Saturday, November 24, 2012

Maison Publique - Montreal

On a recent trip to Toronto, Brit superstar Jamie Oliver said he'd never been to Montreal, but couldn't wait to get there.  And he had good reason - he was attending the opening of Maison Publique.  Mr. Oliver is an investor in the restaurant, the brainchild of his good friend and chef Derek Dammann.  

Located in the plateau neighbourhood of Montreal, Maison's brunch menu is small, so small it's handwritten on a small piece of paper (not that we're complaining).  It's also in french, so if you don't fully speak the language, just ask.  The staff were eager to explain each dish in detail.  On our plates that Sunday morning - the bison tongue sandwich that came thinly sliced and loaded with parmesan, and the breakfast english muffin with an egg, sausage patty, cheese and some sort of amazing sweet secret sauce.  We also ordered the bubbles and squeak (a truly English classic) as a side.     
Just seeing the large fluffy pancakes served with big strips of bacon walk by us, made our mouths water. And if you're up for a challenge, there's the breakfast for two which includes - get ready - pork chops, blood pudding, bone marrow, sausage, bacon, baked beans and toast.  

MP is open for dinner and weekend brunch.         

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Le Boucan - Montreal

From one smokehouse to another - Montreal's Le Boucan, located in the artsy Griffintown neighbourhood (not far from the popular restaurant Joe Beef) puts out some of the most meaty and tender pork ribs we've ever had.  The menu is loaded with comfort food staples like 'mac n cheese', pulled pork poutine, and a sloppy yet so delectable side dish called cheesy corn.  You gotta order it.

Le Boucan only re-enforces what's so great about Montreal restaurants - delicious food made by people who care, served in a laid back and cool space.      

Monday, November 5, 2012

Brunch at Barque Smokehouse

If barbecue for breakfast sounds odd, chances are you have yet to brunch at Barque Smokehouse.  With dishes like scrambled eggs with merguez sausage, fried eggs with pulled pork, and pancakes with smoked duck, blueberry compote and chevre the decision making for any meat lover is tough.  For the benedict lovers out there, be sure to try the smoked brisket benny, that sits atop cornbread and is smothered in a BBQ hollandaise.  If that sounds a bit heavy, it is, but worth every bite.  The open faced smoked trout omelet is an equally tasty alternative. If you don't eat meat at all (or even if you do) the caramelized apple and brie french toast sounds irresistible.    
Barque's brunch runs from 10:30am - 2:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.