Sometimes all you need is a good brunch with the boys. Unfortunately, this friendliest meal can tend to be expensive, especially if you’re looking for quality. Montreal has a host of restaurants where you can have brunch, but finding the perfect spot on a budget can be tricky. Not anymore! This list rounds up some of the best affordable brunches in town, for anyone not ready to ditch a day’s work on two coffees and a loaded crepe.
To make it onto this hallowed list, every restaurant has to be affordable enough to get a good meal AND a good drink. You can’t force the girls to choose between a mimosa and an egg bennie. It’s just not done.
Fortunately, these 9 spots give you the budget room to invest in a good mocha to wash down your waffles. Each restaurant is listed with an average price – it’s the cost of a mid-range dish plus a delicious drink chosen at random. This is approximate and your mileage may vary. Let’s go.
Where: 345 Villeray Street
Why you should go: Meson offers a range of breakfast entrees, including loaded French toast and topped patatas bravas. If you want a slightly more adventurous mid-morning wake up call, they also offer a Galician-style minced octopus with poached eggs. All this, for less than $30 before taxes.
Where: 3993, boul. Saint-Laurent
Why you should go: This popular breakfast spot offers a huge variety, which is a godsend for some and a hellish gauntlet of choice for me. Getting a full plate of bacon, eggs, home fries and a side dish plus a homemade smoothie won’t even cost $25.
Where: 1940 Center Street
Why you should go: From a bowl of tofu and Japanese rice to an egg spinach concoction, this brunch spot offers a more limited menu that doesn’t compromise on quality. If you want a merguez breakfast and a good 11am cider, you’ve come to the right place.
Where: 4621 Notre Dame Street West
Why you should go: Another high-quality spot with a relatively short menu, Arthur’s offers breakfast fare with a Levantine twist, including a savory shakshuka for $20. In the budget brunch range, it’s more of a splurge, but it’s popular for a reason!
Where: 359 Sainte-Catherine Street West; 2055 Peel St.
Why you should go: With a huge menu and an equally grand interior, this restaurant is a great place for large groups. Universel serves a wide range of eggs benedict, waffles, omelettes, and breakfast sandwiches — and the booze options aren’t too bad either.
wolf and worker
Where: 139 Saint-Paul Street West
Why you should go: A more expensive spot on this list, relatively speaking, Wolf and Workman is known for its brunch options, which include blueberry and bacon pancakes and a full English breakfast. Add a cocktail and the price goes up, but not beyond our limit, if you’re a bit crafty – and sources say it’s worth it.
Where: 1840 Beaubien Street E
Why you should go: Another favorite of the whole city, Café Régine offers luxurious meals for meat lovers and vegetarians. Their sweet options, including strawberry brioche French toast and a small fruit waffle, look just as appetizing as their slightly wider range of savory dishes. If you like cheese croissants or poached eggs with mushrooms, this is the place.
Where: 4126 Ste-Catherine Street West
Why you should go: This Italian breakfast restaurant offers both beautiful plates and delicious cocktails, the perfect combination for brunch! Some of the entrees go up in price, but on the cheaper side there’s a baked Italian omelet loaded with veggies and cheeses and a gourmet breakfast sandwich with truffle scrambled eggs (!!) . Gentile sits on the line between affordable and upscale, and it’s worth a visit to see what life might be like on the other side.
Where: 701, Côte de la Place d’Armes
Why you should go: This egg-based menu has all the classics, plus expensive (??) foie gras French toast and more reasonably priced chicken and waffles. If you’re willing to spend a little more, there’s a mimosa bar open for $29 per person. It might be against the spirit of this list, but it’s absolutely in the spirit of a fabulous girls’ brunch. Only you can say what matters most.