By Alyssa De Rosa –mtltimes.ca
St-Laurent Blvd. is bustling with chic and trendy restaurants, especially when it comes to this city’s favorite meal of the day: brunch. No, not breakfast, cause we like to party until the wee hours of the morning, but brunch, where we can arrive at a spot for 1 p.m. and not feel guilty for ordering pancakes with loads of maple syrup. Having heard many good things about Sparrow before, I decided I’d see what all the fuss is about.
Sparrow, also known as Le Moineau, is a brunch and supper hotspot for anyone looking for a cool, old school looking place to hang and enjoy fresh, unique dishes. Usually there are line-ups, but considering the weather, we didn’t have to wait to be seated, however, we still ended up at the bar because by noon it was full.
The bar fits about eight chairs and is comfortable enough to eat on – you’re not crowded, nor are the chairs uncomfortable. I actually preferred being seated there as I scanned the brick wall in front of me where rows of old liquor were beautifully placed. It kind of felt like a spot you’d see in the French Quarter in New Orleans with a 1920’s cash register and bourbon bottles glistening.
When I know absolutely nothing about a restaurant and the menu is unique to say the least, I always ask for help from the staff. The bartender recommended I have the buckwheat pancaked with apple butter, caramelized walnuts and maple syrup. For an extra $2.00 I added bacon because what’s a brunch without bacon, right? My guest ordered the Turkish breakfast – a beautiful dish made up of feta slices, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, boiled eggs, flat bread and homemade jams.
The buckwheat pancakes were a great choice. Thank you, Mr. Bartender! They were fluffy yet not too thick making it possible for me to eat the entire dish! The apple butter was a sweet touch and tasted almost like a purée. As for the Turkish breakfast, the flat bread topped with their homemade fig jam was a burst of flavor. The sweet and salty pairing worked well together along with the variety of ingredients in just one dish. It was more than just a breakfast.
The staff was courteous and the ambiance was fun for a Sunday brunch, however, it does get a little too loud between the music and all the conversations happening around you.
Sparrow also offers a dinner menu starting as of 6:00 p.m. and they are open until 3 a.m. 7 days a week. Brunch is only served on weekends and begins as of 10:00 a.m. So, if you’re looking for your next brunch destination or a place to grab drinks at a cool bar, check out Sparrow. Great location and really good food!
5322 Boul. St-Laurent