MTL Cool Eats – Battle of the Brunches – Fabergé VS L’Avenue
By Alyssa De Rosa –mtltimes.ca
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – says everyone. On a Sunday morning or early afternoon, there’s nothing more satisfying than hitting up a cool restaurant for some sunshine in a plate – sunny side up please. Lucky for us, this city is packed with great brunch spots. I had the chance to indulge in two very different places – L’Avenue on Mont-Royal and Fabergé on Fairmount. Both unique and delicious with line-ups to snag a table. But, the real question is, which is better?
At L’Avenue, the menu is extensive, offering its customers a wide variety of dishes from steak and eggs benedict, to dishes filled with everything but the kitchen sink, to fluffy pancakes, there is definitely something for everyone. The décor is retro-cool with a quirky glow in the dark bathroom and motorcycle hanging from the top of the ceiling, it’s everything BUT boring. If not there early, chances are you’ll wait a line, but to be honest, it’s well worth the wait. If you’re not looking for breakfast they have a great lunch menu too with burgers and cocktails!
To satisfy my sweet and salty tooth, I ordered the peanut butter and banana pancakes which were showered in bacon bits. A very decadent selection and after seeing the portion, it’s probably a better dish shared. The pancakes were light and fluffy – very airy and not too heavy on the stomach. Considering the amount of peanut butter in the plate, it was a good thing. The combination of flavors was on point. Peanut butter and jelly who? Bring on the PB & Bacon!
We also tried the steak and eggs benedict which was a perfect brunch selection. Known for their wide variety of eggs benedict choices, this dish didn’t disappoint. The steak was tender, the eggs were not too overcooked either. The service is efficient and the prices are affordable. L’Avenue is located in a hip area, lined with cafes and little shops. It’s definitely a must on the Montreal breakfast tour – if ever you wanted to do one!
The opponent – Fabergé a neighborhood restaurant that’s been serving breakfast for over three years including their famous chicken and waffles, their breakfast poutine, as well as the classic eggs, bacon and ham. When we showed up on a Sunday at 12:30 p.m., people were already waiting for 30 minutes in the cold. Well known for its quaint atmosphere and cuisine, many flock to this popular destination for its simple and affordable menu. Having already tried their pecan French toast once upon a time, I opted for the rustic eggs benedict – Two poached eggs on a bed of wild mushrooms & St-Paulin cheese. Topped with hollandaise sauce and served on an English muffin. The dish came with a side of potatoes and toast. For one, the potatoes were very bland and the eggs broke a part way too easily. They were slightly overcooked and didn’t hold their own, however, the cheese and wild mushroom combo was well done.
We also tried Le Massif which had everything including French toast – three eggs any style, bacon, ham, sausage, beans, and creton. It was a simple dish but it worked.
Finally, when tallying up quality, service, flavor, creativity and atmosphere, L’Avenue takes the cake! I have nothing against Fabergé and let me tell you their chicken and waffles definitely looked great! But, for more variety and a cooler ambiance, L’Avenue is worth the wait!
922, Ave du Mont Royal
25, Ave Fairmount Ouest