to be scrambled. Weirdo. This made it look a lot less typical than your average huevos rancheros. It included their chipotle bean mixture (underneath the heaping pile of scrambled eggs) and a delicious helping of potatoes, likely cooked on a stove top, with all the yummy crispy bits mixed in.
I ordered the breakfast burrito with bavette. It was really yummy. It was also made with their chipotle bean mixture, which has a nice smoky flavor, and perhaps a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg inside. The beef was really tender and overall the flavors came together really well.
My plate also came with a smear of raspberry jam. Apparently, they make a different flavor in-house weekly, which is really awesome because I love me some homemade preservatives.
We had a great experience, especially with the friendly service we received, and we’re looking forward to going back for supper because we’ve heard great things. This restaurant find made me love my neighborhood even more.
4450 Notre Dame St W
Montreal, QC H4C 1S1, Canada